Valerie Khoo


This is the personal blog of Valerie Khoo – artist, author and podcaster. Valerie is passionate about exploring the worlds of creativity and business. She is co-host of the popular podcasts ‘So you want to be a writer’ and ‘So you want to be a photographer’. Valerie is a mentor to artists, writers and business owners on how they can turn their passions into thriving professional practices. She is author of ‘Power Stories: The 8 Stories You MUST Tell to Build an Epic Business’. Valerie is also CEO of the Australian Writers’ Centre, one of the world’s leading centres for writing courses.

The Perils of Business Partnerships

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  1. Paul Wallbank

    Hi Valerie,

    Good points about business partners. Having been caught out myself in previous ventures on this, it’s something I’m quite passionate about.

    My belief is that for a business partnership to work each partner has to respect the others while understanding their individual strengths and weaknesses.

    In the case you’ve described, the question should be what does the other lady bring to the partnership that adds value which offsets the distraction that kids inevitably cause.

    One of the things I noticed with some start up businesses is that often one or more partners is bought on as cheap labour and that never ends well.

    Thanks for the great post.

    1. Anonymous

      Paul: It’s like dating isn’t it? Sometimes you are in love with the IDEA of the person as a business partner instead of looking at whether you are the right match!