If you’re already making the effort to look for new friends, you have at least some of the temperament to be a good entrepreneur. Combine that with motivation, persistence, curiosity, and knowledge of whatever your specialty is, and you’ll make a fantastic entrepreneur. However, starting up a business takes so much effort that it can overwhelm and depress almost anybody, which is why so many new businesses have co-founders. When you know that someone else is depending on you to get things done, and vice versa, it can make all the difference. Not letting your business partners down is a powerful motivator.
And if one of your co-founders is also one of your bros, it’s even better.
Here’s how not to spoil your bromance – or circle of friendships – with business issues. First, make sure that everyone’s roles and responsibilities are crystal clear. Titles don’t really matter: just make sure that you all do what you’re best at, and don’t waste any time doing what your bro should be taking care of. Second, remember that business is not a democracy, nor is it even fair all the time. You won’t be able to accomplish anything if you put all the issues up for a vote.
Finally, when you’re in business with your bro, your social life is going to turn into business idea sessions. That’s not at all bad, but it’s important to remember to bring it all back to your office and share it with other, newer team members. Otherwise you’re just wasting their talents and creativity.
Best of luck, and happy bromancing!
-The Blog Dude