Guide to find the perfect Co Founder
Running a business on your own can be overwhelming and challenging but not impossible. However, having a co-founder can ease the madness and as the popular saying goes: Two heads are better than one. The right co-founder will compliment your skill set, bring a different perspective, and help shape your company’s core values and culture. If you are ready to share the spotlight in order to grow your startup, find a co-founder. Here are some suggestions:
Know What You’re Looking For
The first step is to know exactly who you’re looking for. What skills are you hoping this individual possesses? What are the person’s personality type and traits? What sort of experiences has the person had? What did they learn from these experiences? These are all important questions that you may need to ask.You need to find someone that will compliment you but most importantly someone that you can work effectively with. It takes a lot of skill to run a company so you need to figure out what you’re best at and find the right people to do the rest.
Identify Your Core Values
When choosing a co-founder, having a solid set of core values is a great idea. Your core values determine your goals, objectives and the decisions you’re willing to make. It’s always good to focus on the values that make you different from other people; these are the values that matter. If you’re able to identify your values then it narrows the pool of potential co-founders. Tip: Your core values should be who you are, not who you hope to be.
Ensure You Both Have The Same Level Of Drive And Motivation
You want to ensure that both of you have similar commitment levels. There’s nothing worse than being with a partner that isn’t on the same page. This process is the ultimate test of a true shared vision and working style. Building a startup is hard and unpredictable work and as it gets bigger, its harder to test the co-founder’s level of commitment.
Network to find co-founders
Finding a co-founder is just as important as finding an investor, if not more. Network with the same grit and intensity you use when networking to find investors for your business. Many of the same venues, such as industry conferences, entrepreneur forums, and local business organizations are useful for both. Online, it pays to join entrepreneur groups on LinkedIn and Facebook, and interact with people who meet your criteria on Twitter.
For the success of your startup, finding the right co-founder is one of the most important things that you need to do. A lot of people compare the co-founder selection process to dating, and it’s definitely true. Your co-founder is the person with whom you’ll be spending most of your time, and you should trust them completely. They’ll see you at your best and your absolute worst—and hopefully, you’ll be in it together for a long time.
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