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Get Your ESOP to the Finish Line in 5 Steps

So, you’ve been giving a lot of thought to your business succession plan, and you’ve put many hours and sometimes sleepless nights into the research process. There are a lot of options to consider, and you’re starting to formulate a strategy that feels right to you.

It takes a long time to wade through the various scenarios that might be best suited to your personal business situation.  Unfortunately, retirement planning takes just that—a ton of planning!  But you’re off to a great start—you know that an ESOP is a right fit for you.

ESOPs provide a wonderful way for a CEO to transition from a very active role to a more passive one.  Employees opting into an ESOP gain a real feeling of ownership, pride, and teamwork.  It’s a win-win situation for all involved.

Seeing the benefits to all parties involved was easy for you.  But trying to actually implement ESOPs into your business?  Not so much.

It’s easy to become overwhelmed by what appears to be an insurmountable task.  The sheer amount of logistical paperwork seems like a nightmare!  But like anything worth tackling, it becomes less intimidating when broken down into simple, manageable steps.

In this article, you will discover five straightforward steps to take your ESOP from just a concept to a reality.

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Myths about ESOPS

Business succession planning is a hot topic amongst enterprise owners today. You spent a lifetime building a company and took great care to make it the success that it is. You want to take the same amount of care in planning its transition from you at the helm to your chosen successor/s taking full control.

You’ve done your homework—you know what options are available to you.  You know you don’t want to sell the business, and you also don’t want to close it.

And you’ve taken care to choose someone you really feel just “gets” your business and can take it into the future.

One of the options you’re strongly considering is an Employee Stock Ownership Plan or ESOP.  But… you’re not entirely certain how it works or even if it’s the right plan for you.

You have a lot of questions.  Will this type of plan be attractive to my employees?  Will I have to give up too much control too soon?  Would it be fiscally wiser for me to consider an outright sale to a third party?  How much of my company’s confidential financial records do I have to expose to shareholders?

These are good questions.  A wise company owner considers every angle before making such an important decision.

Check out our blog at to discover the five most common misconceptions about ESOPs.