Archive for August, 2010

By: Darren Agaton  





Establishing business is not as easy as what many people perceive. It covers complex issues and deals with various aspects from formation to dissolution. It doesn’t only involve adequate financing. There are stages that must be taken and decisions to make. It requires careful planning, proper outlining of objectives and purposes and providing means to settle business disputes in case it arises.

Disputes must be given proper consideration because it has the more tendencies to kill the business as compared to competition. Hence, it is very important to engage in agreement with business partners and employees about it.

Business disputes may arise in different circumstances and situations such as:

• Profit sharing or matters that involve money including the contribution for capital

• Equal distribution of assets and business properties

• Management authority

• Breach of contract

• Breach of non-disclosure agreement

• Breach of non-compete clause

• Dissolution of business

Contracts in Business

Written contracts is one way of preventing, or at least, reducing disputes in business. It spells out the objective of the business, the terms and conditions on how conflicts must be addressed, and the agreement among partners that they will abide and strictly follow what is agreed upon.

Additionally, contracts set the duties and responsibilities of business partners in handling the business.

Contracts generally help a business in many ways. If carefully drafted and followed, contracts will do a lot in lessening disputes within the business.

How to Avoid Disputes

Aside from the agreement or contract that you and your soon-to-be business partners will create and sign, there are also other effective ways in handling and avoiding disputes.

1. Setting a strategy

It is very important that you set strategies on the best ways of handling your business. The first thing you should do is to know its strengths and weaknesses, and the problems that are usually encountered. This will help in finding best solutions on how will you address the problems and avoid them to happen twice, as much as possible.

The strategies you will use in handling simple problems will be the basis of resolving bigger problems that the business may face.

It is also essential that you know how to utilize the workforce, and how the skills and abilities of your employees must be used for the advantage of your business.

2. Establishing good relationship with business partners and employees

It is a good thing that an employer has an established rapport with his employees. This minimizes disputes in business, since mostly, the clash between the employee and the employer is the chief cause of disagreements. Furthermore, a fair and equal treatment amongst them is imperative.

It is also important to build trust with business partners. Reciprocal relationship- you trust them, they trust you. In order to avoid disputes, you and your partners must not mar the trust and loyalty you bestow with each other. And the simplest way for it not to happen is to do what you have concurred in the agreement.

In case of simple disagreement, talk about the issues and matters immediately. Good communication is always the key in establishing good relationship.

3. Hiring Lawyers

Lawyers are the best mediators specifically when legal matters arise. It is important that you entrust your business to a duly qualified one. If business dispute occurs, they will be a great help in settling it right away.

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