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Small-Business Owners’ Biggest Retirement Mistake Revealed

Planning is critical when you’re a small-business owner planning for future retirement. The key is to start strategically planning early on in the game, and then executing the program as foolproof as possible. Many financial experts call these “business secession” plans, and part of them include buy-in options from other stakeholders in the market. With only 30% of mom and pop businesses making it to the second generation, planning for retirement while still keeping your business afoot will take a lot of patience and diligence.

Key Takeaways:

  • Due to the statistics stacked against them, strategic planning and organization ahead of time are vital when it comes to small businesses setting up for retirement.
  • Did you know that 78% of small businesses don’t have a formal professional transition team? These could save both time and expenses over time.
  • Most business owners find themselves being spread too thin among too many different projects, which is why calling in professionals can help.

“The small-business owner often overlooks their most valuable investment for their retirement and their legacy: their business. Most business owners work tirelessly year-after-year to operate, sustain and grow their companies, but they may not be spending nearly as much time examining planning and strategy.”

Read more: Kiplinger

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Terry White

About Terry White

I started my business career after getting my degree in Accounting from the University of New Mexico in 1983. My first job was as a controller for a local title company, and in 1987 I started First Financial Escrow, Inc. Over the years I played a part in several startup companies including First Financial Equities, Inc., First Financial Trust, Inc., First Financial Marketing, Inc. and Asset Ventures, Inc. In 1997 First Financial Escrow, Inc. was able to purchase the escrow accounts from Sunwest Bank and changed its name to Sunwest Escrow. As the market changes, Sunwest has grown and changed along with it. Besides my wife, Sheila, we have three boys, two daughters-in-law, one grandson, another grandson on the way and a future daughter-in-law. Sunwest is my passion, and I enjoy coming to work every day to see what will happen next. I enjoy fly fishing, spending time in Colorado, biking and watching my boys play soccer.