Sometimes you just can’t do it all by yourself. You have to create your items to sell, advertise, network, social media marketing, accounting, package, ship, and reply to customers’ emails….arrrgh. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a partner to help you with some of these tasks? Or sometimes you need financial support. Or sometimes you and your BFF come up with a great idea and want to start a business together. Is it wise to take a chance in potentially ruining your friendship?
I have been very VERY lucky to partner with Mary in operating Herban Crafts. We live in different cities but we divide our duties and it’s been great working with her. It helps that our belief and philosophies are the same. I’ve been also very fortunate to work with Anna Hackman of Green-Talk, who co-founded Green Sisterhood with me and who shares my vision of changing the market and educating consumers about green companies through content marketing. It’s a blast to work with her. We hangout on Google so we can conference daily. We laugh a lot so working together never gets boring.
Tiffany Norton started working with her mother for Picnic Basket Crafts and she can’t stop talking about how she LOVES working with her mother. She is a full time teacher so having a partner who can help with her shop is a huge plus for her business. And besides, who doesn’t love working with their mothers? Ok, some don’t but most of us are envious of a situation like Tiffany’s.
So, how do you work with a partner? Should you even partner with your friend? or your mother?
Here is Marie Forleo’s take on whether you should partner with your BFF or your mother.
Do YOU have a partner for your business? How is your experience?
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