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The Family Business: How to Prepare the Next Generation

No one knows what the future holds. For business owners, it is best to plan ahead to ensure the company’s future success. One way is to guide its next generation of leaders.

Succession planning helps businesses identify who is interested and qualified to assume the reigns. These potential future decision-makers are given the training to competently lead when a high-ranking member leaves, retires or dies.

Leaving a business to the next generation is a great legacy to have. Here are ways owners of family businesses can prepare their successors to take over.


  • Share the Story

A family business is a source of pride. It is a testament to the predecessor’s resilience to overcome challenges and thrive. Sharing the highs and lows of your journey is a way for the younger generation to appreciate their heritage and make an effort to preserve it.


  • Keep a Record of the History

This will make it easier to tell the story as accurately as possible. This reference can also serve as a source of valuable information about the various stages of the business. It can even provide insights into the business’ strengths and weaknesses. The information this contains can likewise help develop plans for the business’ growth.


  • Immerse Them

Experience is still the best teacher. It is a good idea to expose family members to the business. It would be better to assign responsibilities to them so that they can better appreciate the roles they can play to contribute to the business’ success.


  • Keep Them Involved

The involvement of the family is important in succession planning. This sends the message that their voices matter. They must also have a clear understanding of the directions the company is taking every step of the way.


  • Find the Best Fit

Be as objective as possible when looking for the next leader. Skills, experiences, and cultural fit are some of the factors to consider when making this important business decision.

It is great to not have to look far when finding someone to fill in your shoes. However, there are times when no one in the family is interested in or capable of steering the business to future success. If this is the case, consider selling it instead.

Outside of your family, someone might be interested to continue what you have started. Investors looking to buy business Australia may also appreciate the value of your hard work. They may want to increase this value by adding up to the achievements you have obtained during your stay.

If you need expert advice on how to make your business look valuable to potential investors, our team can help. You may reach out to us through any of the following means: phone: 03 9226 9222, fax: 03 9078 6315 or email:

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