If you’ve never stopped to consider the big-picture future of your business, take a moment to do so now. Maybe you’ve been focusing so much on simply surviving, or on growing your business, that it hasn’t occurred to you to determine how you’ll leave your business, should you decide to down the road.
Maturity and Exit
Someone once told me that a true sign of a successful entrepreneur is the ability to know when it’s time to throw in the towel and move on. One failed business doesn’t define an entrepreneur. And the end of one venture means the start of something new. Closing a business doesn’t just mean selling your assets and calling it a day. You’ve got to go through the right steps to ensure your business is legally closed and you’re primed for what’s next. Otherwise, you’ll still be responsible for filing annual reports, filing state/federal tax returns, and keeping up any business licenses.
Most small businesses are never going to grow as big as Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, and fortunately most businesses will never face such grave and shocking accusations of misconduct as Rupert Murdoch’s company now faces. But no matter what size your company, it’s never too early to start thinking about your firm’s succession plans. Succession planning is a way of ensuring that your company has a bright future even after you’re gone. Ready to start a business and build your own business empire? Talk to CorpNet for a free business consultation on how to incorporate a business. CorpNet’s free tools, advice and guidance can help you choose a business structure, form an LLC, set up an S-Corporation or other corporate entity to protect your assets and attain the corporate tax benefits and financial advantages of doing business as a corporation.
Remember: you won’t be around forever, and when the day comes to end your involvement in the business you’ve started, you really need to have peace of mind that your business will go from strength to strength even in your absence.