Fri 11 Apr 2008
How to Handle Your Small Business Partners
If you have one or more partners in your small business, then you need to ensure that your partnership sails smoothly. Any internal or external problems that arise need to be handled deftly and tactfully, before they get out of hand.
Keep It Professional
Even if you have your spouse or family members as business partners, keep all the aspects of running your company as professional as possible. Do not let emotions get in the way of making tough decisions.
A professional setup with contracts that everyone has signed will ensure that you earn the maximum amount of money - and that your customers and suppliers will be comfortable in dealing with your business.
Create the Proper Business Entity
Ensure that you create a Limited Liability Company or a Corporation, so that none of the partners are held financially responsible for another's mistake.
Ask your accountant which configuration that best suits your small business and adopt that entity.
Know Your Partners Commitment and Passion
When you're running a small business, your partners' commitment level and passion for the business will largely determine its success or failure.
Your partners should be as fired up as you are for the business to succeed - and should also have fun while striving to reach common goals.
Keep Transparency in the Partnership
Make sure all terms are clear before signing any documents. Explain your role and your partners' roles in the business. When it comes to money and investments, you should also keep each of the partners' interests separate and clear.
Clarity, professionalism and tact are definitely required if your small business partnership is to survive and thrive in this competitive market. Remember that your partners are part of your business family - so always treat them with respect.