Seven Critical Reasons You Need A Financial Partner for Your Small Business
Jon Tait of Signature Wealth Strategies offers business advice and solutions for small business owners who are looking to build a personal plan in cooperation with their business plan.
“Most small business owners decide to start a business because they love what they do. However, what they love doesn’t have anything to do with business tax structure, employee benefits or employer regulations. I love doing the things other people hate.” says Tait.
Starting, running, and growing a business can be a challenging yet rewarding journey. One of the most significant challenges in business ownership is the proper allocation of resources. One of the most precious of all resources for a business owner also, unfortunately, happens to be nonrenewable; time.
The best way to leverage what little time you do have as a business owner is to find the right people to stand beside and advise you during some of the most significant decisions in your career. Finding and building a team of knowledgeable employees and professionals is no small task. Still, it is invaluable if you want to see your business thrive and succeed in your future (without it taking over every minute of your day).
Your team needs not only reliable employees who can assist you in business operations but also strategic professional partners that can bring additional experience, expertise, and skills to the table for you. These are professionals ready to come along with you for a lengthy partnership to help you achieve goals in the distant (and not-so-distant) future. They will ask and help you consider and document your answers to some of the biggest questions you have regarding your business goals.
Having a professional partner alongside your business can help you see the forest through the trees and allow you to take back some of your time and focus on what you do best.
Not Just An Advisor, But a Partner and Professional
A trusted financial advisor is a critical part of your business success team because they can advise you on and assist you with implementing plans for:
Business Cash Flow Management and Employee Benefits Planning
Gross revenue, tax obligations, liquid, physical and depreciating assets, employee payroll, and benefits are complex issues that all impact each other in a real, meaningful way.
Is your business adequately protected from liability concerns or any additional vulnerabilities presented by your unique service or industry?
Succession / Exit Planning / Strategy
You’re probably building a business that you want to grow and outlive you and even your wildest dreams for its success and longevity. You can’t work forever (even if you want to). There will come a day that you need to pass your business to someone else to take over operations. Will you be able to do that with confidence and peace?
Bottom-line Cost Savings / Profitability Maximization
The costs of doing business can be high. But what if yours are higher than they need to be? It takes time and dedication to be able to thoroughly analyze the financials of a business and be able to make educated and strategic recommendations about where some extra expenditures could be trimmed without negatively impacting the consumer experience or productivity of the business’s ability to deliver.
With those profit-maximized and cost savings, you may find the business having more capital than you’ve had previously. With an experienced advisor by your side, they can help you ensure that any additional capital is held in the proper accounts to maximize earning and growth potential, while also taking into account your time horizon and needs of accessing funds.
Financial Scenario Projections
Do you find it challenging to decide which way to go when you have multiple options in a scenario? With industry-leading tools, a professional can simulate and project the outcomes of various options to help you make the most informed choices.
Alignment Between Personal and Business Financials
Having one partner that can not only advise you on both your business and personal financial plans and investments – but actually leverage and coordinate them together to help achieve your long-term goals.
Coordination with other professionals (CPA, lawyer, etc.)
Part of getting your time back involves getting a team of competent professionals by your side.
Have you determined the risk tolerance of your business? An advisor can help you analyze important details of your business and understand what kind (and amount) of risk that is optimal for your business – either for sustainability or growth, depending on your individual goals.
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