I usually leave the `legal` stuff to others.
Without getting into details at this point, you`d mentioned that you`re
starting an online business, yet you are still using 20th century operations principles
...I can ask my friend to either come to my place and do the fulfillment work. Or I can drop off the stuff at his place (once a week/month) so he can do the work out of his home. Whichever makes the process easier. (I willing to take the risk if something goes bad my friend is not going to sue me. I am not worried about that.)
IMHO, if I were in your situation, knowing what I know, I`d utilize 21st century business development principles whereby initially, your friend gets paid `piece work` wages working from their home and maybe with some additional incentive.
What I mean is, I`d set up a virtual system whereby you both are notified via E-mail when orders come in as that is when your friend`s work really begins. If there are no orders, why pay someone to do nothing?
When your system is setup using the right software(s) and fulfillment process, the majority of the data is digitally stored and accessible to you in `real time` anytime you want it even if your friend needs to add data to it. How to do this exactly requires additional info and then a plan, but at least maybe this will give you something to ponder.
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