In situations where there are multiple business owners, they may all gather to make important decisions, which can be put to a vote if there is a dispute. This is a simple way to resolve disputes and help the business move forward, even if those who were outvoted are not necessarily happy with the decision. It is at least fair.
But what if you and one other person own a business together? You’re equal owners, both holding 50% of the company. If you disagree, any vote would be deadlocked, so how do you solve that dispute?
Tactics you may need to employ to minimize disputes
There are a few different tactics you can use here. First and foremost, if you have a legally binding agreement, such as a partnership agreement, it may tell you how you and your partner agreed to solve disputes when you launched the company. You need to adhere to these guidelines (if they exist).
If not, you may want to consider mediation and negotiation. This can be complicated and may take some time, but you and your partner will need to find a compromise. A mediator may help you do this since they are a neutral third party with no ties to the business itself.
Finally, when negotiation fails, you may have to get a court decision. This is the longest way to resolve the dispute, but it allows the court to hand down an order that makes the decision for you, thus helping your company move forward in some capacity. If you reach this point in the process, be sure you know what legal options you have to protect your interests — and the future of your company.