Business client writing a business succession plan
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By Sanjeev Kumar
Founding Attorney

Small business life can be a tough life. Weathering the storms of the economy, finding dependable workers, adapting to new market trends, and more can make for rough sailing, to be sure. If you are among the intrepid entrepreneurs who have managed to build a solid small business that continues to grow, you should be proud of yourself. You should also make sure that you have plans in place to support your business’s continued growth and success. This should include a robust business succession plan. While it may be difficult to think of a time when you are not behind the wheel of your business, it will come. Whether it be death, retirement, or something else, you need to plan for how your business will continue to thrive after your departure.

How Small Businesses Benefit from Business Succession Plans

A business succession plan is, essentially, a plan for how your business will transition after you are gone.  Among the many benefits of having a robust business succession plan in place is the fact that, while you are creating your plan, it is a great time to reflect on your business goals and trajectory. Creating your business plan for the future allows you to take a closer look at how your business is lining up with and meeting your priorities as well as how it will continue to do so, or do so better, in the future.

With a business succession plan, you also allow more time for selecting and grooming trusted individuals and employees to eventually step up into key leadership roles. When you plan ahead, you can take an active role in helping to train those who will take over for you when you leave the business. This is a huge benefit and can help ensure you are selecting the right people for the job and helping those people understand your business mantras and goals.

A business succession plan also allows you to develop a plan for the transition period after you leave the business. Leadership transitions can be a death knell for many businesses. It is too easy for businesses and its employees to feel like they are on unsteady ground during these times. With a solid plan in place, footing is likely to feel more secure. In the best-case scenario, the business succession plan has been in place for some time and all key players are aware of what should happen during the transition phase. As such, preparations have been made for the transition period and expectations of what will happen have been managed.

Austin Small Business Law Attorney

So the saying goes, if you fail to plan, then you plan to fail. You have worked so hard to build your business and put plans in place so that it will continue to thrive. For helping to plan for your business now, and in the future, you can count on the team at The Kumar Law Firm for dedicated business law counsel. Contact us today.

About the Author
Sanjeev Kumar is the founder and principal at the Kumar Law Firm, which provides a wide range of legal services to entrepreneurs and business owners in the area of business & corporate law and intellectual property along with related areas of interest to clients such as business succession planning, wealth preservation through estate planning, and alternate dispute resolution.