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Think twice before you sell your business

Make sure you have something lined up after you sell out, or your only choices are 1) Wino, 2) Junkie

Published: 2021-12-13

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I used to joke that after I leave the business, I have two choices:

  1. Wino, 2) Junkie.

I said that in jest; little did I realise those were going to end up to be the only options I could actually see.

I'm not a family man; I'll probably never have children. Maybe the the situation would be different under that circumstance.

Go home and be a family man - GuileGo home and be a family man - Guile

The point remains: Retire without a plan, and you may regret it. After six months of jollies, travelling, raving, and ticking off the bucket list, then what?

If I have one regret, it was selling my business under pressure and having no plan whatsoever (other than the fantasy of living in Ibiza, which lasted six months). I should have had a plan for the next chapter.

Now, this probably only applies to selling out younger. I sold out at 34 for an amount higher than the majority of the net worth of the top 10 premiership footballers - this is a rare position, so my opinion may be tainted.

However, I spent a lot of time on retirement forums with those aged mostly 50+ who seem equally depressed with their decision.

About Kishore Naib (Kit Naib)

Kishore founded the e-commerce company Watch Shop in 2007 and exited in 2014 after an acquisition by Watches of Switzerland at the age of 34. Watch Shop was a medium sized enterprise (£44 million sales) and was one of the UK's fasted growing companies, doubling turnover every year.

After leaving Watch Shop Kishore did a few coding projects but decided to follow his true and first passion: Lifting and bodybuilding.

Kishore Naib (Kit Naib)


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