I recently wrote several blogs about building the perfect team. I have a lot of partners that I work with, all of whom also contribute to other projects. But how do you find the right partner? It’s all good and fine to give them some tests once you’ve already found them, but where do you begin looking? How do you go about it? It is by accident? Is it by consciously seeking them out?
The first thing I think you should do is reach out to organizations you’re already involved in. These people already share a similar skill set and passion. If you’re an inventor and you reach out to an inventor’s group, those members will already understand ideas and respect their power. But go even further. There a number of websites where inventors and entrepreneurs interact and share ideas. Some of these include: Start Up Nation, Edison Nation, Inventor’s Spot, and the Perfect Business. The people that frequent these sites are like-minded too. Start making relationships. Don’t spring your idea to become partners right away or state exactly what you’re looking for.
Ultimately, you want to find someone who understands and supports your vision. Because you’re basically asking someone to commit a lot of time to a dream. How do you sell them on that vision? Create legitimacy by leveraging other relationships or past successes. Have a webpage they can visit. Send them a sales sheet. Tell them about your vision and what you hope to achieve. Show them what you’ve done and more importantly, where you’re going.
You need to be the right person for your partner, as much as they need to be the right person for you. Trust takes time. Don’t expect to find a partner immediately unless a clear connection is felt. But don’t give up! Expanding your network will increase the probability of your meeting someone great.
Stephen Key is a successful award-winning inventor who has licensed
over 20 products in the past 30 years. Along with business partner
Andrew Krauss, Stephen runs inventRight,
a company dedicated to educating inventors about selling their ideas
and the skills needed to succeed. You can listen to the weekly radio
show on inventing. Get In The News, list your invention to have media
outlets find you for news stories.