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Creating a business succession plan

If you are the owner of a successful business, you'll likely want to ensure that your business will continue to thrive for many generations to come. Your business has the possibility to be one of the greatest legacies that you'll leave behind, and that's why it is vital that it's placed in competent hands.

Business owners should think about their succession plan no matter what age they are. By doing so, they will be able to reflect further on their future vision for their business. Rather than being morbid, making a succession plan for your business can be life-affirming and exciting. It can help you to clarify your goals for what you would like to achieve during your lifetime. The following are some things to consider when you are starting to create a business succession plan.

Consider choosing a successor

Knowing who you would like to inherit your business at the end of your life or when you decide to retire is a vital first step. Whether you would like an employee, family member or another organization to take on the business will depend on your personal situation.

Develop a training program

You'll need to make sure that the intended successor understands every aspect of the business and how to successfully take it forward in the future. To ensure that the business is handed over effectively, you'll need to develop a training program. Depending on the complexity of the business and the intended successor's prior experience, this could be done in a matter of weeks or could take a number of years. If the training program is formalized and adequately planned, it is more likely to be successful.

Plan for your retirement

You may be planning for your retirement, and this should be factored into your training program and overall succession plan. You may want to stagger your retirement so you are able to slowly transfer control to your successor while supporting them when necessary.

If you are a business owner in Connecticut and you have not yet formalized your succession plan, it is important that you fully understand how the law applies to all aspects of business succession. By being fully informed, you'll have a better chance of being able to take positive action.

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