Trust your gut. If you sense a bad egg or red flags pop up during initial discussions, trust your gut. As a small business owner, mistakes come out of your pocket.
A way to avoid messy situations and building up a good rapport with your partners is by:
1) Never assuming
2) Communicate early, and often, about expectations, roles and responsibilities
This holds true for vendor partners as well as clients you may work with.
Hear the full video on tip #2:
Would you say you take the lead role in communicating expectations, roles and responsibilities?