business partners

I’m often asked, “what’s a fair division of ownership between busienss parnters” and “how much equity should I give an investor?” The short and obvious answer is: it depends. In his short post by the same name, David Ronick, founder of UpStart Advisors, illustrates how one entrepreneur thought through the process when raising capital, after […]

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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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Post image for Basic Training: Is My Conniving Co-Owner Embezzling?

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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Post image for Getting ‘Kinected’

Carrie and Matt McCulloch are not only husband and wife, they’re first-time business buyers and the owners of Kinected, an up-and-coming pilates studio in NYC.  I had the pleasure of sharing a speaking panel with Carrie (along with Terri Coffel, CPA, of Citrin Cooperman and Sally Anne Hughes of Hughes Klaiber LLC) on the subject […]

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Post image for The Importance of Regular Checkups

You may roll your eyes and picture your grandmother waggling her finger in your face saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, young lady,” but she was right. How simple would it have been to floss regularly, instead of having to go through the time and expense of filling a cavity? My husband […]

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Post image for Basic Training:  Bums as Business Partners

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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Post image for She Takes on the World: Interview with Natalie MacNeil

“She Takes on the World” is not just a glowing compliment my husband gives about me (and, frankly, could pertain to many of you)–it’s the name of the award-winning blog by Natalie MacNeil, media producer, entrepreneur, former ambassador and Stevie Award finalist. Listen in as we cover why she felt a code of ethics was […]

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From Ask Entrepreneur, comes this Q&A on an issue that arises quite frequently in business partnerships: Q.: How do you deal with business partners who have a different vision for the future of your business? Read on to learn mediator and conflict management expert Dr. Eleanor Robin’s response to this thorny question!

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Post image for How Business Partnerships Can Be Counterintuitive

Life is supposed to be about the journey, not the destination (or so I’m told). Yet, when it comes to starting a business–or a business relationship like with business partners–what’s the best advice I can give? Begin with the end in mind.  It sounds counterintuitive, doesn’t it? To think about what could be the end, the […]

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Post image for Basic Training: Capital vs. Sweat Equity: What’s a Fair Buyout?

Q: I’m in a situation where one owner is an active “sweat equity” owner; the other is inactive but provides financial capital. I’m the sweat-equity owner who has put in the hours and grown the business, while the other has been gone for months at a time. I am now in the process of trying […]

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