Build a strong management team and work on transitioning yourself out of the business. Buyers want to see that the business can run—and run well—without your constant attention.
What would happen if you took the summer off? What would you come back to? If the answer is locked doors, then you’ve got some work to do. If your team might call you and have a meeting once a week, you’re moving in the right direction.
Start with a long weekend and build up to multiple weeks then months off. It will be an exercise your spouse and family will be happy to participate in and will allow your management team to grow.
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