Exiting a business can refer to a variety of situations, most often, selling a business to a third party. However, exits can also happen by transferring ownership to a relative or member of your management team or by distributing ownership in shares to your employees. Mergers involve agreements to combine your company with another company. Finally, liquidation is selling pieces of your company which may be worth more than the whole. Business exits aren't failures; some entrepreneurs start businesses with the purpose of reselling them for a profit. Other "exits" involve bankruptcy or closing a business at a loss.
The resources on this page cover exiting in general. Visit the pages on closing and selling or merging for more specific information.
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