choosing business partners

Often, when a situation is just too fraught with complications and struggle from the outset, it’s just not meant to be.  But did I listen?  No.  Not at first, anyway. For the icing on the cake: I didn’t do enough due diligence to make sure I had chosen the right partner.  Here’s the kicker:  I […]

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Oh yes, there’s more.  So it’s not enough that I didn’t know the business, that I was fronting the money, and that we couldn’t agree on basic decisions.  Amazing how blind we can become whether the prospect of “easy profits” lays tantalizingly before us. Here was the final straw: The needs of one partner were […]

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What kind of a schmuck agrees to  front the money and only take 50% (me, obviously). And another lesson from the “why didn’t I see this coming?” department: We couldn’t agree on a business name.  Sounds crazy, right?  We kept going back and forth with different names for the business — Grace wanted one that […]

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I learned the hard way (see Part 2) that looking for easy money rarely brings it.  Yet another class in the School of of Hard Knocks: I was fronting all the money.  Yes, Grace and I agreed to split everything 50/50, but because of her particular work situation, she could not “officially” be listed as an […]

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As I mentioned in Part 1 of “Choosing the Right Network Marketing Partner,” my first mistake was entering into a business that I knew nothing about (and neither did my partner).  Here’s another lesson I learned from my network marketing foible: We were in it only for the money.  I was looking for a quick fix — […]

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I’ve had a lot of experience with business partners.  Some I’ve chosen more consciously than others.  Like dating in college, some business partners you end up with because you weren’t thinking clearly (how much did I have to drink?); other business partners are divinely inspired choices. Listen in to my interview with Sam Liebowitz, “The […]

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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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A lesson from Corporate America give us a slightly different take on popularity contests and alliance partners. In writing about the legal brouhaha that frothed over Google’s purchase of YouTube, Yahoo! vet Tim Sanders points out an often-overlooked facet of choosing a business or strategic alliance partner:  what’s the downside?  Not just the downside internally, […]

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I was just contacted by a company to explore “partnering” with them.  I don’t know the company very well — they know someone I know, so it’s a 2-degrees-of-separation network.  And while they come recommended, my time is precious.  I need to be v-e-r-y careful about getting into just any ol’ partnering relationship — whether […]

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Deciding on a business partner can provide the key to a rewarding and successful long-term relationship.  Rhonda Abrams’ USA Today article outlines a number of considerations to keep in mind.  I know a number of entrepreneurs who raced into partnerships because they weren’t comfortable being alone — and, like romantic relationships, that’s usually not a […]

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