As a business owner, you are probably facing many issues that fellow business owners have dealt with. Read on to learn how financial advisors specializing in business financial planning would answer these questions.
Business owners often express how hard it is for them to attract and retain talented employees who are key to business operations. I just spoke with a client this morning who told me “we recently lost a very key ...(more)
I’ve been working of recent with a few new clients – owners of highly profitable businesses which they have started from the ground up into successful, lucrative enterprises that at this point comprise a large portion ...(more)
I recently spent time evaluating an early stage small business offering a franchise model. Without getting into specifics, I want to share a couple of lessons relating to wealth creation, from both the franchisor and ...(more)
A FACE TALE
This tale isn’t about investing in markets. This tale is about hiring an employee, and not just any employee, but the type of employee you need when you must replace yourself. The same ...(more)
Owning a business comes with a certain amount of risk. Some risks can be mitigated, some can be transferred to insurance companies through liability policies, but others are unavoidable. To protect their personal ...(more)
If you can answer “yes” to either of the following questions, then maybe it is: “Are you the sole employee of your business?” or “Does your business employ only you, your co-owners, and spouses?” Chances are – even if ...(more)
Which Retirement Plan Is Right for Your Business?
If you own a small business, there are many retirement plan alternatives available to help you and your eligible employees with retirement planning. For most ...(more)
Retirement Plans Can Be SIMPLE
If you’re a small business (or a self-employed individual), there are many retirement plan alternatives available to help you and your eligible employees plan your financial future. One ...(more)
The Business of Selling
If you’ve been thinking about selling your business, you should put a solid sales plan in place even if you don’t act on it right away. According to Fred S. Steingold, business attorney and ...(more)
Business Succession: Questions You Need to Ask
Do you have a business succession plan? Life-changing events or retirement can bring on some tough choices.
It’s not unusual for business owners to find a majority of ...(more)
Selling your business is a major financial decision and one you shouldn’t rush. There are a number of considerations to keep in mind prior to beginning the selling process. It’s important to sit down with your ...(more)
Have you created a company that someone will want to buy? Your children won’t necessarily want to take over your business, so an exit strategy is essential to getting the outcome you want. You must prepare your firm for ...(more)
It’s always exciting to think about the idea of having your own new start up. You hear about stories where entrepreneurs started with just $300 and a cardboard box and then turned their business into millions. In ...(more)
Leads go in and money comes out, right?
“No problem is so formidable that you can’t walk away from it.”–Charles Schultz
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”–Albert ...(more)
Why won't you play with me? Huh? Huh? Huh? “I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step ...(more)
Nature’s alpha bias
“Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.”–Richard Branson
I have run the gamut of investing successes and failures. I’ve had some pretty hairy failures in ...(more)
As a business owner, you understand that your business is too valuable to risk exposure to a loss that could be avoided or minimized by the right forms of insurance. Which coverage you need depends on the nature of the ...(more)
Creating a capitalization strategy requires an understanding of many things, including the business activities your company plans to finance, estimates of how much these activities will cost, and knowledge of ...(more)
Two future entrepreneurs?
“Entrepreneurship is the last refuge of the trouble making individual.”–Natalie Clifford Barney
When I started my business, I had a rather naïve idea of what it would be like. One of the ...(more)
You’re sitting at your desk, debating whether to order Chinese or a pizza for lunch, when the call comes. A private equity firm has your company in its cross-hairs, and the caller wants to chat. It’s not a mistake. ...(more)
Deciding if, when and on what terms to sell your business may be among the most important – and difficult – decisions you will make as you near retirement. That’s why it’s crucial to understand your company’s current ...(more)
What you’d like your company to be worth.
“Control your destiny or somebody else will.”–Jack Welch
You’ve probably heard the stories of how random secretaries from Microsoft or Facebook became gazillionaires because ...(more)
Self-employed people have several special retirement plans from which to choose, including a Simplified Employee Pension (SEP), a Keogh, a SIMPLE, or an individual 401(k). All of the plans allow you to deduct your ...(more)
Pull yourself up by these!
“I am a bootstrapper. I have initiative and insight and guts, but not much money. I will succeed because my efforts and my focus will defeat bigger and better-funded competitors. I am ...(more)
“I am a bootstrapper. I have initiative and insight and guts, but not much money. I will succeed because my efforts and my focus will defeat bigger and better-funded competitors. I am fearless.”
No one will claim that the tax code is simple or easy to understand. This is even more true for the self employed. If you work for yourself it’s likely that you wear many hats. Switching between the IT guru, the ...(more)
Mental accounting in a picture
“I try not to be surprised. Surprise is the public face of a mind that has been closed.”–Bernard Beckett
In my previous company, when we started out, we flew by the seats of our pants. ...(more)
Blood and tears too.
“By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.”–Robert Frost
I was fortunate enough to be able to cofound a company which, seven years ...(more)
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