If you are going into business with one or more business partners, you will want to know how to build and maintain good relationships between you and them. Keeping the morale up amongst the partners is essential in keeping up any employee's morale and to also keep the business a positive thing in the mind of all parties.
Tip 1: Choose the Right Partner
Before creating a business with a partner, you should think very carefully on what qualities you would like to have in a partner. If you and your partner have different views in how the business should go, or if you simply do not get along, you should not be in business with that person.
After you are officially in business with them, keep your personal lives and business lives separate. Do not get angry about something that happened outside of work and argue with them at your place of business.
Respect their point of view. If you do not listen to what he or she has to say, chances are they are not going to want to listen to what your ideas are either. Remember that at times you will have to compromise with them to keep the partnership in tact.
Don't take your partner for granted. If he or she is a good partner, they care about the business and are working just as hard as you.
Tip 2: Maintain the Partnership
Schedule meetings to get together and find out how each of you feels about the partnership. See if there needs to be any changes in the business partnership as far as scheduling or business policies. One of you may see something in the business that is not working and will have an idea on how to improve it.
Tip 3: Communicate about Business Issues
Make sure to communicate all aspects of your business with your partner. Separate work between you based on your strengths, and talk about the "little" parts of the business together. Make sure that all partners know about all aspects of the business as they may have something they could input into the information.
Set aside time daily or weekly to discuss these things and take notes and make an agenda for each person to discuss their part of the business.
Tip 4: Stay Detached
Make sure not to get emotionally involved in these meetings. Though your business is important to you, it is also important to your partner or partners. Do not let your ego get in the way of not listening to them, as they could be offering something helpful to the business.
If you and your partner cannot agree, look to someone else who can see it from a business perspective. It is important to do what is right for the business.
Tip 5: Engage in Work Activities
Do not let your partner do all the work. Do not sit back and enjoy the benefits of owning your own business while your partner stresses over taxes, employee issues and other business issues.
If your partner thinks that you are not putting in any effort, they will become frustrated with you and may even look into finding another partner.
Working with others can have benefits and struggles, keep communication open to ensure that the business relationship stays strong.