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By Sanjeev Kumar
Founding Attorney

As a business owner, you have likely held competing feelings about your business at some point or another. You may be proud of what you have built, but defeated by your setbacks. You may be excited about new ideas, but frustrated by how long it is taking to reach your goals. At one point or another, you may have considered closing your business. But, how do you know if it is really the right time? We’ll explore some of the telltale signs for when you should start to seriously consider closing your business.

When Is It Time to Close Your Business?

Financial trouble can be a big sign that maybe your business is heading towards some trouble and you should walk away before you incur too much debt or potentially personal liability for your business debts. Financial trouble can present itself in a number of different ways, but if your business is not making any money, it may be time to shut things down. There are, of course, a number of other things to consider before walking away. You can explore other potential revenue streams, cut costs, and more, but if your business is not making a steady profit, something will need to change and this might mean shutting your doors for good.

You will also want to take a good, hard look at the goals you set forth for your business. Of course, there should be flexibility in the timelines you set for reaching your goals, but after a certain amount of time has passed without meeting the milestones you hoped to meet, it might be time to close your business. Opening a business is an admirable feat in and of itself, but it cannot be the only milestone your business hits.

You may not have been pleased with the slow pace you have had in trying to reach your goals. You may have been frustrated by the lack of revenue stream for your business. Maybe you had a number of ideas to try and move things in a more positive direction. You may have upped your marketing game or changed your business strategy. Despite your best efforts, if your business is still struggling, it may be time to close up shop.

While all of the above are major red flags for when your business should close, perhaps the biggest may be if you have become disheartened to the point where you have forgotten why you started your business in the first place. If you have lost sight of your mission or it fails to hold meaning for you any longer, this may be a place you cannot come back from. If your heart isn’t in it, it is likely your business will continue to struggle. Consider closing up and reevaluating your goals

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Is it time for your business to close? Be sure to do so the right way to protect yourself from personal liability exposure. The Kumar Law Firm can help you close up your business the right way. Contact us today.

About the Author
Sanjeev Kumar is the founder and principal at the Kumar Law Firm, which provides a wide range of legal services to entrepreneurs and business owners in the area of business & corporate law and intellectual property along with related areas of interest to clients such as business succession planning, wealth preservation through estate planning, and alternate dispute resolution.