One of the most popular types of North Dakota business entities is a partnership where one or more persons agree to invest in a business together. Unfortunately, statistics have revealed that close to 70% of all U.S. partnerships ultimately fail. Understanding why these businesses fail can allow you to protect yourself against falling victim to the same tragedies.
Mixing personal with business relationships
You will want to choose your partners carefully. Just because your friend or family member is a great person at heart doesn’t mean that they’re cut out for handling an ownership position. You should be choosing your business partner based on their entrepreneurial skills, not solely their character.
Unmatched commitment by partners
While you may be okay with investing more time than your partner when first starting out your business, that’s ultimately going to turn into resentment over time. One of the best things you can do to ensure the longevity of your business partnership is to ensure that all partners are bringing an equal share of something to the table. That could be time, money or expertise.
Differing business outlooks
When you first start your partnership, you’ll likely be skipping over anything you feel is unnecessary. Your main goal, at the time, is to simply hit the ground running and expand as quickly as possible. However, skipping over creating organizational values can hinder your ability to cooperate in the future. You should take the time to sit down with your partners and determine what the goals, visions and values are for your new business. This way, you can make decisions based on them and not your personal values.
Business partnerships dissolve every year due to a variety of issues. The above three are some of the most common that people experience. It’s a good idea to address these issues head-on when you first get started to give your business the best chance of success moving forward.