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When you start a new business endeavor, you may want a partner to share the operational and financial responsibilities. While choosing the right person can support success, selecting the wrong partner can potentially result in conflicts.

Keep these considerations in mind when looking for a business partner for your planned enterprise.

Mindset and vision

Ideally, your partner’s goals and enthusiasm for the new business align with your own. Be explicit about the required level of commitment you’ll need as the company gains ground. The right person will be able to match your dedication and energy.

The right skills

Choosing a partner with the same skills you have doesn’t provide the best opportunity for your business to grow. On the other hand, completely divergent skills can create issues if you find yourself in disagreement. Look for someone who has skills that complement your own. That requires an honest assessment of your operational strengths, weaknesses and needs so you can search for a partner who fills the gaps.

Industry credibility

If your partner already has a strong reputation and connections in your intended market, you can leverage those resources to launch your business. Assess a potential candidate’s business network, expertise, credentials, knowledge and track record of success in the industry.

A personal rapport

You should like spending time with your business partner since you’ll be doing a lot of that in the future if you want the company to succeed. You must also deeply trust the person you choose since you’ll be putting your goals and finances in their hands.

Start your search for the right business partner with these four factors.