May 8, 2015
There will come a time when you will pass your construction company on to the next generation, sell it or simply close it down. If this is something, you are considering in the near future or perhaps several years down the road it is never too early to begin planning for it.
Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance
Planning hurts! Because it involves "thinking" which is, some of the hardest work you will ever do and it is the most profitable in the long run. Just knowing the answers or at least having a strategy for finding answers can mean the difference between comfortable lifestyle and the all too common "Work-Till-You-Die" treadmill that far too many contractors are on.
Start by asking yourself two simple questions:
#1 If your construction company were for sale, would you buy it?
#2 How much would you be willing to pay for it?
They are Dog And Pickup Truck or Salt Of The Earth Contractors and I love them all!
Please understand I love contractors because I have been blessed to grow up with a wonderful family that earned our daily bread as contractors. My Step-Father was one of the greatest men I have ever known was a "Salt Of The Earth Contractor".
I did not really appreciate him until I was married, living on my own. Once I discovered all of the things I took for granted, like food, clothing and shelter my eyes were opened. Thank goodness, he helped us make a smooth transition despite my youthful know-it-all arrogance, which quickly disappeared.
If you are considering passing your Construction Company to your heirs in the near future or perhaps several years down the road, it is never too early to begin planning for it. Here are three steps to get you started:
Step #1 - Your Story
Get a legal size pad of paper or open a word processor on your computer and write your story from the perspective of the future. Describe why you opened your contracting company, when it opened and describe some of the projects, good and bad you worked on. Tell what happened and which ones you had the most fun doing, most likely those are the ones you made the most money doing, and the ones that gave you the most trouble.
Step #2 - Lessons Learned
Write down what you would do different if you could start all over again. Which customers and projects would you avoid and which ones would you pursue? And list reasons why for each type?
Step #3 - Start Over
Remodel your current contracting company to be the one you would start if you could start over again. This may sound strange but it works. Just because you have done the same thing over does not mean you can never change. Change can be good! McDonalds started out to be a way for Ray Kroc to buy land and generate enough money to pay the mortgages and taxes. Now McDonalds has massive land holdings. Many people ended up doing something different from what they started after having discovered new and better paths and you can do it too!
Step #4 - Board Of Advisors
A Board of Advisors is NOT a Board of Directors. These are our Five Key People whom you are likely paying for their services, one way or another and not getting your money's worth. They are (1) Your Commercial Banker, (2) Your Construction Accountant, (3) Your Tax Preparer, (4) Your Commercial Attorney and (5) Your Financial Planner. They are less expensive in the long run than you can imagine and even a one person Handyman company can afford them. Learn more here...
Word To The Wise:
An old Maxim I like is "Early To Bed, Early To Rise, Know Your Numbers And Advertise". We have something similar Contractors Success M.A.P. in podcasts and webpages that I trust you will gain value from reading and listening too them. If you have questions or are interested in some guidance, please email Sharie@FastEasyAccounting.com or call her 206-361-3950
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Randal DeHart | Contractors Accountant