Business Tips by Chris ReichTips from growing a business to dealing with disputes
The amount of time needed to work out an agreement is in the hands of the disputing partners. We could talk a few minutes about options and reach agreement. But that never happens.
Business Partnership Advisor Together, we can fix your business and partnership problems Chris Reich, Business Mediator Chris, my business partner just told me that if he doesn't get a higher salary than me, he is going to demand a buyout and...
We often form partnerships because of the way the relationship works. One person wants to be in charge and the other is fine with that. Then something comes up and the expectations cause tension. We have to deal with the partner we have, not the one we wish we had.
Here are more things you need to know if you are opening buyout talks with your business partner.
Buyouts between partners are usually mired in things that people think are legal entitlements. Let’s look at the most common misconceptions around buyouts.
If your business partner ever is violent, call 911 immediately. Yes, even if he missed. You want to document threats of or actual violence.
Don’t be surprised if parties act in their own best interest during negotiations. That is normal. I would be surprised if they didn’t!
Game Theory is a very useful tool in business negotiations. In this post, I’ll give a broad overview on how Game Theory can help you negotiate your best deal with your business partner.
I get calls from frustrated business partners all the time. Often, the level of tension is so high, that one partner will move the banking, hide the books, take out a lump sum of cash, close out all social media, or some other drastic measure before properly closing out the partnership. This post explains when it is legal to take action in a partnership when a partner is disruptive.
Partners in a business partnership, other than limited partners, have legal obligations to the partnership that are called the Fiduciary Partnership Duties. In this post, we’ll look at these duties and, hopefully, clarify what they mean.
Many people are trying to work out new arrangements with their business partner but find themselves in bad place on the calendar. Despite both parties agreeing to a change, it could take months to worth out the terms. Don’t worry.
This might surprise you. Compensation does not have to be equal in a 50-50 partnership. You can, in fact, do anything you want as long as it’s agreeable with your partner or partners. Read on!
When business partnerships go bad, very often someone wants out. That starts one of two possible processes. The business enters Wind Down and begins the process of closing or the partners start discussing a Buyout.
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When the business partnership breaks down, the darker sides of the personalities come through. A dominant partner turns into a bully. A person who does not do well with conflict will withdraw. As the bully gets more aggressive, the pacifist withdraws further. Eventually, the bully gets so angry they are ready to lock the other partner out. The pacifist quits coming in. The next blowout is over money. The course is as logically predictable as what will happen to your car if you hit the highway with no oil in the engine. It will get louder and louder until the engine seizes.
I recommend that partners talk through a specific issue and then draft an agreement (called a resolution) that sets a policy. You can keep this in a binder to serve as amendments (or foundation) to your Partnership Agreement. In this post I’ll explain how to talk about things that bug you with your partner and how to draft a binding resolution to fix the problems.
Unless you are in some sort of political business, you should keep politics out of your establishment completely. Of course, you have freedom of speech, but we are in very contentious times and displays of political or religious positions might be off-putting to to your customers.
Even when people get along well, having one partner’s relative handling the books just isn’t good policy. There is an inherent conflict of interest.