For decades, business owners and investors have been taught to follow the 4% rule. By never withdrawing more than 4% of the portfolio value in a given year, they could make their funds stretch far into the future. Sounds great, right? So, what’s the problem? No two people are exactly alike and we all have unique financial needs. Let’s take a closer look at how business owners can avoid the dangers of the 4% rule.
Business owners are some of the hardest working people you’ll ever meet. Sometimes that translates to overworking and not being in total control of all expenses. I want to talk about ways to stop the financial bleeding. You and your business can get on a healthier and wealthier track.
As a business owner, I often think my business is doing great and most, if not all, aspects of it are running beautifully. It reminds me of an old adage my dad used to say, “Son, you never tell a woman that the baby is ugly or you might get slapped.” However, that’s a problem for business owners looking to succeed. Our “baby” is ugly as it can be and we don’t see it. Mismanagement in business will be clearly visible and eventually, we find out our business isn’t as attractive to potential buyers as we thought it was. So, here are four strategic questions to ask yourself when contemplating a potential exit plan. Even if you’re 10-15 years out, you need to know, NOW, if you are hurting your business’ long-term value. Read more