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Now What?: Dealing With Remorse After Selling A Company

March 25, 2014

Filed under: Business Succession Planning,Entrepreneurs,Small Business Owner — Neel Shah @ 1:57 pm

Most entrepreneurs have the same idea; build their company and then sell it for big bucks.

But most owners who do that usually end up staying with the firm for a few years after the sale is consummated. What they don’t necessarily expect are the mixed feelings they have, according to an article in the New York Times.

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First, they may feel uncomfortable as a “soldier” rather than as a “general.”

Second, their strengths are often in starting up the company – making something from nothing.

Third, even if they are ready and willing to be a good soldier and carry on the work they started, they may feel uncomfortable in the new culture of the new bosses.

Fourth, they may not like the changes that are being made to their “baby.”

In many cases, the sellers find they cannot stay on as planned. Some are able to make the adjustment.

The article says owners who plan to sell their businesses but stay on should give some thought to whether that is likely to be a good idea. Basically, let the seller beware.

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