Starting a business alone is not an easy task. And that too, taking up blogging as a business to make money online is a tough one. Few are able to pull it off single-handedly, while there are many who search for a partner who shares the same insight and the vision. There are a bunch of bloggers who are looking to start off blogging with partners. Well, this blog post will not tell you how to find blog partners, but will definitely tell you the pre-requisites before going for partnership in blogging. Pretty tragic and unwanted situations/clashes may take place if you are not clear from the beginning. Let’s see some tips on how you can have a better blogging partnership when taking up blogging as a business.
First things first. You are going into a blogging partnership, so you need to make it legitimate. No matter how good a friend he/she is or how much you trust your partner, you need to have paperwork done before going into partnership. Paperwork is the most important part of this. Many bloggers commit a grave mistake by becoming partners without going through the legal paperwork. At a later stage, they face serious repercussions. Even if you are partnering with another blogger online, make sure you have a crafted document (detailing all the issues) signed by both. It’s always better to get everything done legally. If you are looking for a big partnership, you can hire a lawyer who can do all the paperwork for you.
B. How long have your partner been blogging?
Not only blogging, but how long have your partner continued to do a job. There are many people out there you blow in and out of blogging with some lofty ideas. But only a few of them have stick-ability. Longevity in blogging business is very good. This implies that your partner is ready to take up blogging for a long time. Even if not blogging, if he/she has continued to do a work for quite some time, then it’s quite good as it implies your partner’s stability. Blog partnership will be a long term partnership and you’d rather want a partner who would stick for long term.
C. Line of Control:
Nobody wants to get interfered in his/her piece of work. Divide your blogging partnership tasks beforehand amongst yourselves. If you are responsible for generating revenue for the business, you should not interfere with the development and coding section which belongs to your partner. You can give suggestions and propositions but only if you are asked to do so. One should not interfere with other’s mode of working until it’s against company’s policies. You and your partner are responsible for business and the best way to smoothen it is to create boundaries and limit yourself within it. This will help you to avoid future clashes.
D. What have your partner done before and how has it gone?
Take a look at your partners’ previous works and projects and see if you can find anything that can persuade you to make him your partner. Does he/she have a talent? Can he/she communicate well? What skills does he/she possess? Is he/she short tempered? Will he/she listen to what I have to say? Will he/she stay long enough in this partnership? What characteristic problems does he/she has and will it affect the partnership? Assess every single quality of your partner. Even a single problem can create future clashes. If you are satisfied to make him your partner, go ahead to take the big step.
E. Money Issues:
This is where the main problem comes in, in case of blogging partnership. As long as the blogging business is breaking even, both the partners need each other. Problem arises when the business hits a jackpot. When the business flourishes, the profit is needed to be divided amongst the partners. Make sure the documentation includes the wealth distribution column. Be it profit or loss; make sure you know how much will be your contribution. Believe me; solving the monetary issues is one of the biggest problems when it comes to blog partnership. Keep the entire business process transparent between you and your partner.
F. What do others say about your partner:
You can often know more about a person by listening to what others have to say about him. There are quite a number of ways of knowing what the world has to say about your partner. You can do this directly by contacting your partners’ contacts. You can also approach his/her previous partners to know more about his/her business ethics. You can even contact bloggers who know your partner. Lastly, we have our very own global yellow pages, Google. Google your partners’ name and see what pops up. You would not want yourself to be called as stalker but at least you must find out about the person with whom you are considering to work with.
Cover all the corners before going into this special relationship. You would not yourself to land in between clashes and problems. Only if you think you’ve covered everything, take up your business into blogging partnership.
If you are looking for a step by step process to start your own blogging, you can visit our Beginners-guide-to-blogging to reach near targeted visitors. Please feel free to leave any comment you have in your mind.