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3 Reasons It May Be Time to Sell Your Business An inside look at the decision to move on.

By Amanda Steinberg

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The phone rings. It's Sergey from Google, Marissa from Yahoo or Tim from Apple saying, "I'd like to buy your business … is a zillion dollars enough?" And just like that: The decade of workaholism and takeout food has finally paid off.

Nice fantasy, sure. But here's how things really happen. You get approached by a potential buyer but can't get a straight answer on whether they're ready to put real money or stock against a fair acquisition. Or, the buyer is qualified but you're not ready to sell--and you're terrified that the opportunity will never come again.

Only you can decide what's right for you, but to help you negotiate the dance with a potential suitor or the decision paralysis from having a real offer on the table, here are a few factors to consider from people who've been through it before. Beyond a straight-up time-vs.-money analysis, there are some less quantifiable but equally important reasons to sell.

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