A lot of contractors are taking advantage of the land rush for contracting businesses by private equity and selling. For most, selling their companies is a one-off. It is something never before experienced and maybe, something unlikely to be experienced again. Since it is a new experience, contractors do not know what to expect. Here are six possible surprises.
1. You Pay More Taxes Than You ImagineNo one should be surprised that taxes accompany the sale of their business. What can catch people off-guard is the amount of the taxes, the sheer magnitude of the
2. You Lose Your Business Tax ShieldSmall business owners often use the tax laws to their legal advantage to minimize taxes and expenses. For example, you can hold an annual Board of Directors
3. You Lose Control
As a business owner, you are used to calling the shots. There is no one to tell you what you are “allowed” to do, or what you cannot do. Once you sell, your business is no longer your business. It belongs to someone else. They make the rules, not you. While this seems apparent, experiencing it is a slap in the face for most contractors. You no longer have control
4. You Get a BossThe longer you are self-employed, the more unemployable you become. Yet, if you sell your business and stay around, you will become an employee. You will have a boss. You will need to please your boss. You will need to report to, and be
5. You Lose Freedom
As a business owner, you can take time off whenever you want. If you build a business that can operate without your continual presence, you enjoy a degree of freedom most people cannot imagine. As an employee, your personal time off is limited and permission must be granted in advance.
6. You Lose Your Identity
Before you sell, your identity is wrapped up in your business. This will continue if you stay on, but will eventually disappear. You will no longer have a role as a contractor or as a business owner. When someone asks you what you do, you will struggle to answer. You know what you used to do, but that no longer applies.
Nevertheless, You Gain a Lot
Despite it all, many business owners still sell. Why? It is nice to get money-whipped. Whenever you feel frustration of a sense of loss you can pull up your portfolio, count the digits, and revel in the fact that you did it. You lived the American dream. All in all, life will be pretty darn good.
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