When you say you are the talent and he is the money, it implies your
partnership agreement was he fronts the money and you front the
I think you should try to see things from his perspective. He won’t
make money until the completed items sell (and are collected upon).
The same holds true for you (if my above interpretation is valid).
You are each providing essential value to the cause. His contribution
is funding the biz(materials, overhead etc), yours is labor(I’m
unclear what ‘sourcing’ actually means. are you making or reselling?)
If he were to pay you before any income is produced he in essence is
now becoming your employer and would be entitled to the end result of
your labor(above and beyond the hourly wage, ie… the profit on
your labor), and you would lose your interest in the final profit. If
he pays you now and then again later he’s paying twice.
Imagine you had done this on your own, without a partner, you
provided both capital and labor. If you didn’t sell anything from
what would you pay yourself?
You were taking a calculated risk when you started this venture with
him. He was too. Is HE getting paid yet? Then why should you? I know
that sounds harsh but it wasn’t meant as a condemnation, rather a
clarification of the core issue. If both of you take risk, then both
of you share in the profit. If there’s no profit then you both share
the loss. He loses his money and you lose your time.
Perhaps you could have a frank but friendly discussion with him and
iron out a distinct program of responsibilities and compensation. You
should both go see a lawyer…not for a fight but to avoid one. Form
a legit company with detailed…details.
As for your travel expenses, that’s a very grey area without a
I might ask myself if the potential payoff is big enough to overcome
the grief you feel now.
I’m certainly not an attorney but I’ve kicked around courts enough
to know that the burden of proof is on the plaintiff. Without a
written contract you’ll have a hard time proving anything. Then you
will certainly have lost your investment(your time so far) because he
will likely sever the relationship. Before your meeting distance
yourself from the situation, take a cold even handed look at things
and the answer may become clear to you.