Going into business for yourself is such a risky venture, and this is intensified if you decide to go at it alone. This is the reason why many people, regardless of the business they’re trying to operate, decide to find at least one business partner.

While the disadvantages of having a partner are numerous and well known, the advantages and avenues to reach maximum potential are exponentially expanded.

Not every successful business was forged from partnership, obviously; but having a successful partnership is if done correctly literally doubling your chances for success. To look at this in the simplest of terms: Two minds are always better than one, right?

That phrase has been around for many years, and it’s accurate for the most part. If the two minds are dim or have cancer, obviously, then they’re certainly not combining to equal a better outcome. But when two motivated and intelligent business minds are working on the same page, much more can be accomplished.

Partners are each bringing something different to the table. In successful business partnerships, each has a complementary skill, a unique taste, and the same passion for success. This promotes fresh and innovative ideas, cost-effective solutions to problems and the proverbial extra set of eyes to watch over the business.

Trust is undoubtedly the most important factor in a business partnership. If the relationship goes sour or if you’re not aware of your partner’s intentions, things can easily go downhill. So when seeking a business partner, it’s essential to put thoughts of success on the back burner and to implement a period of vetting, wherein you will get to know your partner as a person and forge bonds.

After a partner is selected, the benefits can immediately begin to surface. Just having someone else to float ideas with and to hone tactics is a huge advantage in the business world. You won’t have to sacrifice the business identity at all. To the contrary, the right partner will help you cement a unique position with his or her input. If you’re planning on running a business without a lot or any employees, having a partner allows for much greater flexibility in your work schedule. If you’re ever sick, need a vacation or are just burnt out on the inner workings of the business, your partner is there to lean on.

A lot of people take on business partners for financial purposes. While this is a good idea, as you’ll be sharing the financial burden, acting solely for monetary issues can be a recipe for disaster.

Businesses thrive on money. Without it, they don’t exist. Even still, long-term profit is more important than startup capital. Therefore, the best business relationships don’t center on partners money for success.

Partners also help to maximize success by increasing your networking options. A good partner is also going to be your best critic, letting you know if your planned move is a wise business decision.