Starting and running a business is no easy task. It takes time, energy, and dedication to making sure that it runs smoothly. So, what happens when the time comes to move on from your business?  To ensure that your hard work does not go to waste, you might consider transferring your business into the hands of a trusted family member to carry on the legacy. Here are three points you should consider when passing your business on to the next generation.

Start the Conversation Early. To ensure a seamless transition, make sure to plan. Discuss the future of the business with your family members and other important people, such as attorneys or accountants. Having a well thought out succession plan, organized finances and a defined legal strategy can minimize the chances of business-related family squabbles.

Be Open to Change. Chances are, your successor will want to implement new ideas when they adopt the family business. Trust the process. Change can be positive and may even prove to be more beneficial for your business.

Respect the Business’ Reputation. If you are the successor of a family business, take the time to reflect and recognize all the hard work that your predecessor has put into making their life’s passion so successful. Consider the years of energy they have spent building a brand and creating trust with loyal customers. Of course, change is a natural process, but be careful not to make too many dramatic changes too soon.

Deciding to pass over control of your company to a new owner is probably one of the most difficult managerial decisions any business owner will ever make. However, with proper planning and communication, it doesn’t have to be a negative experience. Review these three tips, and when the time comes to move on, you will be ready.