You’ve started and grown your business, despite all the hurdles you had to overcome. It may be difficult to think about a time when you will transition out of that business; however, succession planning should start at least five years before you want to leave your company. If you put off your exit strategy until you’re ready to get out, you may seriously limit your options, including who you can sell to, the value you will receive and how successful the transition is.
After 18 months of economic uncertainty, many business owners who were forced to put their business sale plans on hold are now ready to go forward. It’s critical for CPA’s to understand how they can best support their clients through the process of selling their business. Here are three important considerations for helping your clients through this process.
Choosing the right team to advise you can help you continue to grow your business while working towards your personal goals. An experienced exit planning professional can assist you in developing the right plan for your business and creating a balanced lifestyle by integrating your personal and professional goals.
Life can change quickly. If something unexpectedly happens to you, your business could be adversely affected and your day to day operations could come to a complete halt. Business owners must prepare for unexpected events and have a contingency plan for worst-case scenarios.
Several key calculations can help you determine gaps in your business that may prevent you from meeting your goals. Our graphic explains the three most important gaps that exist for most business owners and shares how to calculate these gaps to determine how to best meet your business and personal goals.
Navigating business complexities can be overwhelming, especially when its opportunities and challenges are outside of a business owner’s area of expertise. To effectively manage these situations, many management teams seek the support of outside counsel through an advisory board. By forming and consulting with an advisory board, a company benefits from the knowledge and experience of its members without being bound to their advice.
The coronavirus pandemic has altered the business landscape and given business owners a new perspective on the most effective and strategic ways to operate their company. While some businesses have excelled by pivoting and incorporating new technologies, others have experienced extreme disruptions, causing their business to shutter.
Here we are, a month after the world was upended due to the coronavirus. In the first few days, leaders had to respond to the urgency of the situation. For some, the workforce began to work remotely. Others adapted and some have temporarily closed their doors. We don’t know how long the current pandemic will last or how long it will take the economy to recover, but we do know that now is not the time to lose sight of your long-term plans.
Kathleen King began selling her home-baked cookies as a child from her family’s farm stand. After growing her business over the next 20 years and developing a successful brand with a large following, Kathleen recognized the need for an exit strategy. Rather than engaging a professional service provider for advice, she accepted an offer for two business partners to buy into her business
Business owners probably think of retirement as a time to let go of all business stresses and to finally begin relaxing. Surprise—according to a recent study, more than 70% of former owners regret selling their companies less than a year after the sale. What causes so many to regret their decision? The culprit seems to be the lack of preparation on the part of the business owner.