Choosing who you want to work with and why you want to work with them is one of the reasons why I love being an entrepreneur. As an entrepreneur since the age of 28, I’ve worked with people from all around the world and have learned a lot of lessons about not only doing business but whom to do it with.
All of these lessons were very valuable and growing experiences for me no matter how painful some of them might of been but the one thing I learned from it all was that I was able to grow and build my EQ bank and how to work with people.
I like to think that after 20 plus years of being in business for myself that I’ve learned a thing or two about choosing partners. Business partners come in all shapes and sizes and from all walks of life. If you’re considering doing business with someone here are some of the key things you should do to vet the people that you’re getting involved in.
- If someone has been referred to you, do a phone call and then suggest a video conference meeting within a few days of the call.
- After your initial contact on a video conference insist on a face to face meeting at a neutral location.
- Check out all their social profiles on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and get a feel for their personalities.
- If you have mutual friends, ask if they’ve worked with them before and their experience with that person.
- If they have a current business, check online to see if anyone’s given feedback about their business.
Once you know some of the basics about the person you may or may not do business with you’ll get a better feel about how to move forward with them.