What makes a good business partner?

| August 11, 2018

Working with people is hard but working on your own can be even harder. Still, the real struggle starts when you realize that you need to find the right person to assist you in your business endeavors.

The questions of traits and qualities of such person emerge right away and soon, you find yourself perplexed over whom to choose.

So, who should that be?

Someone reliable

A reliable business partner is a person who will share your vision and is willing and able to put in an effort into achieving a goal you both strive for. In order to make sure you have the right person, try and test them before reaching the final decision.

You can give them a task that will demonstrate their commitment to timely turnover, creativity, and understanding of what you’re asking of them. Not only will that give you enough information about their working habits but it will also indicate any potential weaknesses and sore points.

Someone compatible

You don’t necessarily have to choose a partner who likes the same colors as you. You do have to choose the one who shares your vision and values, though. Picking someone who is a good friend but who also lacks personal and emotional stability is probably not a good idea.

You don’t have to be best friends with your business partner but they have to be clear-headed and down to earth because every business requires devotion and patience.

Someone you trust

The chances are, you have already invested quite an amount of money into your business. On top of that, if you’re doing things right, you are likely to earn more and more money as times goes by. For this reason, it is of pivotal importance that you pick someone you absolutely trust with finances.

You should be keenly aware that your business partner will have access to all the sensitive data and any breaches may cost you a fortune. It is here that you may even want to check their criminal records or make sure they have a police clearance certificate.

Someone open

Communication is important between partners of any kind, let alone business partnerships. Finding a business partner who is open toward constructive conversations but one who is also capable of admitting their mistakes and limitations might be vital to your business. It is from this willingness to own up to their faults that your future cooperation will stem from.

Not everyone has the ability to admit they were wrong. Even more importantly, taking appraisal as an opportunity for future growth and personal development is likely to give your communication a significant boost.

Someone practical

Having a vision is one thing and turning it into reality is another. Creating practical plans and making them come true requires that both you and your partner have your minds firmly set on the goals that you will reach by executing all the important steps.

Your ideal partner should be someone who has a hands-on approach to business and demonstrates a structured perspective. This may mean that you will also have to create a quality exit strategy to be a safety net for both of you.

Someone audacious

Venturing into the world of business involves taking risks every so often. It would only be reasonable to have a partner that can rise to a challenge and be adventurous. This will help you try out different and new approaches to doing business.

On top of that, that person can present you with a new point of view and hint at ideas that you shy away from, giving you enough reasons to take risks.

Final thoughts

Once you decide who your partner will be, make sure you have a set of firmly fixed rules with very little room for manipulation. Setting clear boundaries will not only enrich your communication but it will also allow your business to reach its full potential.

Amelia Atkins

Amelia Atkins is an author at Smooth Decorator and a fresh architecture student. The love for architecture and design runs in her family and she knew what she wanted to do from a very young age. You can often find her with a notepad in hand, just looking at the clouds, dreaming about the next skyscraper.