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You’ll Never Succeed If You Don’t Avoid These 8 Things for Partnership

You’ll Never Succeed If You Don’t Avoid These 8 Things for Partnership

What goes into a successful business? There is an endless list of factors that we could talk about. Yet there are various forms of businesses: those owned by a single person, partnerships, and broad companies with shareholders and board members. Each one of has its own set of benefits and challenges.

Most of the people are nice to live with, but not to do business with!

― Amit Kalantri

Of course, if you are in a partnership, there are immense benefits that can be achieved. Most importantly, you can get great synergy by combining your resources with a partner. However, it can result in many issues as well. If you want to have a successful partnership, there are things that you should do and then there are many things that you shouldn’t do! Here, we have compiled a list of pitfalls that you must avoid in order to achieve great results.

1. DO NOT ignore the basics

First thing’s first: before jumping into a partnership boat, always sit back and determine your own goals and values. If you know your business targets well, it will be easier to find a like-minded partner. Otherwise, there’s a higher chance of friction.

2. DO NOT enter into verbal agreements

When you enter into a partnership, everything looks rosy at first. At that point in time, the need for writing things down doesn’t seem very pressing. However, as you proceed into the intricacies of the business, change is inevitable and if you run into disagreements, and don’t have an plan of action, you’ll find yourself at a loss.

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If you have everything in black and white, it will be very easy to tackle issues and even diverging opinions. Enter into a properly documented partnership agreement to avoid headaches in the future.

3. DO NOT jump into a partnership rashly

This is the most disastrous step that you can take for your business! Don’t be overeager to enter into a partnership. Always do your own mathematics. Look at the pros and cons clearly. Although you will get a helping hand to propel your business forward, there will be some costs, both financial and non-financial. Just like everything else, a partnership needs sound planning.

4. DO NOT expect impractical results

You must be having great results in mind when you kick-start your business partnership. There is nothing wrong in setting high goals but be realistic in what you expect as a result of the partnership. Also, don’t expect too much from your partner. It will take some time before you can get great results out of your new deal.

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5. DO NOT have equal stakes in the partnership:

You might think that I’m confused, that maybe I meant to say the opposite. How can you be partners without having equal stakes in the business? But trust me when I say this, behind every successful business, there is ONE boss. Do enter a partnership but don’t keep it 50/50. Try to keep a different ratio so that you know who to refer to when there needs to be an ultimate decision made.

6. DO NOT expecting relationships to survive the breakup of partnership

If the partnerships breaks, your relationship will break too, whatever it was before you entered into the partnership agreement. If your partner was previously your friend or relative, chances are high that if anything goes wrong in business, your relationship won’t go back to its previous state, at least for a while.

7. DO NOT neglect getting legal advice

Legal advice is a must in all situations. Whether it’s a business matter or any issue pertaining to the partnership, you should get proper legal input. This will help you in avoiding issues and confusion. There are various legal intricacies that are difficult for a common businessman to understand so it is always better to consult the expert. This way you will reduce a lot of future issues and possible losses.

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8. DO NOT avoid planning an exit strategy

You might not agree with me here at first. After all, why would anybody want to thinking of leaving when they are at the outset of something that looks so promising? That is the case with most partnerships, and if the business ends up failing, the partners don’t know how to tackle the myriad issues that come with getting separated. Keep everything clear and well-documented and know what you’re going to do should the business go belly-up unexpectedly.

If you follow the above advice, you are sure to avoid many of the most common mistakes committed by the partners in a business. If you have any of your own tips, please let us know in the comments section below!

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Last Updated on November 19, 2018

How to Find a Suitable Professional Mentor

How to Find a Suitable Professional Mentor

I went through a personal experience that acted as a catalyst for an epiphany. When I got fired from a job, I learned something important about myself and where I was headed with my freelance career. I realized that the most important aspect of that one rather small job was the influence of the company owner. I realized that I wasn’t hurt that the company and I weren’t a perfect match; I was devastated by the stark fact that I needed a mentor and I had almost found one but lost her.

Suddenly, I felt like J.D., the main character in “Scrubs,” chasing Dr. Cox and trying to rip insight and wisdom from someone I respect. The realization that a recognized thought-leader and experienced entrepreneur severed ties with me felt crushing. But, I picked myself back up and thought about five ways to acquire a mentor without having the awkwardness of outright asking.

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1. Remember, a professional mentorship must be mutual.

A professional mentor must agree to engage in a mutual relationship because, as the comedy T.V. series showed us, one simply cannot force someone to tutor us. We have to prove that we are worth the time investment through persistence and dedication to the craft.

2. You have to have common interests with your mentor.

Even if a professional mentor appears at your job or school, realize that unless you and this person have common interests, you won’t find the relationship successful. I’ve been in situations where someone I respected had vastly different ideas about what was important in life or what one should spend his or her free time doing. If these things don’t line up, you may find the relationship won’t be as fruitful, even when the mentor knows a great deal about one industry.

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3. Thought-leaders will respect your passion.

One of the ways you can prove yourself worthy to a professional mentor is through your passion and your dedication. No one wants to spend time grooming and teaching another who will not take advice or put the effort in to improve. When following thought-leaders on Twitter and trying to engage with higher-ups in a work setting, realize that your actions most often speak louder than your words.

4. Before worrying if he respects you, ask if you respect him.

On the other side of the coin, you should seriously reflect on those common interests and make sure you respect your professional mentor. Just because someone holds a title, degree or office does not mean that person is trustworthy or honest. Don’t be swayed by appearances and take the time to find a suitable professional mentor.

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5. Failure is often the best way to learn

I honestly have made more mistakes than I can count. I know I’ve learned a great deal from poorly organized businesses and my own poor choices. The most important quality I’ve developed is an ability to swallow my pride and learn from my mistakes. If life knocks me down nine times, I get back up 10 times. One of the songs Megadeth wrote, “Of Mice and Men,” resonates in my mind when I pull myself up by my bootstraps and try again for a goal I’ve set: “So live your life and live it well. There’s not much left of me to tell. I just got back up each time I fell.” Hopefully, this brief post can act as a professional mentor to you in your quest to find not only a brave leader but also a trusted adviser.

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