AS Partners

30
Oct

Business Succession Planning

Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst: Why a Business Succession Plan Is Essential

While everyone wants their businesses to be successful and operate for a long time, you may not necessarily want to remain at the helm.

As some point, you may want to pass the business on to your children, or to someone else in the company. You may want to sell your share to your business partner. Or you may want to sell the business to another person or company, and retire on the proceeds.

Ideally, you will choose the timing and method of your exit from the business. However, the way life unfolds sometimes, business owners do not always have a choice in what happens, or when. Read more

30
Oct

Business Budgeting

3 Reasons Your Business Needs A Budget Now

For many, the word ‘budget’ is about as appealing as the word ‘diet’.   It seems to imply what you will go without, rather than what you will achieve.   To a successful business owner, however, the word ‘budget’ has a very different meaning.

It’s more like a map than a diet.
It’s an outline of where you want to take the business, and what you need to achieve to get there.

Running a business without a budget is like a ship’s captain setting off on a voyage without a map. Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it. Who would do that?!  Yet this is, figuratively speaking, what many business owners do.  Successful business owners, on the other hand, not only set clear targets and budgets each year, they monitor them closely each month, even each week, and adjust them as they go throughout the year. Read more

30
Oct

Estate Planning

Where there’s a Will, there’s an Estate Plan.  Well, there should be

Let’s face it: no-one likes to think of death, especially their own. It’s not exactly a great conversation starter, is it? This might explain why so many people end up “dying Intestate” which means they die without a will and, as a consequence, have their assets distributed according to State law.

Sadly, the way State law distributes a deceased person’s assets among family members can often be a lot different to the way a deceased person wanted their assets distributed

It can create a lot of unnecessary stress and conflict within a family. Read more