I think it is a good way to begin since friends tend to be more trustfull when begining a business as long as the two parts know when to separate business and personal relationship.. I'm starting a little graphic design7fashion business with some friends and every technical thing is watched by some acounting and lawyer friends.. so as long as we don't get money crazy , we think is off to a good star and a nice oportunity to grow and eventually move on into different things...
depends on how you want to pursue it. if partners, i would not recommend, as being creative we love our spaces. with friends, doing business project wise, independently is the best way. this way you enjoy and maintain freedom and space.
It just seems as if so very much could fall apart from the risk of getting friends or even family involved, it really depends on the nature of whoever you're wanting to work with. A lot of the time these people get a hidden agenda in the works but I'm honestly not speaking from experience and just heeding the words of others
it depends from the friend! a good suggestion is always to talk things through, and with a friend is easier than with a person you don't know well. i'm in business with a friend with which i collaborate sometimes to make websites and i'm happy with it, it's a trust based relation so things work great. to be clear about the money part it's always good
mmm don't know but in freelances ALL friends loves your work that's for shure, but some of them think that they can get it for free!!! ... or almost free. (friends or family jobs) aren't good money-making bussines.