Issue Date: 
Monday, November 17, 2014

10 Strategies to apply for Joint Ventures Partners

By W van Rooyen

www.how2tender.com 

10 November 2014

Joint Ventures can be very lucrative business relationships. In previous articles about Joint Ventures we have talked about the eight things you must know about Joint Ventures as well as how Tenders and Joint Ventures work.

Today we concentrate on the ten strategies that any entrepreneur should apply when choosing Joint Ventures partners.

Here are the ten strategies you as business owner and potential Tender winner must concentrate on when choosing a Joint Venture Business Partner:

  1. Find a partner or partners that you can trust. Trust in any relationship is of the utmost importance and even more so in a business relationship.
  2. Put everything in writing and keep it simple. The more complicated the deal the more likely it is that something can go wrong.
  3. Look for the best partners. Do not go into a Joint Venture with your best friend just because it is your friend. Find the best partners that will contribute the best to the Joint Venture for the specific Tender that you are responding to.
  4. Ensure that all parties to the Joint Venture contribute equally. You do not want freeloaders in the Joint Venture.
  5. Limit the scope of the Joint Venture to a specific tender. Rather do a Joint Venture for each Tender that you respond to. This way you leave the door open to change partners if a tender require other skills as those of your current partner. You do not want to get stuck in an unhappy Joint Venture relationship.
  6. Determine the value that each partner will contribute to the Joint Venture beforehand and ensure that it is captured in the Joint Venture Agreement.
  7. Ensure that there is a well defined exit strategy in the Joint Venture Agreement should things between you and your Joint Venture partners do not work out.
  8. Choose Joint Venture partners that are financially sound. You do not want a situation where your partners suck the Joint Venture dry because their other or normal business ventures have failed.
  9. The partners that you choose must be able and willing to grow with you and the Joint Venture. There is no instant success in the tender world.
  10. Try and get Joint Venture partners with experience in the specific Tender environment that you are bidding for. The more experience you and your Joint Venture partners can muster the best change you have of winning a tender.

There you have it - ten strategies that if followed, could ensure that the Joint Venture that you use for that next tender can be the one that ensures success.

For more information on Joint Ventures or to get a Joint Venture Agreement please visit our website at www.how2tender.com. You will also find our Tender Manual there - the Tender Manual guides you through the whole process of responding to a Tender or a Request for Proposal.

Until next time.

Brand new Preferential Procurement Regulations 2017 for Tenders

The brand new Preferential Procurement Regulations 2017, has been finalized and was gazetted on 20 January 2017. There are some interesting changes and challenges that we will discuss during the coming months. This is the official media release from National Treasury:

The regulations were initially promulgated in 2001 and revised in 2011 thus making this the second revision since the initial promulgation.

The revision of the Preferential Procurement Regulations of 2011 was largely influenced by the need... Read More

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