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Through Thick and Thin: How to Find a Co-Founder Who Will Last You need to create criteria, be patient, thorough and know your weaknesses.

By Adam Bornstein

This story appears in the October 2017 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Federico Gastaldi

A business partnership is like a marriage. Embrace the courtship.

Q. I'm about to start my own business, but I want someone to help juggle the responsibilities. How do I find a co-founder who's the right fit? -- Elizabeth l.

To co-found or not to co-found? It's a complicated question many entrepreneurs face, and the search for a partner can feel more like a game of roulette than a calculated business decision. Do you need a co-founder to succeed? Not necessarily. But if you want to build a dynamic duo, there are several factors to consider as you begin your hunt.

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