Tuesday, April 18, 2006


For the past 20 years you have built your business. Your company has become part of your identity. Even when you are not at work, you are working, thinking, planning. You never stop. If you sell you are leaving behind much more than a job. In this article we will discuss some signs that might indicate that it is time to exit your business.

1. Late in your working life you are faced with a major capital requirement in order for your company to maintain its competitive position.
2. A large competitor is taking market share away from you at an accelerating pace.
3. Your legacy systems, production capabilities, or competitive advantage has been "leap frogged" by a smaller, nimble, entrepreneurial firm.
4. A major company in a related industry just acquired a direct competitor.
5. Your fire to compete at your top level is not burning as brightly as it once did.
6. Your kids are not interested or are not capable of running the business.
7. You have had a health scare and have decided to smell the flowers.
8. You have lost a major client of a key employee.
9. The market is hot and you decide to take some chips off the table for asset diversification.
10. You exit in an orderly fashion and from a position of strength as you intended.

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