Taking Fate into your Own Hands

Business owners are used to having control. But some things are uncontrollable, and without a plan, those uncontrollable things can create negative consequences that reverberate.   

Consider the story of a fictional but representative business owner who learned why planning before he thought he was ready was so important.  

A Stroke of Luck  

Jerry Glasner’s employees fidgeted uncomfortably. His words about the company’s award-winning performance, which he had been delivering with his trademark booming confidence, began to slip from his mouth like an undercooked egg. Jerry saw the befuddled looks and was confused. The last thing he remembered was his wife cradling his head and his daughter pleading for a doctor as he lay on the floor of the banquet hall that his company had rented for such a joyous announcement of his company’s success.  

He awoke in the hospital. He had suffered a stroke. His prognosis was good, but his doctors said he would require speech therapy.  

Jerry’s health scare made him realize how many people both relied on and cared about him. Though he would have never wished for such a terrifying experience to learn a lesson again, he did consider himself lucky. He was not only alive but also motivated to protect the family and employees he’d supported for the last 30 years.  

With help from his Advisory Team, he created a set of contingency plans.   

These plans gave his family financial guidance and access to the wealth he had built outside his business if he were to die suddenly.   

The plans identified a line of successors that would allow his business to continue to operate in his absence, while providing for his family and employees.  

Additionally, a portion of company profits were set aside to install wellness programs for his company’s employees to help prevent similar health scares in the future.  

Starting Before You’re Ready   

To implement these plans, Jerry needed to adjust how his business operated. He discovered that while he loved being the engine that drove the business, he wasn’t comfortable with the idea that an unexpected health problem could quickly cause the wheels to fall off of everything he had built.  

Many business owners find themselves in a similar situation as Jerry. You do so much and work so hard. But when all success radiates from one source, removing that source can mean removing any chance of success.  

Fortunately, there are ways to plan for the unexpected. Between business continuity planning, estate planning, and planning for a successful future, business owners have options.  

However, the best time to begin such planning is before you think you’re ready.   

For example, while it was good that Jerry took steps to plan following his stroke, he missed out on a chance to take fuller advantage of life insurance policies due to his now-evident health issues.  

The good news is that as long as you’re running your business, it’s never too late to plan for a successful future.  

We strive to help business owners identify and prioritize their objectives with respect to their businesses, their employees, and their families. If you have questions on this topic, we can help with more information or a referral to another experienced professional. Please feel free to contact us at your convenience.  

Imagine a world where your financial advisor, attorney, accountant, insurance specialist, and property/casualty advisor all worked together, like a board of directors on your behalf. This is the type of Collaborative Advisory Team approach we take in our practice. For many driven entrepreneurs, executives, and high-net-worth individuals, a Collaborative Advisory Team of professionals is the most effective and efficient way to achieve your optimal financial world. At Moneta, we’re reinventing the way you experience wealth management.

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