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    10 Replies Latest reply on Dec 22, 2007 9:28 PM by LUCKIEST

    Why Business Partnerships FAIL?

    CCIGroup Newbie
      I always wonder why Business Parnerships Fail? They all seem to work just fine until few years down the road, ultimatly they fail..... stats says so, but WHY? I'm not trying to discourage starting a new business with partners? Thank you for all the input.
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          LUCKIEST Guide
          Great question. Why do marriages fail??
          lets start with the definition of a partnership. A part exists when two or more people join together
          in the operation and management of a business.
          Do you see the answer. Two people who down the road think different for different reasons.
          There is no one reason just like there is no one reason why marriages fail/
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            Ed O'Gee Adventurer
            They usually fail when personal politics are brought into the business. But if all parties remain focused on the mission of the company, then the partnership will do fine.
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              akgold Adventurer
              Shared vision + common values + complimentary strengths = better recipe for success.

              People are complicated and partnerships are complicated. You have to really define the kind of partnership and spend the time in the beginning to fully define every aspect of the business relationship. I had a failed business partnership and it taught me many important lessons.
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                DomainDiva Ranger
                Business partnerships fail because the partners, usually friends do not understand the axiom: Love is love but business is business.

                Business always trumps love.
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                  WEBillions Adventurer
                  Why do people get divorced? In the beginning, everyone is happy or they wouldn't be involved at all. Business has a lot of pressure. Little things or even big things your partners do will annoy you. Maybe they aren't doing enough, maybe they are asking too much, maybe they have no idea what they are talking about. There WILL be hard times in a business and it can be tough for people to step back and realize that everyone has flaws and their own priorities. We have to work with these priorities in a constructive way in order to build a successful partnership.
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                    emilyyep Newbie
                    Tricky question, one that I can only answer through my eyes:)
                    Business partnerships tend to fail because of different visions. I , myself, have been in 2 partnerships. One with 3 others , and one with one other and now I am a sole proprietor. Sometimes, when we enter partnerships we jump in becuase we want to leave our corporate job, and we have some friends who want to do the same, sometimes, it is a partnership you join in a exisiting company. Either way, things to be careful of are: Does this person want to share revenue the same way? Is your marketing plan on the same page as the other? Is your physical environment on the same page. i.e. office space, healthy habits. Is the partner really wanting a partner or someone to listen to what he or she says as a sounding board but doesn't really want to treat you as an equal partner? Tough questions, and overall, you need to be sure you both want to make the same commitment of time and money. It is always a learning experience, but you can ask some tough questions and cut that learning experience in half.

                    Hope this help,
                    Emily Yep
                    Your Small Business Coach
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                      Lighthouse24 Ranger

                      A partnership (generally speaking) is the business structure that is the least responsive to the constant changes that impact an enterprise -- and therefore, it is the least likely to survive those changes.
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                        CommunityTeam Adventurer
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                          instance Wayfarer
                          There are several reason... I will share with you my own experience when managing another business I used to run three years ago.

                          When we started it was all good. We made some money but when it was time to expand and to work MANY hours a day (like 15) he did not have the enthusiasm to do it. He would work until 8 pm (his wife would start complaining!! BE CAREFUL WITH THAT) and I would continue working till 2 am or 3 am. We also had different goals in terms of how far we wanted the company to go.

                          Of course, after a few months I got tired of it and keep sharing the business 50 and 50 so I told him the thruth and we split. We were very good friends and we still are but when it comes to business sometimes you need to leave friendship aside and do not mix business and friendship together!!! What happens in the business stays in the business, this is very very difficult to accomplish!

                          Also, do NOT mix personal problems with business! Do NOT mix personal financial issues with business!

                          hope it helps!
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                              LUCKIEST Guide
                              Six reasons why business succeed
                              h3. 6 Steps to Small Business Success

                              1. Start Smart
                              2. Plan Ahead
                              3. Set up Systems
                              4. Seek out Sales
                              5. Aim for Growth
                              6. Leverage Opportunities



                              1. Start Smart.
                              Identify a niche. Don't compete to be the lowest cost provider. Look
                              for what makes your product or service unique and adds a special value
                              for the client and charge for that value. Every business has many
                              facets. Start with what you know and like; start a business that has
                              meaning to you. Keep in mind that we don't know what the future holds,
                              many of the jobs and businesses of tomorrow don't exist today. You can
                              create your own success.


                              Now is the time to dream. To start smart, you should like the idea of
                              the business. The way to earn a good income and build wealth is by
                              serving clients well, making their life better in some way-it's more
                              than filling a need in the marketplace. To succeed you want to test the
                              idea to make sure your potential clients like the idea too. Test your

                              2. Plan Ahead.
                              People often ask me why bother with a business plan? Look at the
                              lottery as an example. You may get lucky and get the winning ticket,
                              but the odds are against you when you rely on random chance. I'm a risk
                              taker...but not that much, minimize the risk of going into business and
                              maximize your potential for success. Take the time to write a plan of
                              how you get from point A to point B. A plan gives you a clear future
                              focus and increases your chances of success.


                              The first rule of a start-up is put some of your own money in the
                              business. As the owner you must be willing to capitalize the business.
                              The second rule is put as little of your own money as possible in the
                              business. Prepare your plan and look for funding for your business from
                              multiple sources, which can include a business loan or business line of


                              Don't go it alone. Plan ahead now to build your team. Your team may
                              include a CPA and an attorney that you work with as needed. Add a
                              mentor from your industry and get a SCORE mentor to help you plan for
                              success. No one has all the answers. You get more ideas and information
                              by building a success, support team that can help you plan ahead.

                              3. Set up Systems.
                              The most basic system every business should have is a good financial
                              system. Ask yourself how am I going to generate enough income to
                              support myself and my family. Begin here. Put together a personal
                              budget, so you know what it costs you to live. Now, you can move on to
                              the business budget and sales planning, so you can see how many sales
                              you need to break even and make a profit. The start-up expense plan,
                              operating budget and your accounting software are vital to your



                              4. Seek out Sales.
                              The daunting question is how do you go about seeking out your first
                              sale. Recognize that since you don't have a big ad budget to be seen by
                              everyone, you need to target a niche and get connected in your market
                              community, be it local, regional or national. You need other people
                              selling for you-not employees-goodwill referrals. Get out and talk to
                              as many people as you can. Join organizations that would have clients
                              for your product or service. Become a visible part of your market, and
                              then ask for the sale. You begin the sales process with people that you
                              know. Yes, it's okay to start with friends and family as your first
                              customers, and then broaden from there.



                              5. Aim for Growth.
                              The basic tenant of creating a company is that you own the company. You
                              are not just creating a job for yourself. It's less risk and less
                              investment to get a job. Building a business is creating a company that
                              is more than the job itself. Think about the future. How large do you
                              want the company to be in terms of sales, net profit and employees?
                              Your answer to each of these questions will influence how you grow.
                              There are varying costs and profits associated with growth. It's
                              important to make a deliberate choice early about how you want to grow
                              your company.


                              6. Leverage Opportunities.
                              Good luck. Good fortune. Good timing. All play a part in business. As a
                              business owner, be very clear about your core focus for the business
                              and how it serves clients. Your core business is what pays the bills.
                              Then, as an entrepreneur you are about opportunity. When you see a
                              potential opportunity or stroke of luck measure it against your core
                              business focus. Good fortune is great, when it matches your vision for
                              the business. Always consider if a good opportunity is the right fit
                              for your business. If something looks great, but it's not in sync with
                              your long-term plan and budget, think carefully before committing your
                              company's resources.