Business Partners

When you’re starting your business, partnership agreements can seem a tedious exercise.  Not only do they take time and careful planning, but also partnership agreements can feel like a bucket of cold water–a real reality dose on your starry-eyed beginnings. Listen in to my BlogTalkRadio interview with Wendy Hanson of The Sassy Ladies, where we cover […]

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  “I’m done. I’m done! I’m not giving him anything else. The man practically destroyed my business. He doesn’t deserve another red cent.” My client, Valerie, rants while I listen patiently on the phone. She finally got up the gumption to kick out her low-achieving business partner, and we’re in the throes of a settlement […]

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Entrepreneurs who want to raise capital from angel investors really need to consider the process from the angel’s point of view. Every audience you’re trying to sway needs to be able to see “what’s in it for them”.  I’ve heard people quip that the most popular radio station in the world is WIIFM–“What’s In It […]

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Today’s basic training involves a sad story. A woman gave her heart to another . . . and to his business. What thanks does she get? She gets jilted, in more ways than one. Yet another reason to have a business prenup if your personal relationship sours.  Read on . . . Q.:  I was […]

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Sometimes, it takes a couple of bricks to the head to learn a lesson (ergo, the month-long blogging silence).  Here I am, Madam Genius, Esq., blogging about business partnerships, and I violated all my own good advice about choosing one wisely. A while back, a colleague approached me about getting involved with a network marketing […]

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Q: I have a business partner (“John”). He is majority shareholder with a 55/45 split. We act primarily as a subcontractor for a small number of other companies. We do not have an operating agreement. We typically travel and complete projects together. Due to a scheduling conflict, I cannot go on our next project. Knowing this, […]

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From the Department of “Was that form of exit strategy written into our partnership agreement?” comes this story from the Chicago Tribune of an Illinois business partnership gone wrong.  Apparently, the home rehab business — started by two friends — was experiencing financial difficulties.  It seems that one partner wanted to take out more money to […]

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Q: I have an S Corp that includes myself and my partner, 50/50 ownership. I put in all the capital and do 90 percent of the work. I cannot get my partner to leave the business. What do I do? A: Whether, and how, you can “kick the bum out” depends on whether you have a […]

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Business partnerships are easy to begin, tough to maintain. (Equally tough is finding a webcam freeze frame that doesn’t make me look downright goofy). In this video, I’m interviewed by Phil Simon, technology expert, management consultant, and author of the recently-released The Age of the Platform (his 4th book). We cover a range of business partnership issues including: What prompted me […]

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Post image for Basic Training: Could An Agreement Save This Family Business?

Q: I have worked for my dad for more than a decade. He recently told me he wants to stop working but says he is not retiring. He wants to be paid the same amount of money and he wants himself and his wife to keep being covered by medical insurance through the business. He said […]

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