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Creating an Exit Strategy: Retirement From Your Business

For a business owner retirement may seem like a wild dream. You're busy keeping your company in operation, so when do you have time for retirement planning or formulating an exit strategy for your company? Fortunately, it doesn't need to be that difficult to be able to plan to enjoy your golden years. Here are a few tips on how to get started in creating an exit strategy for business owner retirement.

To start retirement planning, you'll need to consider what you want out of retirement. Do you already have savings set aside for your later years? What about assisted care insurance, to cover nursing home expenses? Do you need to set up a trust for some family members? Start by figuring out your personal goals and then build from there.

Once you know what you need to plan for, it's time to start looking at an exit strategy. You'll want to start by determining the value of your business, which is best calculated by a business appraiser. Once you're received information on what your business is currently worth and what areas are calculated to determine that value, you'll be able to decide where you need to make changes to improve your company's value.

For example, if you have an unusually high number of unpaid accounts, it may be time to change your collection process or turn it over to an outside agency. High overhead can be reduced by streamlining your business processes, making the entire company more efficient and profitable in the long run.

Once you've finished fine-tuning these aspects of your business, you can have a second valuation performed, giving you a solid negotiating point to start looking for buyers. Whether you look personally in the industry, find a family member who wants to buy out your portion of your business or list your company with a real estate broker, you now know what fair market value is.

By creating an exit strategy, you can enjoy your golden years while still enjoying a good lifestyle. But what if you're not sure about particular facets of business owner retirement? The experienced business professionals at AccountRely are here to help you get the most out of your retirement planning. Please feel free to reach out today to get started.

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