Successful business owners share many admirable qualities. They are smart, hard-working, and focused. Unfortunately, despite the hard work factor, Dun & Bradstreet reports that only nine percent of small businesses, with fewer than twenty employees, survive for ten years.
Running a small business takes an inordinate amount of time and energy, which often leaves owners too distracted to focus on other areas of their lives, which causes many family business problems. When a business is a key component of family wealth, however, it is critical to incorporate family business succession planning to secure its long-term stability. After all, for most business owners, the business represents their single most valuable asset. Generally, it constitutes 90 percent of their wealth. Taking steps to safeguard a business, such as developing a business exit strategy, helps ensure its long-term survival and success and protect an asset that often represents a life’s work.
Invest your time in building your business by talking with Ralph Berge, Cleveland business coach about family business planning.