Business Owners Newsletter

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Controlling the Uncontrollable Parts of Ownership

A common tragedy for business owners is facing a life-changing event, such as a sudden death or illness that devastates the business, without a plan. While these events may seem uncontrollable in the moment, the good news is that with foresight and planning, you can regain control over what seems uncontrollable. 

Let’s look at a short fictional but representative account to see the different consequences between proactive vs. reactive planning. 

How to Be Confident Amid Change

One of the biggest changes your business will inevitably experience is a transfer of responsibilities. 

Transferring important responsibilities to someone else can be exciting and nerve-wracking. Whether you’re transferring ownership to a family member, or departmental responsibilities to a long-time employee or next-level manager, you may want release valves for if things don’t go as planned.  

Fortunately, there are ways to hedge against risks while still pursuing these goals. 

How to Clarify Your Brilliant Processes

Many successful business owners are successful because they think about things differently than most people. Others may recognize your personal brilliance and say to themselves, “I wish I could understand how she does it.” 

This “secret sauce” can be a great differentiator. However, when it comes to planning for your successful future, it may also be a roadblock. 

Today, we’ll examine a few strategies that can help you leverage the methods that contribute to your unique success into a planning process that lets you pursue your goals on your terms. 

Dealing With Outside Expectations of Your Wealth

As a successful business owner, the people closest to you likely rely heavily on you. They may also have expectations regarding your wealth. Your plans for how you’ll disperse your wealth, and the expectations others may have, can have major effects on your future.

Let’s look at a story of how one business owner’s plan to use the wealth he had grown through his business was contrary to the expectations of those close to him.

How to Identify Internal Next-Level Managers

Next-level managers are an integral part of planning for a successful future. They can come from inside or outside of the company, and you often have a choice about where you find them.

Many business owners want to install next-level managers from within the business. But how do you know if internal managers are up to the challenge? Here are a few strategies to consider, along with the consequences they can produce.

How to Address Burnout

In our last newsletter, we broached the topic of burnout for business owners: 

In many respects, burnout is just a new term for mid-life crisis. But in some ways, it’s on a much bigger scale. Whereas you might buy a Corvette to quench a mid-life crisis, burnout can sap your energy to the point where nothing can motivate you. This, in turn, can have negative effects on business performance. 

When you grow a successful business, you may feel the effects of burnout. Even worse, you may feel them before you’re in a position to retire on your terms. Worse still, by the time you’re in the throes of burnout, you may not have the energy to address it! 

Today, we’ll present a process for addressing burnout within the context of planning for a successful future before it hits you. 

Why You Shouldn’t Do Everything

When you started your business, you might have done a lot of the heavy lifting alone. It’s something to be proud of. 

As businesses grow, they tend to become more complex. Many business owners one day realize that, try as they might, they simply cannot do everything all by themselves. Yet, there’s also a fire that might try to tell you, “I’ve done everything before, I can do everything again.” 

Today, we’ll present some of the benefits of letting others help you compared to some of the pitfalls of trying to do everything yourself. 

What Do You Want?

Business owners often know what they want from their businesses: growth, profitability, sustained success. And for many of those same owners, the business is a means to an end, not the end itself.  

But what is the “end”? You can likely answer “why” you started your business—you’re independent, you crave a challenge, it’s in your blood. 

When asked, many business owners struggle to answer the question, “What do you want from all this work?”  

Often, the answer to this important, guiding question comes out in planning for a successful future, like it did for one fictional but representative business owner. 

Building Value Outside the Business

Many business owners find the bulk of their wealth within their businesses. However, planning for a successful future often means wrangling financials outside the business too. This is especially important when markets may not be as favorable to small and mid-sized businesses as they have been in the past. Here are three things to consider to help you build value outside of your business.

Is This Plan Right for You?

A question business owners often ask about planning for a successful future is, “How do I know the plan my advisors are building is right for me?” It’s a good question, and one that we want to help answer for you today by explaining the process of planning for a successful future. 

Why Specific Goals Should Also Be Fuzzy

A longstanding credo for successful business planning is make specific goals. However, there is such a thing as being overly specific in your goals to the detriment of other things that matter to you. Let’s look at how adding fuzziness to specific goals can make your business planning strategies more fulfilling.


Keeping the Family Business Running and the Business Family Happy

Running a successful business is complex per se. Adding the element of “family” to a business often creates more complexities, especially as the business grows. Lifelong family bonds and expectations can run headlong into business realities and needs. Today, we’ll share some ideas about how to keep the family business running and the business family happy.


The Common Element Among Unique and Successful Businesses

Successful business owners may face a conundrum as they pursue success. “Though my competitors do something similar, they don’t do it the way I do it. So, how do I know the right way to achieve success, especially if I don’t do things their way?”


The Virtuous Circle of Improving Cash Flow

If cash is king, then cash flow is the kingmaker.

Cash flow can have a multiplier effect in terms of achieving your planning goals for a successful future. Often, increasing cash flow requires strong performances from key employees. Let’s look at how properly motivating your key employees could cause a cascading effect that creates a virtuous circle of increasing cash flow.