How do you choose a business successor?

13 May, 2020

On Behalf of Mack & Mack Attorneys | business law

South Carolina entrepreneurs put time, sweat and effort into their companies. It is understandable that you want your business to be in good hands when you pass it down. So how do you ensure you have the right business successor for the job?

Today we will look at some tips about business successor selection. A business successor will look different to everyone. But there are some tips that you can rely on to help you choose the best one for you.

Establishing a succession plan

Forbes discusses some successful steps toward establishing a h3 business succession plan. Of course, having a successor is the most important part. The succession plan does not matter without someone to carry it out. Because of this importance, establishing a successor should top your list of priorities.

Family-owned businesses often have a system of succession via family line. For some, the business may go to the eldest child. For others, it may go to whoever wants to run it. But what do you do if you do not have a successor in the family?

Who can run a business outside of family?

Then, you may have to turn to family friends or extended family. You need to make sure that your business successor is someone you can rely on. You should also get along with them well. Why? Because you want your business to go to someone who clicks with you on a personal level. This ensures they have a better chance of seeing your vision. They can continue the company in a way you would approve of.

Regardless of who you pick, make sure to alert the potential successor well in advance. Taking over a business is a huge endeavor. You want to make sure your potential successor knows of the time and effort they will put in and are okay with that.

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