If you’re a business owner, there are two critical scenarios you should plan for: passing away or becoming disabled. In both cases, you need to consider succession management. But what exactly does succession management entail? It’s all about ensuring that someone can step into your shoes and effectively manage your business, possessing the legal authority to keep it running smoothly.
First and foremost, you need to determine who will succeed you in managing your business. Who can you trust to handle your clients, vendors, cooperating parties, and referral resources? In essence, every individual associated with your business comes into play here.
Now, let’s delve into the “what” and “when.” Will one person take on all the responsibilities, or should multiple roles be defined? Timing is crucial; without a proper estate plan or legal designations for key individuals in place, the “when” can be postponed for months, or even years. Imagine the impact on your business if this transition takes longer than a few days.
To ensure a seamless transition, you must identify where your successors will find the legal authority to manage your business. This involves knowing which bank accounts, lines of credit, and communication channels are essential. You need to provide clear instructions on how to access and operate these resources.
Equally important is the “how” aspect. Do you have documented policies and procedures in place that outline how your business operates? From closing deals to contract signing and creating bills of sale, all these crucial processes should be well-documented. Relying on your memory is risky, as your successors won’t have access to your knowledge in the event of your disability or passing.
As a business owner, it’s your responsibility to equip your successors with the knowledge and tools they need to succeed. You wouldn’t want your business to perish with you or due to your incapacity. So, take the necessary steps to ensure that your business continues to thrive, no matter what.
If you’re ready to put a robust business succession plan in place, we’re here to help. Give us a call at (813) 480-2106 or click below to schedule a consultation. We’ll guide you through the essential “who, what, when, where, and how” aspects of succession management, ensuring the longevity of your business.