by Erin Jaibur
We’re sure you’ve heard not to associate business with pleasure (and don’t get us wrong, that definitely still applies to certain scenarios). For us, the opposite was the best decision we ever made. We are best friends who opened our own medical spa a few years ago, and since then our lives have been one of immense success, growth and joy. Before starting a new business with a friend, however, it is important that your worlds are both professionally and personally aligned. Here are a few ways to make sure you are ready to start a business with your BFF.
Does your work ethic match? Do your values?
This is the first and most important step in determining your compatibility as a business partner. It is important to know with 100% certainty that you share similar professional values before starting a business together. Honesty, commitment and ambition are some of the crucial characteristics that should be balanced for you as friends and business partners. They should be stronger together than apart. Because our values fit together so well, we’ve created a culture in our business that allows us to take our craft to the next artistic level. No matter what industry you want to get into, make sure you and your friend share the same vision and do everything possible to get there.
You communicate openly
When you have a problem in your friendship, do you address it head-on with maturity and honesty? Or do you ignore it and hope it will go away on its own? Dealing with conflicts with your friend is another important indicator of your success as a business partner. We never hide anything from each other as friends, especially now that we have a business together. Bottling never ends well, and it’s even more important to communicate with transparency when your business is at stake.
You trust each other completely
Relationships are nothing without trust, and so are professional relationships. Failure to fully trust yourself can lead to conflict, micromanagement, and tension. You may not be able to make every single decision together as a unit. Therefore, it is important that you trust each other to do what is in your company’s best interests when you are apart.
There is no competitiveness between you
There can be no competition between you and your business partner in your personal or professional relationships. Especially in our industry there is often cattiness and competitiveness, and that’s not how we wanted to run our business. Our practice has an atmosphere of tolerance, love and acceptance. We want us to be successful because that is a win for both of us and for our company. It can’t be a question of who can do it better. It must read: “What is the best solution for our business as a whole?”
Working with someone you really care about can result in an incredible environment. You can go to work every day and not only be your own boss, but you can go to a place where you know you are loved. Opening a practice together has deepened our friendship and significantly improved our quality of life. Our final piece of advice: laugh every day, celebrate your victories together, and push each other to get better every day.
C.hristine mcmackin, MSN, FNP, NP-C
is a certified American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Family Nurse who has served in numerous and varied roles in the aesthetic industry for the past two decades. Christine is a certified advanced injector of neurotoxins, dermal fillers, bio-stimulators and growth factors.
T.obi Baker-Daigle, RN
is a leader in aesthetics and a highly specialized cosmetic Registered Nurse Injector with over a decade of experience in the medical field. It offers the most up-to-date and results-oriented, non-invasive procedures with the lowest possible downtime for its customers.
Visit Tobi and Christine at https://newenglandskincenter.com/
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