1. Agonise over whether or not you need business partners
Ai-Ling Wong—founder at The Decorateur
If you can afford it, don’t have business partners. Nine out of 10 entrepreneurs I know have long-term pain with their partners. The tenth entrepreneur without the headache is usually the one without a business partner. For me, not having a business partner is one less problem.
During my journey, people have asked me if I want to partner with them—usually because they know that I know how to work hard. I have held back because I place more value on the relationship.
2. Always look for the angles
Alex Louey—founder and managing director at Appscore
If you’re pitching, selling or proposing a partnership, you want to find out what will spark the other person’s interest so that they can’t help but want to work with you.