Small businesses make up 99.9% of U.S. businesses and employ 60.6 million people, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. In 2018, over half of U.S. business owners were age 55 and over. As many baby boomers prepare to retire, questions surrounding selling a small business are more relevant than ever.
But retirement isn’t the only motivation a business owner may have when deciding on an exit strategy and succession plan. Whether you’re ready for your next opportunity, facing health challenges, or need liquid cash to meet other obligations, selling is often an unavoidable stage in the life cycle of a closely-held private business.