What Your Succession Plan Needs

Thinking about your options to exit? You’ll know by now we’re big fans of early exit planning. But selling the business isn’t your only option – you could consider passing your business on to family or trusted partners when the time comes to leave. It’s a great idea if you do it right. To help, we’ve got some tips on …

7 Ways Business Owners Can Boost Value Creation

A valuable business is a sellable business, but value creation shouldn’t be left until you’re ready to sell – it should be built into your business plan. Work now on building value into the heart of your business and when it’s time to sell, you’ll get the price you need. We’ve got seven ways that can help. Establish Recurring Revenue“Recurring turnover” …

Have You Got Enough Money?

Got your attention? We thought so – that’s quite a provocative question and the answer is vastly different for everyone. Although we’re big believers in the value of wellbeing and security over building vast personal wealth for its own sake, it’s important to be realistic and ask yourself if you have enough resources to live the lifestyle you want, not …

How to Get the Most Out of Your Financial Planner

Decided to appoint a financial planner? Good decision! A certified financial planner will help you draw out your lifestyle goals, build value in your business and plan your exit in good time, all to help you live the life you really want. We know it’s a commitment of time and money so here’s our advice to get the most out of …

Why You Need to Figure Out Your Retirement Lifestyle Now

What are your retirement plans? Many business owners find that a daunting question. Maybe you’re at the beginning of your business journey and haven’t considered it, or you’ve been in business so long that you can’t imagine retiring. Either way, we think business owners should always be looking ahead to their post-work life with enthusiasm. What Does Your Retirement Look …

What Is Business Exit Planning?

In the exciting early days of starting your business, many business owners never truly think about leaving it. You may think that you’ll just cross the bridge when you get there, but the truth is that business exit planning helps put you in control of your business and consequently, your personal life. Being in control is much easier when you write …

How to Enjoy Your Money

Sometimes success is harder to accept than failure. For many successful business owners, their careful and pragmatic approach to running a profitable company is the very trait that prevents them from truly enjoying the fruits of their labour. There is no shame in working hard, and the same applies to getting the most from your success. The key to enjoying …

Can I Afford to Travel When I Retire?

Retirement can be an exciting but daunting prospect for many business owners. The fear that your retirement won’t be enough to fund your dreams is a valid one but you can confront it. You didn’t create a business with sheer luck, and you won’t retire with sheer luck, either. Having a long and well-deserved retirement requires diligent planning with your goals …

What You Must Know About Risk Before Making a Financial Plan

Understanding financial risk can be a complex subject mostly because everyone seems to have a different definition. Traditionally risk has been defined by a dry and mathematical term called volatility. Volatility being a measure of the dispersion of returns for an investment. Essentially, the amount of uncertainty we have about how the value of an asset may change. Defining Risk …

A Quick Guide to Business Continuity Planning

Each month, we put your most pressing financial planning questions to our CEO Steve Martin and COO Dr Mark Todman, in our Ask Smart Financial blog series. If you’d like expert advice from Steve or Mark simply tweet us using #AskSmartFinancial, email us or even add your question as a comment below and we’ll blog the answer in a future …