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Ecology of Money

Quitting Time: How Do You Sell Your Business and Retire?

This checklist can help small-business owners retire with peace of mind.

Unlike most folks who work for somebody else, when you are the owner of your own business and want to retire, you just can't clear out your desk and cubicle and leave. It may take years before you can walk away with confidence.

Business ownership obligates you to pay attention to myriad details. It's even more complicated when you want to move on and enjoy your life without any attachment to the enterprise you're leaving behind. Yet, if you work through an enlightened checklist, you can enter that retirement with security and peace of mind.