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A business partner can help grow your business to new levels, but you can’t choose just anyone to stand by your side. Your business partner should want to see your business grow just as much as you do with the same level of dedication and enthusiasm. They should also have the same business philosophies as your own; you and your business partner should be compatible since you’ll be making major long-term decisions together. Here are a few things to keep in mind while looking for the right business partner. 

First of all, you need to find someone who shares the same entrepreneurial vision as you do. Working through your differences is all well and good, but if you don’t work with someone who shares the same vision and values as you, things will get a lot more complicated moving forward. You have to be able to communicate effectively with one another to make decisions, set goals, and figure out how to move the business forward. Having a business partner who doesn’t align with your vision makes things much more difficult.

Keep in mind that the business partner you choose shouldn’t have a lot of personal baggage. If they’re dealing with a lot of challenges in their personal life, it can easily transfer over to and affect your business as well. While you can decide to give someone a chance despite their personal circumstances, know that running a business takes time, focus, and a lot of energy. If your partner can’t expend any of that due to their personal life, you should look elsewhere.

When considering who to be your business partner, you should choose someone who has good personal and business ethics. Your business partner should be someone you trust; find someone who values honesty and has good personal and business ethics. Someone who doesn’t could take your clients, ideas, or even your entire company. 

Despite being careful, it’s always possible that something could come in between you and your business partner, leading to one of you breaking off the partnership. Before stepping into a partnership, you should plan ahead for this scenario. All business agreements should be in writing since a partnership is a legal bond; having decisions in writing will cover you should the breakup go wrong.