Choosing the person to take over your business after your exit isn't about selecting someone who's exactly like you or even selecting someone you like. The most important thing is that you choose someone who's not only well-qualified for the role but also has the vision and skills to lead your company into the future. With so much riding on your decision, you should be careful to avoid these three common mistakes business owners often make when naming successors.
As business owners, you've likely presented with legal documents that contained terms you didn't fully understand. You may have even signed documents that you didn't completely read because you were intimidated by the confusing legalese. Unfortunately, such scenarios are far too common, but it doesn't have to be. Rather than creating confusion and anxiety, the agreement process should be your opportunity to create clarity on your relationships, policies, and delivery of your product or services.
Starting your own business can be exciting and scary at the same time. You are bound to make numerous mistakes along the way, yet you'll often discover that some of your biggest mistakes will later become your greatest strengths. Most of the lessons we learn and the knowledge we gain are learned the hard way. But if you can learn the lessons before making the mistakes, you can gain the advantage that much earlier and free yourself from the struggle of getting it wrong.