All businesses can have internal problems when partners disagree on the right direction for the company. Businesses are interested in growth, but how to get there is often debatable. This can be especially true with businesses when there are multiple business partners with equal power. Many problems can be avoided with the proper business entity structure.
Establish clear financial expectations
The most common among partnership disputes involve company finances including such issues as worker and management salaries. Managing financial variables is vital to any successful business, and a startup that addresses these possible disputes before launching will often avoid management and legal issues.
Create a clear business structure
All businesses should have a clear authority arrangement. This typically begins with a managing partner or chief executive officer with defined responsibility. Assigning titles may not be enough; work responsibility areas should also be addressed in writing. Failure to designate these roles beforehand is usually what leads to disagreements after operations begin as definitive authority is not established. This can be especially important in larger-scale businesses where management officials and even workers have differing levels of drive and incentive. Internal workplaces can become chaotic when these lines are not clearly drawn.
Even in companies where these problems are expected and addressed in the very beginning, there may still be internal management disputes. It is always best to retain a business law professional who can help explain the legal nuances of any particular issue, draw up bylaws and other company governance documents, and provide legal expertise with respect to where responsibility and authority actually lie within the company.