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Tips for finding the ideal business partner

When starting a new business with someone else, much of your potential for success hinges on whether or not you can find the right business partner. Trust your gut.

You need the perfect person for the job. Here are a few tips on how to find them:

  • Work together first: If possible, spend some time on other jobs, perhaps as co-workers or even in a volunteer capacity. Get to know the person's work habits. See him or her in action before going into business together.
  • Avoid someone looking to "get rich quick." A business takes work, it takes time and it takes dedication. Someone who thinks you can just get rich overnight may burn out on the idea far too quickly or take unneeded risks. Make sure you both understand what it will take and that you're both dedicated.
  • Spend leisure time together: Take a vacation. Take up a hobby. Even something as simple as going to the gym together twice a week can give you time to connect. Forge that relationship in other ways before you turn to your career.
  • Find someone with the same goals and the same values: You do not have to be identical, but you need to be compatible. You need to have the same vision for your company. When these things align, then you can truly work together toward that end.

When you do find the right business partner, then it is time to look into all of the proper legal steps you need to take to start a business. This could include registering your company, setting up a partnership agreement and much more.

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