Before you grab the white board and write big fancy titles above everyone's names, or before you start brainstorming a name for your company-in-the-making, take a step back. How much do you really know about the person you are about to do business with? What are they truly bringing to the table? And most importantly, will you feel the same way you feel right now, five years from now? Here are 6 ways to spot a bad business partner from the beginning--and how you can potentially make more educated decisions about how you want to move forward.

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