The Rules . . for Business Courtship – Part 1

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Finding the Right Partner

So, you’ve broken up with your former business partner, or you are starting a new business, and looking for someone who is a good fit.   Finding the right person is a lot like the romantic courtship process. Call me old-fashioned, but I believe people should honor some principles on both counts. Here are a few of my “rules” for finding the right [business] partner:

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Getting Together . . . And Staying Together

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You meet at a function, or maybe someone introduces you to each other, pointing out how much you have in common. You are attracted to each other; his strengths seem to make up for your weaknesses, and vice versa. She’s great with numbers, while you’re good at strategy. You spend time getting to know each other. After a few weeks/months/years, you’re ready to take the next step . . . no, I’m not talking about getting married, I’m talking about starting a business together.