I have a question that was probably never asked before here in the workplace StackExchange. Let me give you some background about me first:
- I own a small software company which isn't going well (financially)
- Over the years I have had only a few clients (and sadly almost all of them refused to pay in time, or at all)
- A few months ago a business owner of a small, but sustainable company (has been in business for over 20 years and made tons of money) contacted me about some minor programming work and was very impressed with it.
- Because of that, he reached to me about a big project that he wanted to develop for quite some time, but never found someone good enough for it.
- Over the time, I started to think of this person as a friend more than a client.
Now after giving all that background information, let's get to the point. My business is going awfully at the moment; I do not have any paying customer besides that person, and I am seriously considering shutting down my business and going back to work for somebody else if the conditions do not improve within a month or two.
Once my business is closed, before trying to contact any other company, I would like to ask that person to hire me full-time. Although I am confident (about 60%) that he might say yes to it, I would like to do it without "hurting" any current friendship in case he decides not to.
What's the best approach to do that?
PS: Just to point that out, in case it was not obvious: I have never discussed any financial problem of my company with him, especially because after all he is a client.
I am sorry for the long text; I just felt like it was necessary to give you some background information first.