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You Sold Your Business. Now What? Embracing a New Chapter with Care and Purpose Selling your business is a significant milestone, signifying the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. As you embark on this new journey, here are some tips to approach it.

By Mark Kravietz Edited by Kara McIntyre

Key Takeaways

  • 1. Celebrate and reflect
  • 2. Embrace change and adaptation
  • 3. Reconnect with your passions
  • 4. Seek support and mentorship
  • 5. Set new goals and challenges
  • 6. Learn and grow
  • 7. Find a higher purpose

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Embarking on the journey of selling a business can be an emotional rollercoaster. Whether you spent years nurturing it or it was a recent endeavor, letting go of something you built from the ground up can evoke a mix of excitement, uncertainty and even a sense of loss. Adding retirement into the mix is a whole other layer of complexity. In fact, one-third of retirees in the United States develop symptoms of depression at this stage of life, which is why preparing for your next phase of life is critical.

As one chapter ends, another begins, filled with endless possibilities and opportunities for personal and professional growth. Let's explore the steps you can take to navigate this transition with care and embark on a new path brimming with purpose and fulfillment.

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1. Celebrate and reflect

First and foremost, take a moment to celebrate your achievement. Selling a business is a remarkable accomplishment, and it's essential to acknowledge the hard work, perseverance and dedication that went into building it. Reflect on the valuable lessons learned, the challenges you overcame and the impact you made on your employees, customers and community. Give yourself permission to feel a sense of pride and gratitude for your journey.

2. Embrace change and adaptation

While the sale of your business marks the end of an era, it also presents an opportunity to embrace change and adapt to new circumstances. Recognize that transitions can be challenging, and it's natural to experience a range of emotions. Allow yourself the space and time to adjust to this new phase of life, knowing that change often brings growth and personal development. Stay open-minded and be willing to explore new avenues and possibilities.

3. Reconnect with your passions

Now that you have freed yourself from the demands of running a business, take the chance to reconnect with your passions and interests that may have taken a backseat during your entrepreneurial journey. One client of mine likes to build furniture and another is into music. Whatever you're passionate about, rekindling those aspects of your life can bring immense joy and fulfillment. Allow yourself the freedom to explore and rediscover what truly brings you happiness.

Related: 6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Selling Your Business

4. Seek support and mentorship

Transitioning from being a business owner to a new phase of life can be daunting but remember that you don't have to navigate this journey alone. Reach out to friends, family and mentors who can provide emotional support and guidance during this transition. Share your thoughts, concerns and aspirations with them. Their insights and experiences may help you gain new perspectives and uncover opportunities you hadn't considered before. I've had clients that needed professional help to get over the loss of not running a business.

5. Set new goals and challenges

Humans thrive when they have goals and challenges to strive for. With the sale of your business, it's time to set new objectives and embark on fresh endeavors. Reflect on your personal and professional aspirations and craft a vision for the future that excites you. Perhaps you wish to explore a different industry, start a new venture or dedicate yourself to a cause close to your heart. By setting clear goals, you can channel your energy and passion into pursuits that align with your values and aspirations.

6. Learn and grow

Entrepreneurship is a continual learning experience, and selling your business doesn't mark the end of that journey. Embrace opportunities to expand your knowledge and skills. Attend workshops, conferences or online courses that cater to your interests. Engage in networking events or join industry-related communities where you can share your expertise and gain new insights. Investing in your personal and professional growth will keep you intellectually stimulated and open doors to new possibilities.

Related: Cashing Out: What Every Entrepreneur Should Know Before Selling a Business

7. Find a higher purpose

Beyond personal and professional growth, consider how you can contribute to a greater cause or positively impact society. Whether it's through volunteering, supporting charitable organizations or advocating for a particular issue, finding a higher purpose can bring deep fulfillment and meaning to your life. Explore avenues where you can utilize your skills, expertise and resources to create a lasting and positive change in the world around you.

Selling your business is a significant milestone, signifying the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. As you embark on this new journey, approach it with care, compassion and a sense of purpose. Celebrate your achievements, embrace change and reconnect with your passions. Seek support from your loved ones and mentors and set new goals and challenges that align with your values and aspirations. Remember to prioritize personal growth and find ways to contribute to a higher purpose. With this caring mindset, you can embrace the opportunities that lie ahead and create a fulfilling and meaningful life beyond entrepreneurship.

Mark Kravietz

Entrepreneur Leadership Network® Contributor


As the managing partner and founder of ALINE Wealth, Mark Kravietz, CEPA®, CFP® and CIMA®, specializes in exit planning. He was named to Forbes’ 2019-2024 Best-In-State wealth advisors. Mark hosts a podcast discussing how to successfully exit your business called “Find Your Exit."

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