Why go at it alone? Partner with a professional to launch a successful business

Starting your own business can be an exciting adventure, but there are a lot of glaring hardships ahead that may be staring you in the face. It can be tough to take that first step and funnel resources into your own business, especially if you're going at it alone. You might be better at the dollars and cents aspect of starting a new company, but when it comes to building a consumer base, you're left asking "Why is marketing my business so difficult?"

Let's face it – not every professional is well-rounded and able to tackle every obstacle in his or her path. When launching a business, it makes sense to partner with a professional who complements your skills. If you're capable of effectively managing the financial aspects of a company, but not the advertising and promotion, find an open-minded professional who wants to become a part of your team. A lucrative partnership helps reduce the amount of pressure you'll feel, and gives you someone to brainstorm with when growth becomes harder than you initially thought.

Of course, you don't want to partner with just any person – you need to make sure you can work well with this professional, and that his or her skills complement your own. A quality partner embodies a few characteristics, so it's important to understand when a profitable company can be formed and when you're setting yourself up for failure.

A professional worth partnering with has a different set of skills, but has the ability to look at tasks from all angles. You need to trust that this person can put everything he or she has toward the business, and is willing to put faith in your own ability to operate efficiently in the workplace. In addition, conflict will arise throughout your partnership, so each person needs to be willing to be open minded and resolve issues before they harm the future of your newly formed business.

What are some other qualities you look for in business partners?