Financial planning considerations
when you own a business.
If you’re like many business owners, your personal and In today’s complex, competitive work environment, every
business financial needs, concerns, successes and employee matters. To attract and retain top workers,
challenges are intertwined. For example: consider these financial planning ideas:
> Cash flow in your business probably impacts your > Customized or enhanced benefits for business owners
personal cash flow. and executives — Since key employees are vital to
> Investment management may involve balancing your business and their overall compensation package
personal and business assets within your portfolio. can be an important motivator to reach goals and stay
with your company. You may want to provide additional
> Tax discussions with your accountant likely include insurance or retirement benefits as incentives for this
both your personal and business taxes. valuable pool of talent.
> And, your financial dreams and goals may be more > Workplace financial planning and education — According
complex than those of individuals who don’t own to one recent study, nearly nine in 10 (89%) employees
businesses. believe a financial plan that directly addressed their
workplace benefit costs and contingent financial
As a result, a comprehensive financial planning approach
decisions would be helpful.1 Giving employees
— one that factors in both business and personal needs
access to financial planning can help them plan
— is even more important for you. Having a financial
for their financial future, increase confidence about
plan can help ensure that the money decisions you make
financial decisions and reduce stress over financial
for your business also have the desired impact on the
concerns. In addition, education specific to your
personal side of your life.
benefits could boost understanding of and participation
As a business owner, your business may be your most in benefit programs.
important financial asset; it is likely a primary source of > Group benefit packages — Providing benefits such as
income and you may have a significant amount of your life and health insurance for employees may improve
assets and liabilities tied up in it. Financial planning can morale and retention.
help you identify ways to use your business to reach your
> Employee retirement programs — You can help your
personal goals and enable you to protect yourself, your
employees build financial security and confidence in their
family and your business regardless of what the future
futures through a company retirement plan. Additionally,
brings. An integrated financial plan should cover employee
your business may enjoy attractive tax benefits and will
attraction and retention, business protection, business
set itself apart in a competitive labor market.
valuation and business succession planning.
Employee attraction and retention
When your business represents a significant portion of
Your workforce is vital to the current and future success your net worth, unexpected events such as a disability or
of your business. Key employees may directly impact disaster can have a significant impact on your personal
sales or production. Replacing their experience, and business finances. It’s also important to protect your
relationships or specialized skills could be a lengthy business against financial losses that could result from
and costly process. Additionally, the financial well-being the departure, illness, injury or death of a partner or key
of all employees contributes to their motivation, employees, as well as other hazards.
productivity and commitment.