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Does Selling Your Company Seem Like a Good Call?

If selling your small business makes sense, are you willing to put the time and effort into making a sale go?

Selling a small business does not have to be like pulling teeth. That is if you do all the steps needed to make it a seamless transaction.

So, is selling in your near future?

Be Smart and Do Your Homework

When deciding now is the time to in fact sell your small business, here are a few pointers to help you out along the way:

  1. Be prepared for what is to come – It goes without saying that selling will involve paperwork and more. That said be sure you have all your ducks in a row. Missed or incorrect paperwork can slow down a sale. In some instances, it could thwart the sale altogether. By taking the time to do due diligence, there is less of a chance you will find yourself in a bad position. There are people out there who can help you get all the paperwork in order. There are those who’ve got the experience to direct you towards potential buyers too. Be prepared and work with the appropriate pros to make selling as easy and quick as possible.
  2. Have a plan for what is next – You also will want to be ready for what comes after the company is no longer in yours. So, any thoughts to what you may want to do next? You may end up trading out companies. You sell the one you have and end up buying another one be it established or a brand new venture. There may also be the possibility of you going to work for someone else. Would you be comfortable no longer calling the shots? That is being under the guidance of another person or persons? Depending on your age and finances, might you consider retiring? By having thought things through, there is less of a chance you will end up in a bad situation financially
  3. Learn from this – Unless you plan on hanging things up, learn from this experience of selling. You can get some good tidbits to come out of it should you go and sell again down the road. See what works and also what may not have worked. This can make the next time you go to sell a little less challenging. Also, make it a point to understand the financial implications. That is of selling and even buying another company should you choose to do the latter. The goal with any sale along with having it go smoothly is to come out ahead financially. So, when you decide to put your company on the market is a big factor in how things can turn out. Be cognizant of what is going on in the particular industry you are in. This would be when it comes to companies selling, consumer buying trends and more. Knowing the trends can tell you when the best time to sell may in fact be.

As you go about deciding if selling is right for you, are you confident it will all work out in the end?

Business/Investment

Saving options for retirement-living the American dream in your silver age

When you are in your twenties or even early thirties, retirement seems a world away. You sometimes have a difficult time planning your next holiday, not what you will do 30-40 years from now. Without proper preparation, your bohemian dreams of sipping cocktails on a tropical beach or seeing the world with your partner could quickly turn into spending time around your back-yard.

The options for retirement plans consist of four choices, which you can sometimes combine to get more consistent savings. The first option is a 401(k) plan which is offered by the employer. This can be supplemented with a Roth 401(k). For additional savings or if you are self-employed, you could opt-in for a traditional IRA, to which you can add a Roth IRA.

Understanding the Roth advantages

This name comes from Senator William Roth Jr. who supported the Taxpayer Relief Act in 1997. By this bill, people can choose to supplement their pension savings with a certain amount, currently up to $5500/ (or $6500 for those over 50 years old) from money that has already been taxed once. This means that once you hit the retirement age, you can get money from your Roth account without paying additional taxes on them in the future.

Roth savings are an excellent option for young people since they have no control over the tax levels in the next decades. The upper cap on the income of $118,000 for singles and $184,000 for married couples also suggests that this option is for those with average earnings, but who can plan. Deductibility of the contributions also depends on the marital status and the filing status of the applicant. AAA Credit Guide offers a detailed description of the Roth IRA including tips and tricks.

401(k) or IRA?

The first myth that needs to be debunked is that this is not a choice, you can have both. The 401(k) plan is offered by your employer and comes with the promise that they will match your contribution to the pension fund up to a certain percentage of your salary, no mere than $17,000/year. Not choosing such a plan is like leaving free money on the table.  These funds are deposited into the retirement account before taxes; you will pay those when you use them.

The IRA (Individual Retirement Agreement) is a plan that you can sign up at any broker and contributions are deductible to lower your taxable income. People who are not in a traditional employment situation can only contribute to this kind of plan.

Putting it all together

If this all seems complicated, you could check out this flowchart to help you make a better decision. The key takeaways are: if your employer offers a traditional 401(k) (pre-tax) be sure to contribute to it and eventually ask about the option to get also a Roth 401(k) (after-tax). In the case of self-employed or those who still want more security, there is always the option of an IRA, either traditional (pre-tax) or Roth, depending on the income levels.