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To ensure that this doesn't happen, it's important for both parties to take time and think carefully about what they want out of the partnership before getting started.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), 50% of all businesses in the United States are in partnerships. And those that go bust usually do so within the first two years. That's a staggering number, and it serves as proof that while having a business partner is beneficial, it isn't without risks.
When considering a business partnership with someone, there are a few essential elements to consider...
· The Same Objectives And Principles
Both parties need to be on the same page with regards to what they want to achieve and how they plan on achieving it.
· A Positive Track Record Of Success
At first glance, this may seem like a no brainer but it's surprising how many people enter into business relationships without considering whether their new partner's past projects have been successes.
· Effective Collaboration Synergy
You want to make sure you are natural partners. This happens when the two parties have complimentary skill sets and work together to enhance the others’ performance.
· A Shared Duty of Ensuring That the Company Operates Smoothly
Both parties need to agree on how they will decide things, who is responsible for what and when key decisions are made.
· An Eagerness To Tackle Issues As They Emerge
If you have different expectations or ideas that are causing the business to function poorly, it's important for both parties to agree on how they will handle such issues as they arise.
This combination of components in a business collaboration is advantageous to both parties, especially since it is founded on the concept of mutual gain. Companies that practice this type of symbiotic relationship can mutually strengthen their business plans, which can lead to better chances at success in the long run. And when all these elements and ideas are in alignment, partnerships can be extremely rewarding.
A strong business partnership can lead to success that's almost unstoppable. But when things go wrong, it can be a total disaster. So how do you make sure your partnership doesn't go bust?
Here Are 10 Tips To Avoid Common Pitfalls Of Business Partnerships:
1. Have The Same Vision
This is crucial. If you and your business partner can't see eye to eye on where the company is going, there will be problems. You need to be on the same page if you want the partnership to succeed.
2. Communicate Effectively
Communication is key in any relationship, but it's especially important in a business partnership. If you and your partner can't communicate effectively, things will quickly fall apart
3. Share The Same Goals
This one is also key. If you and your business partner have different goals for the company, it will be difficult to operate successfully. You must be on the same page and striving towards the same objectives.
4. Have The Same Work Ethic
This one is important, especially if you're going to be working together. It will be tough for you and your business partner to establish a good working relationship if you have different work ethics. You need to feel confident that your partner is doing their part and making an effort.
5. Take The Time To Get To Know Your Business Partne
Many people overlook this step, which might not appear to be a problem at first. You need to make sure you are compatible with your potential business partner before jumping into something serious. Getting to know someone well can help you avoid future problems, or even disaster.
6. Talk About Your Business Goals
This doesn't imply you need to go into detail about the company's future, but it does imply that you must talk about your short-term goals. This will help both partners stay committed and motivated.
7. Address Problems Quickly
You don't want to go into business with someone who is stubborn or defensive when there are problems. If you and your business partner can't address problems quickly, they will only get worse.
8. Have A Business Pla
Even if you're just getting started with a business partner, creating a business plan is advisable. This will assist both partners in staying on track and avoiding any potential disasters.
9. Set Boundaries
If you're in a business partnership, it's not all about you anymore. For the sake of the company, both parties must be able to put aside your own personal interests and requirements. This is critical for ensuring that both parties are serious about the business transaction.
10. Have A Backup Plan
A company collaboration can be delicate. If one of you is incapacitated or otherwise unavailable, the other partner needs to have a fallback strategy. If they must manage situations on their own, they must be capable of doing so. The company may fail completely if this doesn't happen.
It's been said that business partnerships are the way of tomorrow. When you find a business partner who shares your values and goals you can accomplish more together than the individual parts could ever hope to do. Many businesses, on the other hand, still believe they can succeed in the marketplace without forming a partnership.
Despite what some business owners may think, establishing a business partnership will allow for greater return on investment while also helping you achieve exceptional results in an effortless manner. This, in turn, leads to long-term success and stability - which is exactly what businesses need to stay ahead of the competition!
Creating a business partnership is an opportunity to bust your way out of the rat race and onto the fast track to success.