Creating a successful business is not something that you do all by yourself. Along the way, you form bonds and partnerships with businesses that share similar goals. There is no such thing as making it on your own. Every successful business has a vast network of partners behind them. Whether it is your business partner that helped you start your company or just one of your loyal associates, it is very important to keep these connections strong.
Now, you might be wondering what are the best ways to do that. One thing is for sure, showering your business partner with gifts is not how you form strong bonds, it takes so much more than that. That is why we have created this guide on how to make your business partnerships stronger than ever. So, let’s jump straight to it and stop wasting time.
Dedicate some time to them
Business relationships are the same as any other relationship. Some people even suggest that you should treat your business partner the same way you treat your loved ones. Now, we won’t go that far. Sure, there are some similarities, but partnerships focus on a completely different set of emotions.
For example, you won’t say that you love your business partner, but you do respect and trust them. To make that trust and respect mutual you will have to devote some time to them. If you don’t have time to talk during working hours, take your business partner to lunch or some sports activity if that is what you both enjoy. You need to free up some time to discuss other stuff besides business if you want to form a strong and long-lasting bond.
A lot of business go down because business partners held some information from one another. If you are not transparent with your partner about your ideas and actions, sooner than later they will start to doubt your intentions. The same goes if you are speculating that they are hiding something from you. Tell them your intentions for the future of the company and make sure you don’t leave anything out.
The best way to do this is by holding regular meetings, where everyone can share what’s been happening in the company. Of course, we are not talking about gossip, but about new deals, potential investments, etc. This will create a transparent working environment where everyone is up to date with all important happenings.
Show your appreciation
In the introduction, we said that showering your business partner with gifts will not help you form a strong relationship, but what we meant was that only buying gifts is not enough. There is no better way to show your appreciation than to buy your business partner a quality gift. This can be anything from a pen to a bottle of vodka. It really depends on what your partner likes. Also, put in a little note next to your gift and make sure you tell them how much you value your partnership.
Discuss, discuss and discuss
Lastly, we would like to point out the importance of discussion. You and your partner won’t be on the same page all the time. That is why it is crucial that you both discuss any disagreements you have. If you have an argument about the future of the company or about a certain investment, don’t leave the wound to heal itself. Talk about it and find a solution that will make both of you happy. Ultimately, some disagreements are too big and in these cases, it is better to split than to wait for an eventual breakdown.
That will be all from us. As you can see, there are similarities between business and personal relationships. If we were to point out one thing from this entire article, then it would certainly be to keep your partnership as transparent as possible and of course, buy a gift here and there to show them that you care.