Congratulations! You have moved beyond the lone ranger stage and taken a partner into your business. This can be a great move. You’ll now have two people working in the business instead of just one. Having a business partner is a great way to insure the success of your business.
Can you still solo hack your way to success if you are now a duo business. Absolutely.
Here are some ways to make your partnership more successful:
Clear Communication Communication is important when you are a solopreneur. It becomes absolutely critical when you are working with a partner. You need to make sure that you are on the same page as to where the business is going and how it will get there. Schedule check ins often. Make sure both partners are involved in evaluating the results of your solo hacking experiments.
Leveraging Strengths Generally, the best partner is the one that shares your vision, but has different strengths. Create a division of labor that is well communicated and that leverages your individual strengths.
Accountability Accountability is one of the keys to making any business partnership work. Make sure that you each know what your role is in the company and set up regular reporting meeting to make sure that you are both on track with your goals.
Legal Getting the legal part of a partnership correct from the beginning is very important. You want to allocate parts of the company based on each partner’s true contribution. It rarely works out to be 50/50. Take a good hard look at what each person is doing and create something that is fair to both partners. Create a sysetm where you review the partnership on a regular basis as the business changes.
If you keep the lines of communication open, and strive to be fair to both partners, you should be able to grow your business even more quickly because you have the strengths of two people to leverage instead of just one.