Tag: BizOwnFIT

Selling a Business? Watch Out for These Four Big Mistakes

Successful entrepreneurs spend much of their lives building valuable companies, and ultimately, many of them end up selling those businesses. It is very common for the business to be the most valuable asset a business owner has. When selling the business, it is likely that the company will attract a higher valuation if the business owner has made the business ready for sale and is also prepared for the sales process. However, if business owners make big mistakes when selling, or their business is not ready for sale, they risk not receiving the amount of money for their business that they probably deserve, given their efforts over years and decades. If you are a business owner, we know which outcome you probably prefer, and with that in mind, here are four types of mistakes that can lower the value of your business or possibly derail a sale— along with advice on how to avoid them.1

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US Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Small Business Guide

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses.

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Help Available to Business Owners

Help for small businesses continues to be a hot topic after the massive stimulus bill passed Friday, March 27th.  Details of the available programs continue to be clarified but one of the programs for which we have fielded the most questions is the Payroll Protection Program. The Small Business Administration (SBA) has released the official application and will begin to process applications on Friday, April 3rd. These loans will typically be processed through an SBA approved bank (our experience has been that almost all banks of reasonable size are enrolled and will be processing these loans and applications).

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Business Owners: Beat the Odds by Preparing Your Company for a Successful Sale

When talking with my clients who own businesses, many of them have a goal to sell their business for full value so that they will be able to fund the retirement lifestyle they desire, take care of their family, and support the charitable intentions that are important to them. Unfortunately, many owners will probably not be able to sell their businesses when they are ready because they are not taking critical steps needed toward a transition or toward getting the full value of their enterprise, even though many of them have 80-90% of their financial assets/net worth based in the business itself. 1 The fact that most business owners are not taking the critical steps to prepare their businesses for sale is supported by a recent study conducted by the Exit Planning Institute that showed that only 20-30% of the businesses that go to the market actually end up selling.2 If you are a business owner and your plans include selling your business sometime in the future, what can you begin doing today to enhance your business’ value and make it more attractive to a future buyer?

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Financial Planning for Contractors

Are you considering taking the next step to work for yourself? Working for yourself as a business owner or with others in a contractor or consultant role can be very financially rewarding. It can also provide you with a sense of self-pride not found while working as an employee for someone else. While there are many benefits, there are several key decisions that must be made to operate
successfully in this new environment. The most commonly asked questions are…

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Asset Protection: Don’t Just Build Wealth— Defend It

Are you prepared to protect your assets in case you get sued? Hopefully this won’t happen to you, but the hard reality is that successful, financially secure individuals, especially business owners and professionals, are targets — a magnet for actions such as lawsuits and torts. For example, more than a third of physicians (34%) have had a claim filed against them at some point in their careers.1 For business owners, 36-53% of small businesses are involved in at least one litigation in any given year.2 Even if these claims or lawsuits are frivolous, they can be frustrating and potentially devastating to your financial well-being.

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