(By Agatha Kulaga)
“When it’s your own business, it is often very hard to delegate and trust other staff to do the job or responsibilities that you once managed. However, we learned quickly that if you don’t let go of certain things, you inhibit the growth of your company, as well as of your employees. You want to be able to get to a point where your operations can run without you being there.“
When you start a business with a partner, the dedication you need and time you spend together can rival any romantic relationship. Here’s how to keep your business relationship running as smoothly as possible.
Along with my business partner, Erin Patinkin, I am the co-owner of Ovenly, a New York-based retail and wholesale bakery. We met at a food-centric book club in 2009, started experimenting in the kitchen together, formed an LLC in 2010 and have been making sweet and savory treats ever since. Over the last six years, we’ve learned a thing or two about what a successful partnership requires.
1. Don’t be afraid to disagree.
Erin and I have always gotten along great, but no partnership is immune from tension. We used to spend 18 hours a day together alone in the kitchen! We have our occasional differences and frustrations, but we also know that is to be expected. Creative ideas and solutions can often arise from disagreeing, so to us, honest communication is essential.