How To Find A Business Partner
Guide To Finding The Right Business partner
Curious as to how to find a business partner? What are the characteristics a great entrepreneur? Is it a charismatic personality? The ability to crunch numbers? Being able to read a given market a give consumers exactly what they are demanding? The characteristics of a successful entrepreneur are much deeper than that, but there are a few qualities that are universal to all people who strike out to achieve their own financial independence.
Finding a business partner has many advantages, ranging from being able to share responsibilities, bounce ideas off one another, and bringing different yet complementary skill sets to the table. However, while it is easy to answer why someone would want to work with a business partner, where to find a business partner can be a much tougher problem to solve.
Friends and Family
Sometimes the best place to find a business partner is in your closest social circles. After all, who understands your goals, habit, idiosyncrasies, and entrepreneurial vision better than your friends and family members? Within those circles, weigh the qualities among your friends and family when looking for a business partner. You might think your best friend is an ideal candidate, but will you both focus on the business at hand, or spend a good portion of the time joking around and having fun? If you are looking for a business partner among friends and family circles, then approach the prospect with an analytic eye, as if you were putting together a team for a critical project. Weigh skill sets, personality compatibility, and if going into business together will strengthen your relationship, or put a negative strain on things. As a business owner, you are already making a lot of sacrifices – the last thing you need to do is sacrifice a close relationship by picking the wrong friend or family member to share the burden.
Former Professional Colleagues
When looking for a business partner, try your former place of employment. Look at people you’ve worked with on projects in the past. Maybe it was someone in your department that you got along with really well. Finding a business partner in a professional setting is usually easier than picking among friends and family, because you already know their levels of professionalism, skills, ambitions, and how well they work – both independently and with others. What’s more, looking for a business partner among former professional colleagues will give you a good idea of who is on board with your business idea. Most people dream of helping to launch a successful business, and pitching the idea to former colleagues will most likely give you a few really strong candidates from which to find a business partner.
Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book, Team of Rivals, is much more than a history book about Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet. Many business leaders recommend the book to show that, when looking for a business partner, choosing someone who is aligned with you in every way does not necessarily increase productivity. Some entrepreneurs intentionally try to find business partners who will constructively (that is the key word) challenge their ideas, and whose skill sets are dissimilar to their own. When making decisions or bouncing around ideas, finding a business partner who can offer a different point of view can help to move a business forward.
Qualities to look for when finding business partners
When looking for business partners, there are some key qualities that can greatly help your business. As mentioned above, finding business partners with complementary skill sets is important. However, there are other qualities that are often overlooked when people are looking for business partners.
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