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Tips for transferring your family business

Are you planning to pass your family business to the next generation? Check out some tips to ensure a smooth transition.

Did you know family run businesses account for 70% of all businesses in Australia! However, many people don’t know how to successfully hand over their business to the next generation.

How to choose a successor

When choosing a family member as a successor, think about who will be best for the business. It’s an attractive option to set up your children financially but it’s also important to be sure that they have the necessary set of skills and the commitment to take over your business. Also remember to be aware of conflict if others are equally interested in taking over, especially if some non-family members are more qualified for the job.

One strategy to help choose an appropriate successor is to have a panel of non-family members conduct interviews and offer advice on candidates. This will remove bias and show a considered approach towards the future of your business.

Developing a succession plan

A succession or exit plan outlines who will take on your business once you leave. Every business should have a succession plan in place in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Things to consider when developing your plan include:

  • will you transfer both ownership and management of the business?
  • does your successor need training and mentoring before transition?
  • will any family members be actively involved in the business? What will their roles and responsibilities be?
  • how often will you review your plan?

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