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Succession (Exit) Planning

3 Benefits of Written Exit Plans

Posted on 07/18/18 by Robert J. Lane CPA

Planning a business exit can seem like a lot of work at first. From building business value to developing capable successors to figuring out exactly what you want to do with your life after you leave, Exit Planning might look like too much work for one person to do. In our experience, Exit Planning isn’t

What’s So Important About Planning?

Posted on 07/03/18 by Robert J. Lane CPA

When business owners start their businesses, they often create a written business plan to guide them toward success. However, many successful owners don’t mimic that process when they begin to approach the end of their business ownership. There are three areas in which forgoing planning for the future can create unintended consequences for business owners:

Balancing Your Goals With Your Family’s Goals in Family Transfers

Posted on 06/20/18 by Robert J. Lane CPA

If you’re considering transferring your business ownership to family, you might be tempted to put your family’s wants over your own goals. While this altruism may be admirable, it can also cause more problems than it solves. Consider the case of Darnell Orie. Darnell Orie was unsure how to approach his business exit. His son,

The Dangers of Transferring to Children Without Planning

Posted on 06/06/18 by Robert J. Lane CPA

After building a successful business, many business owners decide that they want to transfer their ownership to their children. Too often, those owners assume that a transfer to children will go smoothly and simply, requiring little more than informing their kids of the date they’ll be taking the reins. Owners who make this assumption commonly

Unforeseen Challenges to Third-Party Sales

Posted on 05/16/18 by Robert J. Lane CPA

For many business owners, a sale to a third party is their assumed Exit Path. Some business owners even start their businesses with the goal of finding a larger, more deeply pocketed buyer; selling the business; and retiring early. The potential to sell the business for cash draws business owners to third-party sales. If you

Building Business Value Through Exit Planning

Posted on 05/02/18 by Robert J. Lane CPA

Business owners seldom seek to exit their businesses without attaining financial security. They understand that one requirement of financial security is to grow business value, but many struggle to achieve this goal. Fortunately for these owners, Exit Planning can directly address their need to build business value and serve as an unexpected solution for owners

The Two-Pronged Approach to Exit Planning

Posted on 04/18/18 by Robert J. Lane CPA

When business owners begin to think about their business exits, they tend to focus on one specific goal that they want to achieve. Some owners focus on when they want to exit, some focus on how much money they want when they exit, and others focus on the person or group that will take over

How Emotion Affects Your Business Exit

Posted on 04/04/18 by Robert J. Lane CPA

Generally, business owners feel comfortable being owners. They enjoy what they do, but rationally, they know they need to change their roles in their businesses eventually. But most owners don’t resist planning their exits on a rational basis. Instead, they resist Exit Planning at an emotional level. Consider Clancy, a 50-year-old business owner. He loves

The Importance of Setting an Exit Date

Posted on 03/21/18 by Robert J. Lane CPA

According to surveys, up to 79% of business owners plan to exit their businesses within the next 10 years, with more than half saying they want to exit within the next five years. However, many business owners fall into the trap of the “rolling five-year Exit Plan,” in which owners constantly reset their exit dates

Handling the Early Stages of Exit Planning

Posted on 03/07/18 by Robert J. Lane CPA

For business owners, the idea of exiting their businesses, which for many owners define their professional lives, can seem like a gigantic undertaking. They ask themselves, “How can I possibly do all of this? Where can I go for help, and what do I need to know?” These questions are perfectly normal to ask as

How Does Exit Planning Protect Business Value?

Posted on 02/21/18 by Robert J. Lane CPA

When you set about starting your business, you likely had big goals and expansive dreams about its success. Whether success meant having an impact on your community, making as much money as possible, or something else, you probably wanted your business to become the ideal firm in your market. As you build your business toward

When Key Employees Stall Your Exit

Posted on 02/07/18 by Robert J. Lane CPA

An important part of a successful ownership transfer, regardless of Exit Path, is the presence of key employees. Key employees are those who have a direct and significant impact on business value, meaningfully participate in the business’ strategic future, and whose combination of skills and experience would be exceedingly difficult to replace. Because of their

Setting Exit Goals for the New Year

Posted on 01/19/18 by Robert J. Lane CPA

With the new year upon us, many people have begun their journeys to fulfill their New Year’s resolutions. For business owners, it’s no different. Between creating goals for the business to achieve and assuring that the business keeps growing, owners will have much to consider this year. One of the goals most commonly shared by

Setting Exit Goals for the New Year

Posted on 01/05/18 by Robert J. Lane CPA

With the new year upon us, many people have begun their journeys to fulfill their New Year’s resolutions. For business owners, it’s no different. Between creating goals for the business to achieve and assuring that the business keeps growing, owners will have much to consider this year. One of the goals most commonly shared by

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