Business Partners

People often view a marital prenup like having a bucket of ice-cold water dumped on your head. Small business owners are no different. When they look to form business partnerships, the thought of negotiating a business partnership agreement can be too chilling to contemplate. Problem is, when you start working together without working out the […]

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Reproduced from my weekly ezine, LexAppeal: As I mentioned last week, business partnerships are delicate creatures.Like Japanese maple trees, you need to plant them in the right soil, protect them from harmful pests, and tend them carefully.Any one of these factors could cause the tree to wither and die. As the proverbial gardener of your […]

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This isn’t just business divorce, it’s “real” divorce.  The business divorce is the icing on the cake and people fight over it the way they do over children, favorite pets, or heirlooms. There are two main ways a family business can be owned.  (1) One spouse owns the business.  In that case, the non-owner spouse […]

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Two (or more) people want to go into business together.  They’re holding hands (metaphorically speaking), ready to skip lightly down the path of shared entrepreneurship, when a legal questions arises:  what form of business should we choose? The short and obvious answer it:  it depends.  And the decision is a crucial one that should involve […]

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Today’s lesson: you can’t just “walk away” from a business partnership. Another submission from the Department of Horror Stories. “Marcia” started a corporation about 15 years ago. She and her former partner, “Dara,”personally guaranteed a line of credit for the company.About 10 years ago, and after a protracted lawsuit, Marcia left the corporation with an […]

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I recently had the pleasure of speaking to (and then finally meeting in person at the BlogHer for Business conference) Sharon Horowitz, PhD, principal of the consulting firm, CenterNorth.  In addition to possessing a keen intellect and a background in psychology (not to mention a charming South African accent), Sharon has put together a brilliant white […]

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When the American Colonies declared their independence from the British crown on July 4, 1776, they also came together as the “thirteen united States of America.” So when times comes to declare your independence from the tyranny of unsatisfying work, will you join forces with another? If your thinking of forming a partnership, here’s a […]

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Such a saga!  Here’s how it ended: Grace finally confided that had changed her mind and she didn’t want to be involved with the network marketing organization.  But, if I still wanted to go forward with it, she’d do so, because she promised me that she would. I told Grace that if she really wasn’t […]

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From the other side of the globe, I came across an interesting post on “Mixing Business with Friendship,” which adds a slightly different nuance to our earlier friends and family post.  It agrees that “[n]o one can be a partner, simply because he or she is your friend.”  It also points out how deceptively comfortable […]

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Well if this just isn’t the week for Beatles songs!  Justin Knowacki has a post on getting by (or not) by doing business with friends, which brings up an excellent subject:  should your friends (or family, for that matter) become your business partners? The short and obvious answer is . . . it depends. As […]

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