The current economy has forced many business owners to postpone their exit date and focus on short-term challenges. While it’s natural and necessary to address urgent issues, it’s also imperative that you not abandon your long-term strategies. What are some steps to take now that will keep you aligned with your end game?
1. Set a target date. Whether it’s in two years or 10, establish a specific date when you’d like to leave the business. This creates a tangible goal, with milestones and accountability, that will ensure you stay on track. Keep in mind that while a set date is critical to goal achievement, it can (and often is) modified as conditions change.
2. Secure counsel from a team of advisers. Exit planning requires the counsel of trusted advisers from different disciplines. This team should minimally include your CPA, a business and estate attorney, a financial adviser, and an exit planning specialist who will coordinate the process and create a holistic game plan.
3. Write a plan and review annually. Change is constant. Economic conditions or a myriad of other factors can bring new influences and impacts to your life and on your business. Be proactive and review your exit plan each year with your advisers to determine if any adjustments are necessary.
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