Whether you have one employee or many, being a business owner is hard work and no matter how hard you try there always seems to be a growing list of tasks that need your attention. I both sympathize and empathize with you.
For me personally, I started Castle Wealth Advisors, LLC because I felt there were many individuals, families, and businesses who were underserved by the investing and financial planning industry. I wanted to provide an ethical and approachable financial planning and investment management service to individuals, families, and business owners who were concerned with their financial futures or just had a few questions, regardless of age, sex, race, or net worth. That was very important to me and it still is today.
The paths that leads business owners to start their own companies will vary greatly from business owner to business owner. Sure, we started our companies because we felt there was something we could add to our industries that would be new, make a difference, or help people. However, there is one common theme among us. We all need help along the way to ensure we have made informed decisions with regard to our companies.
Given today’s environment of low interest rates and the increasing volatility in equity markets, many investment portfolios are at risk and for those who own their own businesses the stakes can be even higher. This has caused many business owners to re-think their strategies and goals, both personally and from a comprehensive business perspective.
If you own your own business here are a few areas to consider:
1. Business Valuations:
When we first start companies we are focused with gathering customers and paying the bills. Oftentimes the business valuation review takes a backseat until there is a triggering event (the sale or transfer of the business). However, sometimes these triggering events come too late and the preparation/ planning needs have gone unmet. Other times, a business valuation has been done and checked off the list. Business valuations change over time and should be reviewed regularly. It’s a good idea to work with someone who can provide informal business valuation services.
2. Business Succession/ Continuation Planning:
Business succession and continuation planning is another area business owner should review on a regular basis. Having pre-funded, up-to-date plans in place allows you as the owners to transition out of the business in the time frame you have in mind and close to the value that may met your needs.
3. Review Any Existing Company-Owned Insurance Policies and Documents:
Existing company-owned insurance policies and accompanying documents need to be reviewed to make sure they still fit you and your company’s needs for desired liquidity, protection, and cash flow.
4. Executive Benefit Plans:
If you used any type of executive benefit plans to recruit/ retain top talent. Then those plans should be reviewed at least every two years.
5. Beneficiary Designations:
As simple as it may sound, beneficiary designations are often forgotten and not reviewed to ensure they are still accurate and fit your overall financial planning needs. The beneficiary designations on all policies should be reviewed annually.
If you are a business owner or are considering making the transition into business ownership. I encourage you to put sometime on your calendar to conduct a business review with you trusted advisors. By setting this important review/ planning time aside you could be greatly benefiting yourself in many ways both in your personal and business finances. If you don’t have a trusted advisor, are unsure/ have questions about your business, and are located in California or Alabama Castle Wealth Advisors, LLC would be happy to discuss your situation and offer guidance. Check us out to learn more about business planningand who we are.
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