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In business, like in life, finding an optimal partner can be a tricky quest. Choosing a good business partner is paramount to the success of any business. You and your partner will spend a lot of time together, especially at the beginning of a project, and you will grow very close as time goes by, so it’s important to start on the right foot.
Your relationship with your partner should be built on strong and lasting foundations: good communication, mutual trust, and shared goals.
Share the Same Goals and Ambitions
It’s very important that both you and your business partner are on the same page in terms of outcomes and business goals. You need to strive for the same endpoint, or you might get stuck on the way.
Both of you should have equal faith in your project. If one is pushing more than the other, your relationships and efforts will be unbalanced, which may lead to unnecessary confrontations, resentment, and ultimately a failed business.
An even dose of motivation and positivity is needed to make sure you and your business partner support each other when the hard times come – And believe me, they will.
The Yin-Yang Concept
The two sides of a coin, two halves of an apple, Yin-Yang. Use whichever metaphor you prefer, but make sure you and your business partner fully complete each other, so as to become one strong unity.
You should both complement each other’s qualities and skillsets. For example, one of you might be very business-oriented, with great attention to detail and fantastic organizational skills, while the other might have a more holistic vision of the business and deal with the creative side of things.
At the same time, it’s still important that you are compatible as individuals and share some qualities and interests that you can bond over. For example, you might have the same sense of humor or share common cultural references. As opposite and complementing as you might be, you still need to get along well!
Trust for Each Other
Much like in everyday life, the strongest foundation of a relationship is mutual trust.
If you and your business partner don’t trust each other, it will be very difficult to stick together through thick and thin and overcome the inevitable challenges of building a business.
Remember to always keep the business and each other’s best interests in mind!
Have Exceptional Communication
The other key element in any business relationship is the ability to communicate clearly with your partner. You should be comfortable expressing concerns and doubts, as well as formulating new concepts and ideas.
Hard times can actually be blessings in disguise so you get to know the best and worst of your partner. How do you both act and react to a crisis? How do you work through it? Communication is especially important at these times!
Survive a Fight
Clear and effective communication also means that you and your partner will be able to fight over business decisions without ruining your relationship.
Respectful and rational arguments are actually a healthy way of surpassing hurdles and working out solutions for the business. Provided the arguments don’t degenerate in shouting matches, they will actually foster equality between you and further strengthen your professional and personal relationship.
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