Is there a time to say goodbye? When you go back in time, and think about the business ideas you had at the very beginning of your long journey into the entrepreneurial world, the feeling was, no doubt, one of overriding positivity. Flash forward and things have changed. You may not be making enough to break even or you feel like it's time to move on. Naturally, the thought of selling up is something that crosses everyone's minds, either as a way to flee the sinking ship, or just a method by which to draw a line in the sand. But, if you are seriously considering this, what are the most common reasons entrepreneurs usually give?

They Are Ready For Change

Change is a natural component of any entrepreneur's life. But before selling, you may want to reassess your financial goals. Issues such as the timing of the sale, finding the right buyers, and making sure your business is ready to go is a lot of work. Getting a fundamental understanding of how the private equity industry is doing is one of many different components to get right, and on you can see for yourself. It's not just about the best price, if you are intending to stay linked to the business in some way, other things as important as price, if not more important. Issues like the company culture, the reputation of the business, as well as how the private equity firm you would intend to partner up with is trustworthy are a few quibbles. This is something that many people overlook, because they are looking at the dollar signs, and nothing else.

They Have Other Business Opportunities

There could be a time for you to jump off the entrepreneurial bandwagon, not just because you are looking to develop other business opportunities, but you may be offered a job that you are unable to turn down. Of course, pay is one of the major factors that encourage entrepreneurs to sell up but if you are looking further afield, you may want to start another business that is more lucrative than your current one. If your current business is treading water in a financial sense, you may struggle to acquire the money for a down payment. A lot of people just sell their current business, but this approach is not just about ensuring that you are better off; the overall impact of your staff is something that could weigh heavily on your conscience. So before taking the plunge, you need to assess, not just the business viability, but how your conscience will be able to cope with letting people down.

The Business Is Unable To Survive

A common issue with small businesses, they don't have the adequate capital in which to survive. Of course, it's one of those Gordian knots everybody struggles with. Once you've become so far entangled with your business, it can feel incredibly difficult to escape, either because of emotional investment, or because you've plowed so much of your own personal finances into the company. Smaller companies are very risky, and are prone to liquidation if there isn't adequate capital. If you are not able to realize the full potential of what your business is capable of, then if you are not able to get a cash injection, even after bootstrapping, and belt tightening in every area, if you are given the opportunity to sell up, this is a very enticing option. On the other hand, if the value of your business is already high, you could take advantage of this, and get out while you can.

It Was Part Of Their Exit Strategy All Along

Sometimes, the overriding plan was to get involved with a thriving business, so it can be sold later on. You may have spent time building this business with your own two hands, but if your plan at the outset was purely money-driven, then this is the perfect opportunity to sell up. You may have a unique idea for a business, which can either prove to be lucrative, or, purely from the perspective of it being a prototype for future organizations; you could use this originality to your advantage.

They Are Exhausted

It could be as simple as this. You may feel exhausted because you've given so much over time that you feel you are physically and mentally exhausted, especially when it comes to the idea of risk. That sense of balancing on a precipice can wear you down after a while. There's an interesting article on discussing how much risk is too much, although sometimes the issues are closer to home. Sometimes we can feel like we're banging our head against a brick wall, going over the same issues again and again, in spite of the new processes we implement, or it's something as simple as needing more time for your family. Your personal life is one of those aspects that are either brushed under the carpet, or it's something that you can feel guiltier about as time goes on. A lot of people feel that, as soon as the business becomes self-sufficient, it's easier to back away. In actual fact, it's at this point where you become more enveloped in every process, and it becomes an emotional investment, not just a financial one. But if it gets to the point where you feel that you are ready to hang up your boots, either because you've acquired financial stability or you just don't feel that interested in the company anymore, then you know, in your heart of hearts, it's time. Selling up can stir up various emotions. We can feel so tied to our business but we are not going to give it up without a fight, there are so many reasons to sell up nowadays. The ever-changing industries, as well as the precarious issues of the stock market, as has been evidenced in many big names being forced to close their doors, shows that no one is safe. So at what point should you sell your business? Think about what is right.

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