Who’s on Your Team?

As a business owner, your journey has likely been filled with challenges, triumphs, and hard work. But there comes a point when every entrepreneur must consider the future of their business.  As my partner says, you can leave under your own power, or be carried out feet first.  Regardless, there will come a point when you are no longer going to be running the business that you have built.  A savvy business owner will have a plan that covers both the orderly transition, and the urgent transition of the business.

Whether you’re planning to retire, pursue new opportunities, or your family and business associates have to deal with a sudden absence–  a well-orchestrated exit strategy is crucial. To ensure a seamless transition and ensure the continuation of your business, assembling the right professionals on your exit team is essential. Here are some key players you will need to have on your side for a successful business exit.


  1. Personal Financial Planner: Your personal financial well-being is a critical consideration during your exit. A personal financial planner can help you align your exit strategy with your personal financial goals, ensuring a comfortable retirement or transition into new endeavors.
  2. Business Broker or Mergers & Acquisitions Specialist: If you’re looking to sell your business, enlisting the services of a business broker or M&A specialist is essential. Business intermediaries possess the knowledge, connections and resources to identify potential buyers, negotiate deals, and navigate the complex process of transferring ownership. Their insights can help you prevent costly errors, get the best value for your business and provide experienced advice in the process.
  3. Accountant: An accountant that is well-versed in business exit strategies is essential for managing the financial aspects of the transition. They’ll assist in auditing your financial records, optimizing tax strategies, and ensuring that your financial statements are accurate and attractive to potential buyers.  A good accountant can also help you to minimize the tax consequences of your transaction.
  4. Attorney: Legal considerations are paramount in any business exit. A skilled attorney specializing in business law will help you review agreements, navigate contracts, and ensure all legal requirements are met throughout the exit process. They can also guide you through any regulatory or compliance issues that might arise.  In the case of Main Street businesses (businesses with less than $10 million in gross revenue), an escrow attorney is frequently used to produce documents including seller notes, UCC Filings, bulk sales (CA), and bills of sale. That fulfills the promises made in the Purchase Agreement.
  5. Estate Planner: If your exit strategy involves passing on the business to a family member or beneficiary, an estate planner can help you structure your estate to minimize tax liabilities and ensure a smooth transition of assets. They’ll assist in creating a comprehensive estate plan that aligns with your exit goals.
  6. Succession Planner: In cases where you’re transitioning leadership within the business, a succession planner can be invaluable. They’ll help identify and groom potential successors, create development plans, and facilitate a smooth transition of responsibilities, ensuring the continuity of your business’s success.
  7. Human Resources Consultant: If your business exit involves layoffs or significant changes to your workforce, a human resources consultant can help you navigate these sensitive issues. They’ll assist in managing employee transitions, communicating changes, and ensuring compliance with labor laws.


In conclusion, a successful business exit requires careful planning, strategic thinking, and the support of a diverse team of professionals. Each member of your exit team plays a vital role in ensuring a smooth transition, maximizing the value of your business, and safeguarding your financial and personal interests. By building a dream team of experts who specialize in various aspects of business exit strategies, you’ll be well-equipped to navigate this pivotal phase of your entrepreneurial journey. Remember, the key to a successful exit lies in preparation, collaboration, and a shared commitment to your business’s legacy.