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The Truth About Financial Planning

Why do you work? Why did you start your business? Crucially, what do you want out of life? Your business or job may be your joy and passion, but what else do you want to do besides work? Perhaps you want to pursue other interests, take that month-long holiday every summer, or simply be able

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Financial Planning: ‘Walking the Walk’

At Smart Financial, you may already be aware that our philosophy is ‘investing money is purely for the fulfillment of goals’. Hopefully, you will also be aware that this isn’t just a catchy phrase – we not only mean it, we live by it. Allow us to let Smart Financial CEO Steve Martin to demonstrate how

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Gain Freedom From Worry in Retirement

As a hard-working professional, the idea of not working can seem like a huge gamble and retirement is an exciting but worrying concept for many in your position. How will you know that you’ve done enough? Will your money run out? Will you be able to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle? The key to preparing for

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How to Increase the Value of Your Business

Ask yourself, “What is the value of my business?” If you know what that number is, congratulations! You’ve already done a lot of homework and preparation should you ever decide to sell. If it’s not worth as much as you think it should be, you can increase its value before you sell so that you’ll

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How to Achieve Financial Freedom

Think back to those first early, heady days when you were just starting your business. You didn’t just start it on a whim, did you? Instead, you planned ahead, put solid strategies in place and ultimately developed the business plan that’s taken you to where you are today. At Smart Financial, we believe that money

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How Much is My Business Worth?

Your business is your life’s blood but there will likely come a time when you’ll want to sell so that you can relax and enjoy life, or move on to another pursuit. To do that, you need to establish a good business exit strategy. An important part of that business exit strategy will be to

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How to Gain Control of Your Business

Why did you set up your own business? Did you want more control of your business and your life? Did you think you would have more time – not less – to relax and enjoy the rewards of your hard work? If you’ve found that you’re working harder and longer with little time to yourself,

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Is Your Business Prepared for the Worst?

No one wants to think about the worst, but the unfortunate and unexpected occurs all the time, and in the world of business, it is always better to be safe than sorry. You can’t plan for every calamity out there (and how could you?) but you can give your business and your loved ones some

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Why Time Out From Your Business Isn’t Counter-Productive

For many business owners, their business isn’t just a business – it’s their life. Starting a business requires enormous dedication and perseverance, so it’s no surprise that you may be hesitant to be less-involved after investing so much time, money, and energy to its success. The truth is, taking time away from the day-to-day needs

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The New Rules for Retirement Financial Planning

The old approach to retirement looked at your working life and your retirement as two mutually exclusive things; one busy and active, the other a retreat into passivity. As people now live longer, have improved health and different ambitions for the entirety of their lives, we’re seeing a new world of planning for retirement, with

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