How Small Business Owners can Start Preparing for Retirement

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While small businesses put all their young time and money into their work, they often forget to think about themselves- how to prepare for retirement. Being an entrepreneur, you cannot be filled with uncertainty about that part of your life. While retirement may be ages from now, but the process of transitioning from the working life to the retirement life takes a lot financial planning and careful decision making. There are few steps you could follow for a secure retirement:

  • Set a goal – You need to decide whether live a simple life gardening and painting or want to travel the world. You need to identify the components of your retired life.
  • Develop a succession plan – Do you want to handover your business to a co-worker or a family member? You have to sit down with your lawyer and decide the person who will be the best pick to head your company after you leave. Then, meet with the family member or employee you have in mind to take over the business and ensure they’re the best person for the position.
  • Build a support team – While you may be well informed about the ins and outs of the market, you may not be completely aware about the best savings plan for retirement that you should endorse. So it is crucial to get yourself a team of professionals- lawyer, financial planner, accountant, etc. who will walk you through the various pans, list the advantages and disadvantages, and thus help you identify the most viable plan available as per your needs and requirements. Forming a network of support resources is beneficial for anyone who hopes to sell their business as part of their retirement strategy.
  • Make your business independent – Shape your business in such a manner, which is valuable even without you. Consistently recruit and retain top talent and treat your employees well with good retirement options and benefits of their own. Organizational structure is a very important aspect that drives culture. There should be proper hierarchy, under a marketing leader. Every employee should be assigned a particular position, and given specific tasks, such that he/she does not mingle in other areas of work and the environment is confusion free.
  • Review your will and insurance needs
    Health and life insurance needs change as you grow old. Make sure you have enough insurance to meet any long-term health issues or emergency health problems.


Anum Yoon is the founder and editor of Current on Currency. She loves all things personal finance, which is why you'll find her work all over the PF blogosphere.