Protecting Your Business’s Biggest Asset: You
Provided by Geal Talbert, CFP®, CEPA®, and Brandon Park, CFP®, CEPA®
There are many considerations for owners during times of uncertainty – safeguarding employees, limiting operational disruptions, and protecting the assets of their companies. Oftentimes, the biggest “asset” of a business is the owner.
To navigate the COVID-19 crisis and prepare for future disruptions, owners should have a financial plan in place that addresses potential business and personal challenges and can weather continued volatile periods.
Reassess your business assets
Step 1: Review your most recent company income statement to assess your short-term liquidity needs. Work with your business manager to identify fixed expenses, such as payroll and rent, versus variable expenses, such as marketing and future capital investments. Bring in your leadership team to review your company’s growth plan and decide which items are essential.
Step 2: Review the agreements and policies held for your business. It is critical to gather together your Buy Sell Agreement, Disability Insurance, and Property and Casualty Insurances. Make sure you are referencing the current updated value of the business. Review your polies and evaluate if your agreements still meet your needs should something happen to you or your business partners.
Reassess your personal assets
Step 1: Review expenses to ensure you have enough liquidity to meet short-term cash flow needs. Identify your family’s fixed expenses and variable expenses. Now is a good time to begin to decide what you consider to be essential and non-essential, which is personal and will differ for every business owner.
Step 2: Reassess your medium-to long-term goals, making adjustments to these goals in your financial plan as necessary. Examples include retirement, education of children and grandchildren, travel, big celebrations, and the purchase of a new or second home.
Step 3: Review what you’ve done to protect your family and address any gaps. Gather insurance policy contracts on your various policies, such as life, disability and property and casualty. Also review executed estate documents, such as your healthcare proxy, power of attorney, will and trusts. Review them with your advisors to ensure that your documents are in line with current objectives.
Geal Talbert, CFP®, CEPA®, CLU® and Brandon Park, CFP®, CIMA®, CEPA® are part of The Business Succession Group at UBS Financial Services Inc., at 733 Bishop Street, Suite 1600, Honolulu, HI 96813. As financial advisors with the Certified Exit Planning Advisor designation, they are committed to helping owners overcome the challenges and understand the planning options they have in turning their life’s work into their legacy.
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