A succession plan will help assure business continuity.
If you’ve built a successful business, you know that having a plan is critical to making it work. By the same token, readying your business for your retirement, or to enable it to carry on if anything happens to you, is an important piece of the puzzle.
While there are no set rules about what to address in a succession plan, you may want to include such details as:
Protecting your most valuable asset: You
Your exit strategy not only recognizes when you are planning to retire from the business, but it can also address any potential surprises that may impact your ability to remain in charge.
You may develop a major illness or injury that takes you away from day-to-day operations. Having insurance in place can ensure your company will continue to function in your absence, while also protecting your own earnings and family, particularly if you’re not able to return:
If you plan to retire, you need a plan
If it’s time for you to hand over the reins, your succession plan should address the time horizon for your transition and how much involvement you will maintain. You may want to execute a buy-sell agreement with partners or co-owners. It outlines the circumstances of your leaving, as well as the price that will be paid for your share of the business. Insurance can be used to help minimize the tax impact of a small business sale as well as financing retirement income.
There are many tax-efficient ways to protect your business and help you transition to your retirement.
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This article was prepared by AdvisorStream for Al Mcdonald and is legally licensed for use by AdvisorStream.