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Too Much Alphabet Soup?

Too Much Alphabet Soup?

by Dan Isard

While too many marketing acronyms can make your head spin, strategic relationships should be your focal point for increasing your firm’s market share. Dear Dan, I recently attended a two-day seminar led by “some of the brightest marketing minds.” Between the registration, travel and paying staff to cover my tasks for my time away, this […]

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Key People Succession

Key People Succession

by Dan Isard

Selling your business to a key person is one option. A look at the preparation involved. Dear Dan, I have three children. Unfortunately, all of them have pursued careers other than funeral service. I tried everything to bring them into the business – they went out on removals when they were teenagers and were exposed […]

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If Dying in Your Funeral Home is on Your Bucket List, Then Don’t Read This

If Dying in Your Funeral Home is on Your Bucket List, Then Don’t Read This

by Jeff Harbeson

We’ve all heard about it, some of us have one, and a movie was made to shed light on how it can be accomplished: A Bucket List. A loose definition of a bucket list is coming to terms with who we are as a person, what we have or have not accomplished in life, and […]

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Retirement Planning and Social Security

Retirement Planning and Social Security

by Dan Isard

Dear Dan, I’m getting old, about to turn 62. I have owned my business for 30 years. I’d like to work until age 66 and sell the business at that time. I have a key person who wants to buy my business. The sale could coincide with my birth month, and I would like to […]

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Cemetery Impossible – Taking over a cemetery just before the sales run out calls for a hard look at the trust fund

Cemetery Impossible – Taking over a cemetery just before the sales run out calls for a hard look at the trust fund

by Dan Isard

Dear Cemetery Impossible, I live in a small town and own the local funeral home. There is one cemetery in town. It is a 40-acre cemetery and down to its last salable acre. The current owners have come to me and asked me to buy it. They are asking for $100,000. That doesn’t seem like […]

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