Have you been thinking about selling your business but just can’t decide if now is the best time? Do you find yourself repeatedly analyzing the economic situation and wishing you had a crystal ball? There are positive signs and there are negative signs….
If you’re still up in the air and can’t quite decide whether or not to hit the eject button, here are five reasons you might want to consider getting out now.
- You’re less interested in fighting the good fight
A lot of business owners took the Great Recession in the teeth. If you’ve got your business stabilized and the prospect of possibly having to fight through another recession leaves you panic-stricken, it could be time for you to get out.
2. The worst is behind you
Let’s say you were mentally ready to consider selling a few years ago you made cuts and adjustments, so now you’re starting to see some profit and revenue growth. With your numbers going in the right direction, now might be just the right time to make your move.
- The tax man is coming
Governments around the world are looking for money to fund the cost of an aging population. At some point, this will mean increased taxes.
- Nobody is lucky forever
If you’re lucky enough to be in a business that actually benefits from a bad economy, congratulations… you’ve probably just had the four best years of your business life. But no cycle lasts forever and right now might be a great time to take some chips off the table.
- The coming glut
As a business owner, demographics are not on your side. As the baby boomers start to retire in droves, we’re going to have a glut of small businesses coming on the market. That’s great if you’re buying; but if you’re a seller, you may want to avoid the flood and head for higher ground now.