Finding a great partner you can trust is vital to maintaining a healthy business partnership. Conflicts can make work harder and leave you carrying the weight of the full business on your shoulders. But the other side of the equation is that it is also vitally important that you be a great business partner. Your role in the partnership is equally important to the other person. Here are some tips on being a great business partner.
Be the partner you are looking for. All of the aspects you hope to find in a business partner should also be found in you. Your partner should be able to trust you and work well with you. You need to be approachable and reliable. You have to be willing to work together to make the business successful.
Carry your share of the workload. A business partner is not someone you choose to do all the work; they are a partner. Duties and risks should be evenly divided. An up-front agreement on what is expected of each person is a good idea. It’s also important to put everything in writing.
Give and take. Life and business partnerships are two-way streets. Be sure to not only share your ideas but listen to your partner’s ideas as well. Have open discussions and work toward mutual agreements. Carefully work with your partner to find what works best for the business together.