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John Seckel, San Diego, How to Choose a Business Partner

When it comes to choosing the right business partner, there is a broad list of serious considerations to make. A successful business is so hard to establish, so with that fact in mind, a partner should be selected with the utmost of care. A prospective partner should exhibit a tremendous amount of enthusiasm towards the […]

When it comes to choosing the right business partner, there is a broad list of serious considerations to make. A successful business is so hard to establish, so with that fact in mind, a partner should be selected with the utmost of care. A prospective partner should exhibit a tremendous amount of enthusiasm towards the type of business that they seek to partner in. They should also have a long and established record of operating a similar business with some success. No one wants a business partner that they have to babysit, encourage, and push towards success. A business partner should generate their own momentum and pull all of their own weight.

5 Tips For Choosing a Great Business Partner

1. A Partner With Skill – The best type of business partner is one that brings real tangible skill sets to the table that will help to grow any particular business. If a business isn’t reaching its full potential due to a lacking skillset then be sure to seek a partner that can bridge that skill gap.

2. Shared Values – A Christian minister isn’t going to create a successful startup with a drug-using womanizer. When it comes to choosing the right business partner, they need to share the same business and personal values as the person seeking the partnership. Shared values usually bring about a shared and common vision which is vital in ushering a business towards success.

3. Lose The Baggage – It is generally advisable to choose a prospective business partner with the least amount of personal and professional baggage. Baggage has a bad habit of resurfacing at inopportune times and derailing forward momentum. Choose a business partner that is free to move into a positive future.

4. Financially Stable – Another red flag to look for in a prospective business partner is financial instability. If a person cannot manage their own finances properly, how can they ever be expected to bring a business into financial stability and success? Choose a business partner that is financially stable and smart with money.

5. Great Ethics Are a Must – Anytime a prospective business partner is considered their personal and professional ethics should be scrutinized. Personal and professional ethics usually heavily overlap so be sure to choose a business partner that meets your ethical standards in all areas of their life.

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