Silent Partner Opportunities
If you have a promising business idea but lack the necessary capital for a startup – you can explore silent partner opportunities.
One of the major challenges that potential entrepreneurs face around the world is a lack of business capital. Millions of innovative business ideas remain dormant due to funding problems – and maybe you are one of the prospective entrepreneurs facing funding challenges for business takeoff.
Well, the situation is not entirely grim – not in this modern age of angel investors.
What is a Silent Business Partner?
If you have a great business idea but lack the necessary funds for takeoff, you must consider utilizing a silent partner investor. If you are unable to raise business capital from family and friends, and conventional banks reject your application for a business loan – then your next best bet might be to source for silent business partners.
A silent partner investor is one who contributes the necessary capital required to run your business efficiently while you as the business owner contribute skills and knowledge only. They contribute the funds needed to operate your business smoothly. They are partners in your business – BUT they do not participate in the day-to-day running of the business.
Their main motivation is to earn from the profits of the business, and they also share in the losses of the business, but they do not involve in the operational activities of the business.
Silent partners are similar to angel investors. The only difference is that while angel investors are not partners in the business, silent partners are.
A silent partner investor funds the business and partakes in the profits and losses as a major partner even though he does not participate actively in the business, but an angel partner does the same without being a partner. So a silent partner is a co-owner, but an angel investor is not.
Apart from providing significant funding for the business to operate, a silent partner also assists the business with major connections necessary for growth. He may even serve as a guarantor if a bank loan is ever needed, and he may negotiate deals that may benefit the business one way or the other.
How to Become A Silent Business Partner
In the rare case that you want to become a silent business partner by investing in the business of an entrepreneur with the motive of becoming a part-owner, there are a few conditions you must fulfill.
You Must Have Adequate Funds For Investment Purposes
Having access to unused funds that are best invested for profits is a top priority and you must only invest what you won’t mind losing in the long term.
Enter Into A Limited Partnership Agreement
Ensure that you enter into a written agreement that spells out the realities of the business and the functions of all partners before committing your money to a business that you will not be directly involved.
Ensure That The Agreement Is A Legally Binding Agreement
Where all aspects of the business proposal are acceptable, get a qualified lawyer to look at it and set things right. You may even need to register your new LLP business with the local government authorities and acquire all documentation before it becomes legal.
Discuss Expectations And Business Risks
You must meet with the entrepreneur you want to finance his ideas and iron out all details of the business before signing away your check. You must enumerate the duties of each partner and what is expected of them to make the business profitable.
Be sure to discuss the risks of the business failure as well as any potential legal remedies.
How And Where to Take Advantage of Silent Partner Opportunities
Having established that business funds can be raised through silent partners, it is important to examine how to explore silent partner opportunities. So how and where do you find silent partnership opportunities?
Friends and family members: You wouldn’t believe this: but friends and family will be glad to invest in your business ideas if you can convince them well enough. They are the closest to you and they know your strengths and weaknesses – and they must have been seeing your entrepreneurial innovations. In addition, they are less likely to take you to court if your business collapses with their investments.
Angel investors in your city. There are philanthropists and astute businessmen in your city that might want to listen to your business plans if you’d approach them. The truth is that businessmen are always seeking where to invest their money, and they will be glad to review your proposal to determine how it will meet their needs. Just be sure to make them understand how your business will benefit them.
- Online directories and trade associations. There are many online directories, dedicated solely to angel investments and silent partnerships. Go online to search for “angel investors” or “silent partners” and get connected with persons interested in your ideas. You must also go to trade associations in your city to see if there are investors willing to partner with you.
- Consider partnering with complementary businesses. You can choose to do business with another business that compliments your own – and that is how business acquisitions begin. If you are an event planner or caterer, you can partner with owners of space event centers to see how investing in your business might benefit their business in return.
To get a silent partner investor to be interested in your business ideas or startup, you must know how to pitch. Your pitch must include your business concept or idea, service or product sample, marketing plans, personnel information, survey results, competition analysis, and budget data among others.
It must also include a statement on how much you need to get the business off the ground and fully operational as well as what’s in it for the investors.
You must start out by creating a comprehensive business plan that potentially answers all the questions that your targeted, silent partner investors or silent partners might have. The document must contain realistic financial figures and how they plan to be used as well as potential rewards for all partners.
There are many silent partner opportunities around you, but you must be willing to do the legwork and take advantage of your contacts to locate them.
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