Last week we run a poll asking this questions: Does having a business partner improve your chances of success? We had over 100 people answering the poll, and as you can see from the graph below, 60% of them said “Yes,” and 40% “No.”
Here is a comment from Cassie, who clearly answered “Yes”:
I didn’t really take off with any of my little ventures until I found someone to connect with. We’ve never actually met, but we’ve been “partners” for a few years now. I’m sure I owe a ton of what success I’ve had so far to her. Being able to brainstorm together and keep each other accountable is a huge asset to having a partner.
And here is a comment from Igor, who believes that having a partner will not improve your chances:
Work alone, be responsible for your work and nobody will ever tell you what you have to do. If you have a partner in your job, there will always be someone who will feel like boss and would try to order. You can work with other people but only on some projects. Believe only in yourself because you are the only person who knows the value of your work. My 2 cents.
My opinion is the following: I believe that having a business partner improves the chances of making a company or venture successful, but I don’t think that such improvement is dramatic, as to justify someone trying to get a partner even if his personal characteristics are not suitable for it.
In other words, if you are someone who is willing to share the control of your company with other people and if you get more motivated by working in teams as opposed to working alone, then by all means go get a business partner.
If, on the other hand, you like to remain in control of things and you don’t have a problem when managing things alone, then don’t force yourself to get a business partner.
Thanks for everyone who participated, and stay tuned for our next poll (probably coming next Monday).
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