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5 Common Reasons Business Owners Decide to Sell

Sat, May 07, 2016 at 4:15PM

5 Common Reasons Business Owners Decide to Sell

Are you considering selling your business this year? If so, there’s no need to feel alone—business owners decide to sell every year, for a wide variety of reasons, none more legitimate than another. Take a look at some of the most common reasons business owners decide to sell in our blog below.


Retirement is, of course, one of the most common (and most positive) reasons that business owners decide to sell their businesses. This is a great time to sell for many business owners, especially since it affords a greater amount of time to work out the logistics of “closing up shop.”

New opportunities

When opportunity knocks, many business owners understandably decide to make the big switch. Whether it’s a new business venture or opportunity to sell at a premium price, sometimes the benefits of selling outweigh those of maintaining ownership—and that’s okay! The purpose of going into business, for most, is to provide for financial needs. If you find a better way to do that, it only makes sense that you pursue it.

Changing interests

Our interests and passions change over time, so it makes sense that these changes are reflected in business ownership from time to time. If you no longer enjoy what you do, or are simply looking to get involved in a new field to pursue different projects, this is certainly a common reason to sell.

New obligations

Are new obligations putting pressure on your finances? Whether you are expanding your family or moving into a newer, bigger home, it’s something that happens to all of us. If your current business situation can no longer support your financial needs, pursuing a new business or more dependable path is always an option worth considering.

Performance factor

Is your business not succeeding in the way you thought it would? Many factors can lead to decreased success in business, such as competition or other external factors. In these cases, many business owners decide that—should these external obstacles become too frequent or too restrictive—the best option is to sell and move on.

Why are you planning to sell your business? Let us know! We can help you along the way using information and expertise specific to your unique situation.

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