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Before looking for a startup partner, ensure to make a checklist of the kind of person you want to work with. Assess the duties and resources you are to bring into the relationship. Be clear and honest about yourself. It will ensure you choose the right partner with whom to navigate the muddy waters of career development. This is the trick to achieving the objectives you set out to do.

For quality and effective partnership that will last, having the same personal experiences is not necessary. However, these should not conflict with your aspirations to prevent disagreements. In fact, when used well, different personal experiences enrich the partnership. Consider the following when choosing a partner;

Personal situation

Your present state and that of your partner is the thin line between future harmony and conflict in a partnership. Features such as age and stage in life can make making decisions hard.

Ensure to align yourself with people having complementary goals and desires. This lessens the chances of conflicts.

Family background

The best partner should not be with a family that might come in the way of achieving your goals. Your partner’s family situation does not necessarily have to be the same as yours. What matters is each partner to understand the other’s schedule, lifestyle, and decisions with the ability to collaborate and most importantly prioritize where necessary.

Core beliefs/value system

What your partner believes in should be consistent with your core beliefs and values. These do not have to be in line with your goals. However, complementing core values come in handy to prevent any conflicts that might tear the partners apart.

Complementary talents

The way you handle responsibilities and other activities should be in absolute alignment. These promote better workflow and assigning tasks the partner is well suited to handle. This is the trick to putting each partner’s best talents to good use.

A great partnership should have a detailed oriented partner and the other who thinks about the big picture. This skillset is well-suited because no one is necessarily better than the other. Each partner should respect the other’s unique talents and abilities. It will make everyone do things they are best suited for and enjoy, which ultimately benefits the partnership.

Shared hobbies

A partnership is not all about work. Indulging in your hobbies can make life better and make your brain work smarter. It is true that the most successful startups are those that grow out of passion. This is true if you team up with a partner that has the same hobbies as yours.

Your hobby can be a starting point to launch your business endeavor. This is true in the following situations:

  • Being patient and consistent
  • Getting a partner with the same hobby
  • Leveraging career coaches and mentors
Bringing it all together

A business partner can be anyone from a colleague at work, family, a close friend, or business associate. However, you don’t just jump at the first person that compliments your skills. A good partner should share your values, hobbies, and talents among others. Once you find a good match, you can seek assistance from a career coach to help you kick-start your journey.


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