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Key business succession planning tips

If you’re passing your business on, it’s important to carefully consider how you want to do so. Business succession planning is, in some ways, very similar to estate planning. As you seek the best results for your family and your business, it’s wise to have a plan in place.

But you may never have been through this process before. To help, here are some tips to keep in mind.

Consider the next generation’s strengths

If you are passing the business to your children, it’s important to consider exactly what roles they should have. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses. Remember that the roles within the business don’t have to be equal. You can pick specific jobs for children that you think will excel in those positions.

Get started early

One of the best things you can do is to begin the process of the transition months or even years in advance. This way, the future business owner can learn on the job, and they will be far more prepared when they actually take over. They can also ask you questions and get feedback long before you exit the company. 

Be sure they are interested

Never assume that your children are going to be interested in taking over the business. In some cases, parents will begin the planning process, only to find that the child has no desire to own the business and doesn’t want to run it. It’s best to know about this in advance so that you can consider other succession options, like selling to a third party and then leaving the proceeds to your beneficiaries. 

Succession planning is a critical part of your business’s future. Make sure you know exactly what steps to take.