Stepping into a business owner’s shoes is like donning many hats. You’re the ringmaster, the tightrope walker, and the lion tamer all at once. No business owner is spared from this juggling act. So, when it comes to selecting a business partner, it’s not just about picking the best designer or the slickest coder. The ideal partner isn’t someone who fits into a hat, but one who can handle an entire hat rack, with a penchant for variety and a knack for adaptability.

I crossed paths with my future business partner in the hallowed halls of our university. We were two pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, possessing skill sets that interlocked perfectly. We shared contracts, delivered work together, and painted a vivid picture of collaboration. But our partnership didn’t bloom simply because one of us held the brush of programming and the other the palette of design. It wasn’t a straightforward path paved with skills. Rather, it was a winding journey carved out by a clear division of labor, trust as solid as bedrock, and a heartfelt respect for each other that ran as deep as the ocean.

The importance of mutual trust is a mountain too massive to encapsulate fully. Trust is a robust bridge that turns a chasm of stress into a breezy walk, a flashlight in the dark, guiding your focus. It’s the secret ingredient to surmounting the Himalayan hurdles a business owner inevitably faces.

Trust is the magic key that transforms mundane tasks into whimsical adventures. It allows you to squeeze fun out of the un-fun, to find the silver lining in every storm cloud. Trust, in essence, is the sturdy rope that connects every hat a business owner must wear, making the act less of a juggle and more of a harmonious dance.

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Brand and Community at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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