Being a hotshot boss lady can sometimes be lonely work. Finding the perfect co-founder to share in your entrepreneurial journey with, is a great way to achieve more and stress less. Here are some tips to help you fight the loneliness and find your perfect PIB (partner in business)!
Don’t Just Love Them, Like Them
We all have best friends or family members that we love to the moon and back, but know we could never work with. Just loving someone, being from the same bloodline or best friend group, is not a good enough reason to work together. Your perfect PIB is someone you not only love, but also really, really like. They are the person who inspires you, pushes you and challenges you in constructive ways.
Find The Yin To Your Yang
Super successful duos all have one thing in common: they complement one another. Where one partner is weak, the other is strong. Where one partner lacks classical training, the other is an expert. It is this yin and yang relationship that makes for the ideal partnership in the workplace. Your co-founder should be able to alleviate your stress by stepping in on tasks that do not play to your strengths and you should be able to do the same for them. When selecting a co-founder you are aiming to find an equal partnership where both parties feel supported and utilized.
If you are going to help each other make it to the finish line, you have to make sure that both of your finish lines are at the same place.
Much like trying to find the man (or woman) of your dreams, your co-founder and you need to be compatible. We are not talking that you both have to like long walks on the beach and albacore sashimi, but rather you both have compatible work ethics. You and your partner should both view business similarly, work the same hours, take the same things seriously, and ultimately have the same driving force. Nothing spells doom faster in a working relationship, then one party feeling like they carry all the weight. If you and your co-founder both work similarly, you will find there is less friction in your partnership.
Same Big Picture
You and your co-founder need to have the same end goal in mind. If you are going to help each other make it to the finish line, you have to make sure that both of your finish lines are at the same place. Having slightly different small pictures and personal goals along the way are completely fine and are to be expected in any partnership. It is the big picture of what you both want to grow the business into what it needs to be.