Finding Your Perfect Business Partner

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Guest Blogger: Jason Harter enjoys business and blogging.  He is a contributing writer for

Business-partnersThere are numerous reasons why you might find the need to seek out a partner for your business.  However, this is not something that you should take lightly.  A poor decision here could be very costly and significantly compromise your future success.  So how do you pick the best business partner?  Here are a few things to consider that could help you through this very important decision.

Work Ethic

While having one hard worker and one laid-back, lazy partner might be great for sitcoms, it does not work so well in the real world.  The truth is, to have a successful business relationship with someone, there has to be an equal sharing of the workload.  This will not only keep one of the two from having too much to handle, it will also allow for you to respect one another equally.


You have to make your decision based on finding someone who can visualize the future of your business the way you do.  Differing goals and strategies are not ideal, and they will inevitably lead to conflict.  Find someone who shares your vision of success and the path necessary to reach that success.  This isn’t someone devoid of their personal opinions or suggestions about what might also work, but someone who understands where you want your business to go.

Common Threads

Friends and family can sometimes make for good business partners, provided that this is an established personal relationship that has worked for some time.  You want someone that you can connect with apart from just the business side, because bonding with your business partner will help you form a strong unified front with success on the horizon.  While you do not have to be best friends, you might want to find someone that you wouldn’t mind having over for dinner once in a while.

Square Peg – Square Hole

The most essential component to consider when it comes to finding the ideal business partner will be finding the missing piece of the puzzle.  The best kind of business partner isn’t exactly the same as you.  They have a different skill set that makes them a valuable and equally important part of the business strategy.  Perhaps they are good with communication regarding finding new customers, new business opportunities, or even just speaking with customers directly when necessary.  Maybe they are above average with computer technology and creating content for the Internet.  Whatever your missing piece is in your plan, the chink in the armor, you must find someone that fits this need perfectly.

Finding the perfect business partner is not likely something that you will do in a few minutes.  it is something that will take some time, some effort, and some patience.  However, if you take a few of these considerations into account, you might find the best possible partner to take your business to new heights and further success.