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The Four Stages of Business Growth

As businesses grow, they go through several distinct stages – from startup through maturity. There are several different models used to describe these states. One of the most popular systems, originally published in the Harvard Business Review, divides businesses into five stages. As detailed in a more user-friendly manner here, these phases are: (1) Existence, (2) Survival, (3) Success, (4) Take-Off, and (5) Maturity.

However,  this five-stage model does little to guide the business owner in setting personal goals. The Harvard model is of little value when trying to answer even simple questions like “when do I get to take a vacation?” or “when can I retire?” That’s why we developed our own four-stage model that we use to guide our business owner clients in managing business growth. This article will describe the four stages of the “PrivateCounsel Business Growth Model.”

The Truth About Personal Risk Management Part 2: Using Trusts in Estate Planning

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The Truth About Personal Risk Management, Part 1: Insurance

Personal risk management is being aware of the risks in your home and in your life, and then plannin[more]

Budgeting, Part 3: Instilling Money Values in Children and Grandchildren

Money values can be a guiding light that is a component of your legacy. If communicated frequently a[more]

Strategies for Those Awkward Financial Discussions

There may be people close to you (spouse, parents, children) who are practicing financial behaviors [more]

Budgeting, Part 2: A Fulfilling Method for Setting Spending Priorities

Setting spending priorities will allow you to process your income in a rational way, while giving yo[more]

Budgeting, Part 1: Budgeting as a Friend and not a Foe

Budgets do control spending behavior. However, budgets also allocate resources to the areas of highe[more]

How to Make a Family Meeting a Successful Part of the Estate Planning Process

You’ve made the hard decisions, your documents are signed, your trust is funded, a business succes[more]

How to Choose a Trustee

When you establish a trust, you name someone to be the trustee. A trustee basically does what you do[more]

Organize Information for Your Family

Think for a few moments about what would happen if you suddenly became incapacitated or died. Would [more]

Why Does a Living Trust Cost More than a Will?

It will probably cost more initially to set up a well-drafted living trust than to have a will prepa[more]

Providing for Your Parents in Your Estate Plan

If you are part of the baby boomer generation (born between 1946 and 1964), you may also find that y[more]

Who Should Be Your Successor Trustee?

If you have a revocable living trust, you probably named yourself as trustee so you can continue to [more]