business partnerships

I’ve written a lot about choosing the right business partner, but as I was trolling the Internet, perusing article on the numbers of people laid off and contemplating entrepreneurship (whether by choice or by default), the thought struck me: Your “home office” environment is a huge factor in the success (or failure) of your enterprise.  Melinda […]

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OK, so I’m somewhat biased, but I think lawyers can make for great business partners.  We have a knack for detail-orientation that many entrepreneurs would rather gloss over.  We’re careful, read everything, and tend to be risk averse.  A perfect foil for the stereotypically free-spirited business owner. But sometimes, it’s not such a good idea, […]

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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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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s no surprise that thoughts turned toward relationships. And frankly, with romantic partnerships, whether we like it or not. We’ve all heard the stories (and seen the Jerry Springer episodes) where romantic couples, having married within nanoseconds of each other, grow to realize that their partner: Has really […]

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True confessions time:  the last few months have been very hard because, well, for all of my desire to be the Business Partnership Expert, my own business partner and I parted company as of December 31, 2007.  It was my decision.  There were things in the partnership that just weren’t working, and others that I […]

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In my more than 15 years of practicing law and working with entrepreneurs, I can say there is at least one bright spot in the world of business partnerships. Now, I haven’t done a formal survey or hired a company to run focus groups, but I’ll say this based on what I’ve seen from working […]

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Thanks go to Lindsay Eisenhut for pointing me to Prendismo.com.  They have a number of short videos on aspects of business partnerships.  Topics include: Partnership benefits Challenges and pitfalls Friends and family Ownership Trust Check it out!

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Post image for Help! My Business Partner Is Driving Me Crazy! Teleseminar

Are you at odds with your partner because your partnership agreement can’t help you avoid disputes? Are you gung-ho on sales but your partner takes more of a wait-and-see attitude? Do you feel like you’re talking to your business partners until you’re blue in the face but no one seems to understand your position? Well, […]

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My Sunday mornings begin . . . at the end.  Of the New York Times Magazine, that is.  I’ll peruse the Lives column, for stories about, well, people’s lives.  Then, I’ll jump to the front of the magazine and indulge in an “educational minute” with William Safire’s column On Language.  Before I move on to fun […]

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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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