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The Molzi Story, the morning after.

Many business owners dream of having a big exit one day.

I was no different

From as early an age as I can remember, I always wanted to start a business and sell it. I didn't give much thought to what that would actually entail, or even what the business would do. My dream was to build a business that someone found valuable enough to buy.

In September 2021, I was lucky enough to have that happen to my business. You can read all about that day here. As you'll see from the blog, the actual day that I signed the paperwork and received the money, wasn't quite what I was expecting.

Spoiler alert. It was a bit of an anti-climax.

Me in a room of bananas. I'm not going to lie, I'm running out of pictures of myself...

So much weight and expectation is placed upon that moment in time. There's no way that the reality could live up to it. In fact, not that much changes at that specific moment. Yes you have more money in the bank, but you've not had a chance to do anything with it yet. And most probably, you still have a job to do. The earn out.

But there is a day that will come, where your life is turned on its head. And unlike the day that you sell your business, you're absolutely not expecting it.

The morning after you leave your business.

The day you leave will be a mixture of emotions. The highs of the stress being over. The lows of the goodbyes to colleagues that have helped change your life.

But the morning after is... well, nothing.

You'll find yourself reaching for your phone and refreshing your emails. You won't have any.

You'll find yourself wondering who to speak to. So much of your time was spent speaking to co-workers. It would be a bit odd to contact them already.

Likely some of your personal relationships will have taken a back seat during the process.

You used to dread opening Slack each morning for the fear of seeing team or client problems. It's a relief to not have any. But part of you misses being needed to help solve them.

If you're currently in the thick of agency life, the above probably sounds like sheer bliss. And don't get me wrong, it's a very privileged problem to have. Taking a break from the chaos for a week, or maybe two is heaven. But knowing it's finished for good, is a bit sad.

You just went from being incredibly important, central to so many peoples days and decisions, to only important to your loved ones. Again, it sounds fine. But even the smallest ego will suffer that sudden fall from grace.

If you've been fortunate enough to receive life changing sums of money during your exit, you'll also become very aware that you don't really need to do anything else. But actually, that doesn't feel as good as it sounds. Especially if you're the type of person that builds companies that sell.

I've found this an awkward blog to write, and deleted and re-written many parts many times. Clearly there are people with far, far greater challenges that they're facing. The feelings above aren't even that bad. But the goal of FounderON is to be open with how each stage of the journey felt for me. So I shouldn't just leave bits out that make me feel uncomfortable.

Selling a business is a unique, life-changing and exhilarating experience. One that I feel so lucky to have experienced. If you're also lucky enough to embark on an acquisition, all I would advise is for you to plan for the morning after, before it arrives.


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