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The 13 Factors That Make a Strong Partnership

Review these 13 points you need to take into consideration before joining forces with a partner

The following excerpt is from Scott Duffy’s book Breakthrough. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple Books | IndieBoundPotentially the most important decision you’ll make in your business’s early days is whether or not to bring in partners to be co-owners alongside you. This could include searching for ...

by Scott Duffy  | May 19, 2019 06:00:00
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How to Ask Your Spouse for Business Advice

Have each other's backs, no matter what

While having a spouse who is also an entrepreneur definitely has its perks, it can create some really problematic situations, especially around risk-taking, work-life balance and the inevitable competition. My husband and I are definitely a work in progress when it comes ...

by Erin Levine  | June 27, 2018 02:00:00
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Ask the Relationship Expert: 'How Do I Reconnect With My Partner When We're Both So Busy?'

A relationship between two entrepreneurs doesn't leave much time for togetherness

What happens when running a business gets in the way of your romantic relationship, or vice versa? In this weekly column, relationship expert Marla N. Mattenson responds to entrepreneurs with love dilemmas -- because the hidden power of successful businesses are the stable, ...

by Marla N. Mattenson  | April 23, 2018 02:00:00
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3 Ways to Strengthen Your Partnership

As partners, you may glide as smoothly as Fred and Ginger. But, one day - and that day will come - you won't

We work with a lot of partnerships. Some of these entail family-member or husband-and-wife teams, like our own. Often, they are friends who want to work together because each brings something unique and useful to the partnership.There have been many brilliant partnerships (think ...

by Doug and Polly White  | December 01, 2017 02:00:00
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6 Reasons You Don't Need a Business Partner

In this entrepreneur's view, the risks are far too great

People starting off on their entrepreneurial journey often feel the need to partner up before they launch a company. That's what I did when I started in December of 1999 and as I learned, partnering can actually create more stress and difficulties ...

by Arthur Zenian  | September 23, 2017 06:00:00
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(Infographic) What to Consider Before Taking on a Business Partner

Savvy entrepreneurs use these strategies to ensure every business partnership is a match made in heaven

Great businesses are founded on great partnerships. But great businesses can also be destroyed by bad partnerships.In this exclusive infographic recapping this earlier, very popular article, these six entrepreneurs (and members of The Oracles) share their hard-won wisdom about what to watch out for before ...

by The Oracles  | February 11, 2017 06:00:00
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Choose your business partner: Veteran leader or new kid on the block?

Weigh the risks and rewards, and don't let age tip the scales in either direction

Forging a business partnership is a huge undertaking. When you create a formal alliance with someone, you’re building something very similar to a marriage. There’s a lot of faith, hope and optimism coupled with announcements, legal documents and the actual undertaking of the project at ...

by Kyle Zagrodzky  | October 27, 2016 05:00:00
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5 reasons why it’s better to set up business with a partner

Sometimes ”" no, oftentimes ”" two heads are better than one

Some of the world's most famous and successful companies, like Apple, were started by two or more co-founders. Others, like Disney, were started by just one person. Here, then, is the billion-dollar question: is one choice better than the other?Recently, I’ve been thinking ...

by Han-Gwon Lung  | October 07, 2016 08:00:00
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Pokémon gamers could soon be flocking to McDonald's

Who knows, you might just catch a Charizard while munching some fries.

Nintendo made $7.5 billion in just a few days from its new augmented game Pokémon Go—and that is only the start.“There is a second component to our business model at Niantic, which is this concept of sponsored locations,” John Hanke, Chief Executive of Niantic, ...

by Grace Reader  | July 16, 2016 03:00:00
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3 things happy marriages and successful business partnerships have in common

With partners, sometimes 1 plus 1 equals 3.

I co-founded my business with an amazing business-partner-in-crime. We have complementary skills, a shared vision and enjoy spending time together. She made starting our business more meaningful, more successful and infinitely more fun.It was not a huge surprise to me when I learned ...

by Leslie Barber  | June 16, 2016 09:00:00
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5 keys to successful sibling partnerships

Manage your similarities and differences as you collectively aim for success.

Family may know you better than anyone, but should you be in business together? Sibling partnerships have a long history of huge successes, such as the Wright brothers, and huge failures, like the Kellogg brothers. There are even far more dramatic examples ...

by Matthew Toren  | September 20, 2015 09:00:00
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An 8-point checklist to help you find the startup partner of your dreams

These eight traits indicate that a prospective venture partner is right for your business.

As an advisor to startups, I often get asked what to look for in an ideal co-founder or business partner. My first response is that it’s much like finding that ideal spouse, where chemistry, common interests and complementary communication skills are key. After ...

by Martin Zwilling  | September 04, 2015 02:00:00
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For your partnership to succeed, it needs to be balanced

How can you make sure your business partnership will last?

We’ve talked about the importance of starting a business with a co-founder to more effectively share in the responsibilities and decision-making—and most entrepreneurs still maintain that it’s extremely important to have a co-founder.With that said, there are certainly a handful of important points that ...

by Adam Callinan  | July 05, 2015 08:00:00