Last week, I began asking you a series of questions, and I’d like you to thoughtfully consider the questions I

Please do consider these six issues as you work through growing your business — they can catch you off guard sometimes.

While some of these questions involve areas which my staff and I do not handle, I will gladly recommend someone who can assist you with those items as needed — and do it well.

So, here are the final 3 (with last week’s questions listed as summaries only).

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Small Business Health Quiz (Part 2)

“The question isn’t who is going to let me, it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

Even if “business is good” right now, part of our role is to help point out potential potholes along the future path for business-owner’s.

Which is why I’m here to raise some questions for you.

It’s a bit of a different approach than I normally take in my Strategy Note, but if you take it seriously … it can be a transformative process.

Take a look at each of these questions, even if you are troubled by any of your answers–

Behm’s Small Business Health Quiz

From last week…

#1: Is the value of your business firmly established?
[Buy/Sell Agreements]

#2: Is there an emergency plan?
[Will & Asset Protection Strategy]

#3: What happens next?
[Business Succession Plan, and more]

Now to the next questions…

#4: What are your retirement plans?

Questions to consider:

  • Do I know how much income I will actually need at retirement?
  • How much control in the business must I maintain to secure my retirement income?
  • Have I looked into financing options for key employees to buy me out?
  • Do I want to be running my business, full-time, five years from now?
  • Do I have contribution protection for my retirement if I were to become disabled?

Too many business owners view their business as their “retirement cash cow” … but have not made serious plans for how it can BE that cash cow.

#5: Are all of your eggs in one basket?

Questions to consider:

  • Do I have reliable investments, other than my business?
  • Will my business assets account for less than 25% of my retirement plans?
  • In the past year, have I spent more than one hour planning my retirement?

If you haven’t diversified your retirement income outside of your business, you could be in trouble.

#6: Is there a REAL tax strategy?

Consider these questions …

  • Am I proactively planning to deal with tax law changes?
  • Have I determined my financial goals — and how taxes will affect them?
  • Will I maximize my tax-free earnings in retirement (and before retirement)?
  • Do I have an exit plan for my business — and is it written down?

Again, all of these issues always seem “procrastinate-able” on the front end … but if you don’t have a good answer to more than a couple of the above questions, you might be cruising for a financial bruising.

I’m grateful for our chance to serve you and your business thru these blogs — and we are dedicated to its success, in every measure.

BE THE ROAR not the echo®

Warmly,

Janet Behm