Top 10 Financial Mistakes made by Small Business Owners

Top 10 Financial Mistakes made by Small Business Owners

September 01, 2021

Tax Planning

  1. Having a banner income year is great, but it is vital to engage in tax planning before year-end. Many taxpayers do not receive proper tax planning guidance and waiting until you prepare to file your taxes the following year is usually too late to reduce your tax liability.
  2. Not taking full advantage of the special tax deduction rules for vehicles.
  3. Not taking advantage of the many tax benefits afforded to small business owners, especially if they have multiple sources of income or even a working spouse.
  4. Not having the correct type of entity for your business. The correct ownership structure can reduce your annual tax liabilities significantly. You do not have to suffer the lost ability to deduct more than $10k in State and Local taxes.

Financial Planning

  1. Not defining your career, financial and personal goals. You may feel rudderless without a plan.
  2. Lacking a coordinated wealth management team to address all aspects of your financial future.
  3. Not properly planning in advance of major life events, the good and the bad.


Investment Planning

  1. Having too much exposure to a single market. For example, real estate professionals rarely consider that if their earned income and their investments are tied to the individual’s local real estate market, any downward move may be exponentially more painful.
  2. Not designing a retirement portfolio to withstand an economic downturn.
  3. Not fully understanding the risks associated with their investments.


If your advisor isn’t addressing these topics with you… it may be a good time to start speaking with a different advisor. 

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