053 – 5 Top Things you need to know about your Joint Venture Partners

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In Show 053 – 5 Top Things you need to know about your Joint Venture Partners originally broadcast on Facebook Live on Monday 22 January 2018 we explore this interesting topic.

Show Notes

On Fast Fix Monday we discuss the top five things you need to know before bringing on a joint venture partner.  Partnerships of this kind are part of Phase 6: Maximizing your business and bringing on investors.  You’d be surprised how often some obvious steps are overlooked when entering into a partnership.

1. Integrity

This may seem obvious enough but choosing the right person to enter into a partnership with is absolutely critical.  You may think that someone arriving habitually late for meetings or arriving unprepared doesn’t matter but it absolutely does.  Your partner must be dependable and reliable.

2. Contribution

If you enter into a joint venture with someone you need to think about the contribution they are going to bringing to the business. We have had many clients that have got into dispute with their partners over the years.  Almost always the source of the problem is confusions over who was responsible for what. Those details need to be clearly articulated long before the partnership agreement is signed.

3. Exit Strategy

If there is going to be an exit from the company you need to be working with someone that understands that there is structure in place to accommodate that.  Finding out about their past exits in earlier deals will tell you a lot about what they will do in your company.

4. Desperation

You can’t enter into a partnership with someone that is desperate for money.  That’s a recipe for disaster.  Anyone that has ever gone into business for themselves knows that it costs money to make money.  You can’t have someone that is constantly trying to get paid making decisions for the company.  Nor can you be the only one putting up cash for the business.

5. Be realistic

Sitting down with a perspective partners and having a frank conversations is really important.

You need to honestly discuss the worst case scenarios for the business.  That conversation will ensure there are no nasty surprised for anyone involved in the business.

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