Making Partner: What Managers Need to Know

Businessman leaning on railBeing a partner includes 16 specific duties, whether you’re equity or non-equity.

By Marc Rosenberg
The Rosenberg Practice Management Library

When managers become new partners, they face numerous changes. Those include some things they’re entitled to … and not.

The Realities

You’re an owner. As such, you get paid based on the firm’s earnings, not as an employee.

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You pay for your ownership. New owners in any business must pay money to acquire their ownership. At CPA firms, this is called a new partner buy-in. Because CPA firms have a substantial street value, it’s reasonable that new partners should be required to purchase their interest in the firm.