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How to exit a startup smoothly

In early 2019, a company called Meta was unable to continue funding research into creating an augmented reality product. Therefore, it was unable to continue operations despite once being valued at close to $250 million. If such a large company can fail, Nevada startup owners should understand that theirs could too regardless of how large it gets. It is also important to know that selling a startup can cause a wide range of emotions.

No longer running a company may mean no longer having a set daily routine or a familiar set of problems to solve each day. In some cases, business owners who have sold their companies have to take time to find their identity again. Fortunately, there are signs that it may be time to walk away from a business, and it is generally a good idea to have an exit strategy long before it comes time to walk away.

For instance, if the company is mature enough to go on without its founder, it may be time to sell or otherwise transfer ownership. The same is true if a founder has been averse to taking risks or is simply coasting through each day. Older founders may want to sell or transfer their companies to other parties so that they can retire and enjoy life.

Those who are involved in business startups will ideally have a plan to exit their companies at some point in the future. It may be possible for an attorney to help craft a business plan or otherwise provide guidance on how and when the exit should take place. This may allow an individual to sell or transfer the business in a way that keeps taxes to a minimum and allows the company to function before and after the transaction occurs.

John P. Aldrich
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