I'm back from vacation and excited to start my new "job". I mentioned I was going to work toward becoming a partner in an existing small/new bakery. I've always wanted to have a bakery .....but I KNOW I can't do it alone and really don't want to do it alone! My hubby wasn't supportive of my previous attempt, so I stopped it before I made any investments. (May sound weird to some of you. But I respect my marriage and hubbys thoughts...we don't make investments or go down life changing paths unless we're BOTH in agreement) This time, going in with an existing business brings reality and opportunity into focus for him and I believe he's on board with the plan. The imediate plan: work with Cindy (who started this bakery) for a couple months to see if we work well together before we draw up any contracts. It's a risk for both of us, opening up to each other and putting forth our best efforts knowing that nothing will remain "your own". My recipes will be hers and visa versa. My contacts will be hers, her contacts will be mine, etc... I have nothing to loose. I retain my job experiences and ability to seek future employement if this doesn't work. It gives me the opportunity to put some of my dreams and thoughts into action and find out if I can do what I think I can do. Let's me chase a dream with a partner who can contribute and hopefully will be strong in the areas I am weak and let me help in areas where I am strong and she is weak. Why write this? For feedback, thoughts, wisdom from those of you that have ventured down a similar road. Tell me where the landmines lay and how to approach and pass them with-out stepping on them.... I know partnership is something most of you frown on.....for many reasons. BUT if you did have a partner, what would you tell me to do so that this works successfully?