by Catherine Connor Published 01/11/2008
Business Partners - Can you survive without them? by Catherine Connor
One of the greatest challenges we all face is the challenge of setting up in business and the pressures that accompany it. Running a business is not for the faint hearted, it is not for those who want an easy life. For those in business I am not telling you anything that you don't already know. So why do we do it? Because we love what we do, photography and all it unfolds, the clients, the buzz and the business journey.
The combined aspects of being in business with your partner, friend or associate can require a great deal of consideration and planning. I have recently designed a seminar called 'Business Partners'. The motivation behind the seminar was years spent listening to how photographers and those in business negotiated with their loved ones who were also their business partners.
Annabel Williams and I are now entering into our thirteenth year in business and during that period we have both learnt so much about each other, how we tick and how we work best together. An advantage for me at the outset was that I had an exact idea of the way in which I wanted to run the business. I wanted it to feel like a business, function like a business and behave like a business on every scale. Coming from a corporate background taught me a lot and gave me a lot of experience.
If I could offer advice to all those reading this article, it would be to set your stall out right. Compromise over the right things and be the ultimate professional at all times. Leave your emotions at home and remember that you are in business and how you function in the business will have a huge impact on its success.
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