5 Legitimate Reasons to Sell Your Business

By May 3, 2018 August 24th, 2023 Small Business Planning

Last Updated on August 24, 2023 by Dave Schoenbeck

Are you thinking about selling your business?  It’s something many business owners consider when times get tough.  It can be very tempting to think about walking away instead of dealing with the many pressures of owning a business.

While there are legitimate reasons to sell your business, in many cases, a business coach could help you work out a better outcome.

Here’s how you can determine whether it’s time to sell.

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When to Consult a Business Coach

Every business experiences low points, and business owners sometimes doubt their company’s future.  These instances aren’t necessarily cause for alarm: a business coach can help you turn the following situations around.

  • The business model changed negatively and unexpectedly and appeared permanent.  You’re experiencing lower sales and profits and can’t justify your costs.  A business coach can look at your business model and identify factors you can try changing before you sell.
  • You are tired, exhausted, burnt out, and need a lifestyle change.  You might want to retire or have much more personal time.  A business coach could help you manage your time better so you don’t feel as stressed.
  • The performance of your business needs to improve.  Many companies hit a plateau at one point or another, but a coach can help you breathe new life into what you do.
  • The business needs a significant capital injection, and you don’t have it or aren’t willing to risk the investment.  A business coach can help you determine if this investment is necessary and, if so, can guide you through attracting investors so you don’t have to shoulder the burden alone.

When to Sell Your Business

Sometimes it is better to sell.  Here are 5 reasons why you might seriously consider selling your business.

  1. Your health has deteriorated, and you can no longer run a business.
  2. You have lost your passion for the business.  While it’s not a good idea to jump ship over what might be a temporary low if you no longer care about what you’re doing, it’s best to hand over the reins.
  3. A sale to another company would dramatically improve the management talent.  It might be in the company’s and its employees’ best interest for you to sell in this scenario.
  4. It would help you to have financial security and independence for yourself and your family.  As your business grows, so does the risk involved.  The sale would allow you to make a safer investment with your money and drastically improve your family’s quality of life.
  5. Your business partner is difficult, or you’re having conflicts with family members who work in the business to ss.  In these extreme cases, you might decide relationships with these people are worth more than the company.

Before You Sell Your Business

Selling your business should never be your first choice.  In many cases, what seems like a permanent downturn is a temporary setback.  Also, marketing your business at a low point will result in an overall loss regarding your profit.  It’s almost always better to try and ride out the storm with the help of a business coach than to cut your losses too early in the game.

If you do decide to sell your business, be sure you prepare accordingly.  Your sale should never be driven by desperation: always have a plan before you make this significant move.

There are real, legitimate reasons to sell your business.  However, a customized coaching program with a professional business coach (pick me) will help you exploit the maximum value of your business.  When you are ready, fill out my contact form, and let’s get busy preparing you.


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