One of the unique features associated with being a professional is that much of the value of your vocation comes from you. Your specific abilities, your clients and your ability to work are quite valuable in generating a significant annual cash flow for your efforts. Cash flow each year may be very high but the cost of expenditures for staff, office space, and lifestyle often are in direct competition with the need to accumulate assets beyond your practice.
The Unique Financial Challenge of Professionals
Accumulating equity value in your practice can also be challenging since you are the primary asset, making it difficult to sell the business for a reasonable price when you are ready to retire or reduce your work schedule. When combined, these factors can create significant obstacles as you strive to accumulate personal financial wealth.
Fortunately, there are a plethora of avenues that serve to unite your current status with your long-term financial goals. It’s important during this process to make decisions based on aligning your goals with your current and available resources. In doing so, you can be free to continue doing what you do best – serving your clients and expanding your professional career!
7 Areas of Financial Focus for Professionals
Going through a wealth management process will help you identify alternatives and gain additional knowledge to make the best decisions for yourself and your family. There are several specific areas in which special consideration should be given as you walk your wealth management path:
- Liability and asset protection
- Retirement planning
- Liquidating a practice
- Buy/sell agreements
- Insurance advice
- Educational funding
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