To avoid disputes and give your business the best chance of success, you need to find the right business partner. If you already know that you want to work with someone else but you haven’t chosen that person yet, then it’s important to consider what you want to look for.
There are some factors that are going to be unique to your industry or the type of business you want to run. But below are a few things that will generally apply to most companies.
They should bring different skills
First off, look for someone who brings different skills and abilities than you have. This may often mean that they take on a different role within the company, which can limit disputes because the two of you are doing distinctly different things even when you’re working together.
They should have the same work ethic
Another reason for disputes is when one person feels that the other isn’t contributing as much or working as hard as they said that they would. This can also lead to some discussions over roles and who is supposed to accomplish specific tasks.
You should agree on your vision for the company
Finally, you and your partner need to talk about what you would like the company to be, what goals you have and what your vision is for the future. You may have some different ideas, and that’s fine. But you need to have relatively the same vision or you’re going to feel like you have to compromise too much or like you’re always in a dispute over what direction the company should go.
Whether you’re starting a company or resolving a dispute with your business partner, it’s important to know what steps to take.