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When should I start succession planning?

Louisiana business owners must look to the future, especially when it comes to their retirement. For instance, putting off succession planning to a later date could negatively impact the future of the business you worked so hard to create. That’s why NextAvenue.com recommends beginning the following process as soon as possible to ensure your business remains in good hands even after you retire.

Think about potential successors

Successors can be someone in your industry or they can be a family member. In either event, you must choose a person who will be able to cope with the many tasks associated with being an owner, while also having a unique vision for your enterprise. This can be quite challenging, especially if you're surrounded by worthy candidates. That's why some business owners seek advice from others, such as their management team, when in search of a successor. 

Once your successor has been chosen, the next step is to develop a solid training strategy. The person you choose will need to be fully aware of the most vital functions of leading your company, which typically requires a lot of detail. Immersive training works best in this case, as it will provide a comprehensive understanding of day-to-day operations instead of simply providing information to your selection. 

Create a transition timeline

A firm timetable ensures that everyone will be ready for the transition when the time comes, which is important for a few reasons. First, you don’t want the rest of your business to be confused when it comes to leadership roles. Also, your successor must be completely ready for the transition, and a timetable provides a date when that must happen. In this sense, a timeline offers motivation to a successor to gain an understanding quickly.

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