Business Partners

Q.: We are setting up key man insurance policies, and one of the spouses asked whether the business could pay for the family’s term life insurance policy as a benefit from the business.  Can a partnership use a partner’s family term life insurance policy as a business expense, with the intention of using the policy […]

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Family.  You can’t live with them; can’t live without them; most assuredly, want to pull your hair out working with them (sometimes). Family businesses are delicate creatures, and as James Lea (via Marian Banker’s blog) points out, trying to effect positive change takes honesty, courage, and willingness–characteristics often in short supply. I briefly worked with […]

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“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” is the attitude many entrepreneurs bring to their business partnerships.  If you’re turning a profit, who cares if it’s done by treating your partner badly, or by your sacrificing weekend after weekend to churn out the work? You should. As Alexander Stein points out in his Fortune Small […]

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From the Benefits-Outweigh-Burdens Department:  Rob Smorfitt, a serial entrepreneur, small business blogger, and Ph.D. candidate in South Africa, has looked into (and lived through) many business partnerships.  His research indicates that partnerships are a key factor in both entrepreneurial success and (perhaps even) personal stress reduction.  Read his post to find out more!

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Many thanks to Matt Bacak for pointing out two important aspects of evaluating a business partnership opportunity — things that many entrepreneurs overlook: First, If you are looking to establish a business partnership or seeking out a business opportunity, we all know how important it is to look at how much money you are going […]

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What if your partner is also your . . . partner? The Memphis Daily News on Correale Builders & Realtors in Germantown, Tennessee.  Not an unusual business, but for the fact that the business owners are both married to the job . . . and married to each other.  As the Correales admitted: . . . […]

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From Ben Canosha’s blog, a good suggestion before starting a business with others: Before going into a partnership with someone, spend time with them in three different kinds of situations: a relaxing one, a competitive one, and an intellectually stimulating one. – Joan Kelly And as a model of collaboration, his new project, Business Rules of […]

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It’s said that more than 40 percent of all marriages in this country end in divorce.  So there’s a not-insubstantial likelihood that your business could be affected by divorce . . . even if you’re not the one divorcing.  Here’s today’s query: Q:  My partner’s ex-wife is suing him for a large amount. Can it […]

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Partnerships can be tough under the best of circumstances.  Communication gets garbled even when you’re sitting right next to your business partner.  But can you imagine the challenges in having a business partner in another city, state, or country?  I cam across a post that inspired me to think about it:  one business owner is […]

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Sometimes, a break from routine is a good thing. Had Ari Weinzweig not allowed his business partner, Paul Saginaw, to drag him away from his normal business routine, the Zingerman’s Deli of Ann Arbor might not have reached its $20 million target ahead of schedule.  Saginaw impressed upon Weinzweig the need to step out of […]

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