Frustrated and a little lost as to what to do ( not really ot but kinda LOL )
Ok I have been making things and selling them for about 12 years now. I have had to change my business name a few times but I have always had at least a small customer base and am known for customerservice, honesty and quality. WELL I had just changed my name from Tres Ninas to my Texas Treasures ( I found out too late there were many many many Tres Ninas and could not get my name on various sites) and have really started busting my booty trying to do craft shows, sell locally and sell on line again all has been going well.
THEN I let my sensitive side get involved. I have a friend that I have know alomost a year. She had been going through alot of stuff and ASKED me if she could be a part of my business that she felt it would help her depression by keeping her mind off of things and keep her busy. The orginal agreement is that she would be a finacial partner and would purchase supplies and pay fees for craft shows and events and get the actual booth set up together . I would do ALL the labor and work , all inventory etc. Since she does not know how to do any crafts we also agreed that she would get supplies to make bottle cap stuff and I would "master " a few tecniques and then teach her , when she learned she would then be doing bottle cap stuff and I would do the rest, and eventually she would just do business on her own and me on my own. Well she started flaking out and I started having to pick up her "slack" ,she would not do what she said she was going to do . She would say she was going to come by and help but did not etc. It got to the point that I just bought a lot of the bottle cap supplies from her and started doing it all on my own. I tell her about this and let her know it stresses me out , she says she is sorry and will do better at keeping her word.
THEN she ask me if she can have my SS# , DL# and other personal information . I say ummmm NO why do you need that anyway. "Oh I am applying for a business loan in your company name so I can help my son get his business off the ground and I was going to just give you a few hundred of it so you can just do the buying on your own" I said NO I do not want my name or business name used for anything like that . She said ok. Then I find out not only did she go ahead and apply for the loan anyway but she also applied for some tax thing where she used MY name too! She got business cards with her name as the owner, is sending emails saying she is the owner/partner etc..
I really do not know what to do here HELP !!!!!!! She is doing NOTHING at this point in my business other than going on shopping sprees for things that SHE wants and we do not need to make anything we offer ( she just randomly buys things ) I am so stressed