4 Ways A Small Business Can Benefit From a Financial Advisor
By Joe Globensky, RFC®
As a financial advisor and small business owner, I know firsthand how my knowledge and experience has helped our company. But if you have your own small business, you might not realize the value a financial advisor can bring to your business. Let’s talk about a few ways a small business can benefit from a financial advisor.
Benefit #1: Help With Budgeting
Budgeting is not just for the family household. As a business, managing your revenues and expenses takes great care. Keeping track of the normal ebbs and flows, planning for unexpected events and forecasting what your future business might look like are some key areas of focus.
A financial advisor can provide education on the budgeting process. Help you put an initial budget in place. Help you track how well the budget is working. Suggest tweaks along the way. They can be a valuable part of your business planning team, working with your accountant and attorney, to help plan for the long-term viability of your business.
Benefit #2: Key Employee Retention
Great employees are hard to find in a normal job market. A job market where unemployment is at all-time lows makes it virtually impossible. So it’s important to keep your key employees happy and loyal to your company. And many times, it’s more than just their salary that holds their loyalty. Employee retention is an area a small business can benefit from a financial advisor.
A financial advisor can offer suggestions on compensation, but also on things like employee benefit plans, insurance plans covering key employees, and deferred compensation with longevity triggers. In addition, there are other benefits like flex time, paid time off, and remote employment that can help your business keep employee turnover to a minimum. And, financial advisors working with small business clients have a network they can access for ideas that can help other small businesses in the area.
Benefit #3: Retirement Planning for You and Your Employees
Maybe you view your small business as your retirement plan. Or maybe you just haven’t had the time to plan for your retirement while building your business. You are not alone. Many small business owners have no retirement plan for themselves, let alone their employees. A financial advisor can help.
Planning for your retirement is vital. But, it’s important to your employees as well. One way to demonstrate that importance is by establishing a retirement plan for your employees. But which one? A financial advisor can work with you to develop a plan that meets your goals and objectives as the business owner. One that helps your employees plan for their retirement. And, one that keeps your costs in check, so your business can continue to flourish.
Benefit #4: Business Succession
As a small business owner, you may not want your business to end with you. I know I don’t. It’s important to plan for the continued success of your business after you’re gone. This may be a transition to a younger generation in the family. Or, a transfer of ownership to the key employees or management in your company. Whatever your plan is, it’s important to have it in place to guard against unforeseen events that could derail your business.
A financial advisor can help you develop a plan, possibly over many years, to ensure your business continues to thrive. This may include picking your likely successor(s) and preparing them to take over the business one day. It may mean creating a buy/sell agreement with your attorney. Or a business valuation with your accountant. A financial advisor can be your point person to bring together all the parties necessary to meet the goals you have for the continued operation of your business, on your terms.
If you would like to discuss your small business needs with one of our financial advisors, we offer a free, no obligation, introductory consultation to learn about you, your business, and the plans you have in mind. To schedule an appointment, contact our office at (217) 605-8130. You can also send me an e-mail and we can find a time that is convenient for you. We look forward to discussing how our small business can bring value to yours.
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