Virtually everyone wants to retire someday, including many small business owners.

In fact, some people spend decades working with financial advisors to ensure a smooth retirement.

Unfortunately, people who run their own companies often times find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to retirement planning.

On the one hand, they have to spend a significant portion of the business’ revenue to get the company off the ground and running.

On the other hand, this doesn’t allow for much in the way of personal savings for retirement.

Are You Paying Yourself Enough?

Because of the need for a great deal of funding to get a company up and running, many small business owners forgo paying themselves an appropriate salary. Instead, they pour a lot of what should be theirs back into the business.

Sadly, this strategy may make a business successful over time, but by the time you’re ready to retire, there’s nothing left for you.

You may have spent your entire life building a great company, but other than reputation, what do you have to show for your efforts?

Use a Retirement Calculator to Save

According to the article, “Retirement Calculator Advice for Self Employed with Irregular Income,” using a retirement calculator is one way to save the right amount for retirement while still funding your business properly.

Many retirement calculators allow users to not only input the financial goals of their retirement, but also their current expenses.

These calculators then display what an individual can expect to get out of retirement based on varying factors.

Partner with a Professional If Possible

Another important step you can take in ensuring a comfortable retirement is to partner with a financial professional.

Through this relationship, you can learn about strategies that will allow your business to remain funded while providing you with the ability to live and save.

In some cases, you may be able to work out a retirement plan with your company to receive a pension, stock options, or other future-dated payments after you retire.

Your financial professional will be able to walk you through the options that are right for you.

Although there are plenty of other ways to go about planning and saving for retirement as a small business owner, the key is to get started now.

The longer you put things off, the harder it’s going to be to get ahead.

If you’re like most small business owners, you probably wear a lot of hats, but for now, delegate responsibilities and take the time to strategize about your personal financial future.

About the Author: Andrew Rusnak is an author who writes on topics that include small business development and retirement strategies.