When my friend and I graduated college we decided to go into freelance software development as a way to earn money until we both get jobs. We were fortunate enough to have signed on clients fairly quickly and started to get money coming into our business.
We've been doing freelancing as our full-time gig, until recently when I was hired on by a software development company full-time. Part of my employment at this company means I am not able to do any freelance work that will compete against the company's services. Around the same time I was transitioning from freelancing to being employed full-time, we met with investors interested in financing some of our non-freelancing projects and bringing them to the market.
After speaking with the company, and my business partner, we have come to a decision that I will still be involved with our software business, but I will be completely uninvolved in freelance work and instead work strictly with our investors on our non-freelancing projects.
The problem, though, is that despite mentioning multiple times that I wish to not be involved in the freelancing side of our business, he insists on involving me with freelancing work. We have agreed I'll be available to answer any software related questions for client projects we have both worked on, but he has often shifted or scheduled our business meetings to be primarily about freelancing. Whenever he does this, I make it clear to him that I am not going to be working on any freelancing work and I have him make the final decisions on any freelance related questions.
However, this behavior is still continuing and I would like for it to stop. I feel like I have very little time to work on projects now that I'm full-time and when he wants to have these meetings it feels like my time is being taken away to focus on work I do not want to be involved in. How do I tell my friend that I feel that he is not respecting our agreement for me to no longer be involved in freelancing and get him to stop?
- I have told him before that not only am I not allowed to do freelancing work, but I also do not want to work on it due to time constraints and lack of interest
- He is also going to be working with the investors on the projects. He wants to do freelancing work as a source of additional income
- He wants to put any money made from freelancing into our shared business account. I have informed him he is free to just take whatever he has made from freelancing for personal use and I will not touch anything he has made through freelancing unless it's a mutually agreed upon business expense