If you’ve got an amazing business idea but need a little help setting up, then partnering with someone who has some more experience or just some great ideas can be the best way to give you the head start you need.
Before you start searching for the perfect partner, you should think about what you’re going to bring to the relationship.
Do you have the ideas? Or will you bring a full contact book to the table? Or maybe you want to be the sales person, the face of the company and need someone to help you with the technical aspects of running a company. Whatever you’re good at, make sure you clearly outline the areas that you need filling in so you can easily find the right partner for you.
One of the best ways to find a business partner is by networking. Attending local business groups, or asking for introductions to potential business partners from your contacts is one of the best ways to get your name out there.
Your local Chamber of Commerce may also be able to help: they will have members who are experienced in running businesses, and often arrange events which you can attend and put the word out there about your business.
It’s also important at this stage to get some references from people you’ve worked with in the past, or those who can vouch for your business sense. That way, your potential partner won’t feel so wary about starting up business with you. Similarly, you should also check out their references.