What is a succession plan?
A succession plan lays out details about who you’ll pass your business on to and how. This is essential if you’re thinking of selling, you’re approaching retirement or you’re taking a step back in your role in your business. Even if you’re not planning a transfer in the short-term, a succession plan is a form of protection. It may include a formal buy/sell agreement and or specify estate planning in case of death.
There are many benefits to having a succession plan:
- keeping relationships within families and between business partners
- more resilience to challenges and a higher survival rate
- sets things up for the retirement the owner wants.
How to go about setting up a succession plan
When it comes to setting up a succession plan, it’s about understanding what your business needs, and what would be in its best interests when you’ve exited the business; and then putting together a formal plan to document this.
You could think of it this way
- Consider where your business is now, and where you want to be
Reflect on how the future of your business might look by factoring in your goals, as well as the needs of your business and or your family / successors. Part of this will be getting a detailed understanding of your business’s true worth, considering the assets and liabilities.
- Plan for changes to your business
There may be a few changes to make to your business operations now to set up your business for the future. This may include restructuring, recruiting and training new management or preparing family successors. It helps to start thinking about the effort involved.
- Document your plan with professional help
With the help of an Adviser and other professionals such as an accountant or lawyer, you’ll need to document your plan so it’s formalised.
- Regularly review
It’s important to regularly review your plan to include any changes that might be needed as circumstances change.
An Adviser can help
We know that as a proud business owner, the idea of putting together a succession plan can be an emotional and daunting process. That’s just one of the reasons why it’s a good idea to get the help of an Adviser. They can help you to:
- identify your short and long-term financial goals
- understand your personal and general insurance options
- prioritise and plan based on your needs.
An Adviser will be one point of call, who can help you understand the other experts who might be needed such as a lawyer or accountant.