Twelve reasons to consider taking on a co-founder.
This piece originally appeared on AllBusiness.com.
Starting and running a business is a big responsibility—and an even bigger headache. Between finances, employees, and long hours, the responsibilities are usually easier for a two-person team to tackle.
That’s why we asked 12 successful entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council the following question:
Q. What’s one benefit of having a co-founder by your side to help run your business?
1. They Take Things Off Your Plate
Rather than having a plate piled high with so many issues that you feel overwhelmed, you can scoop some of those up and put them on your co-founder’s plate, especially when they have the expertise or skill set to get those issues resolved quickly. Splitting up the workload means that projects can get done faster and your company can continue to run smoothly. –Angela Ruth, Due
2. You Have Access to Their Network
As your business begins to grow, you’ll always face new challenges, from hiring the right people to deciding on the best marketing automation software. You’ll need a solid network of experienced professionals to ask for advice so that you can make the best decisions for your company. A co-founder will have additional connections as well as unique expertise to help ease these growing pains. –Nicole Munoz, Start Ranking Now
3. They Hold You Accountable
Co-founders hold you accountable. It’s far too easy to put things off, let quality slip, or let your ego get out of check. My co-founder and beloved wife, Megan, never had an issue calling me out for all three. I’m thankful every day for it and our company is stronger for it. –Bryan Bedera, Amplify Relations
4. They Can Let You Take a Break
While you may not want to take a break, it’s necessary to help you recharge. Having a co-founder means that there is someone there who you trust to “watch the store” while you are gone and who you know will keep productivity high. This gives you some time to physically and mentally recharge so that you can also fill in for your co-founder. –Zach Binder, RankLab