Time to Sell Your Business? An ESOP May Be the Answer

Strategy Driven

It’s easy to start out as a solo practitioner and build a company as the skills from one’s career are directly transferrable, and overhead is quite low. Selling one’s company to an ESOP, an employee stock ownership plan, does just that. Selling to an ESOP preserves company culture and increases productivity, which generally ensures strong future performance. How does an ESOP work? In an ESOP transaction, owners essentially sell stock, whether some or all, to employees.

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Treat Employees Like Business Owners

Harvard Business Review

Many large corporations manage to find big bundles of shares (and huge amounts of cash) for executive compensation, even though there’s little relationship between senior-management pay and financial results. And companies — except for the very smallest — can implement an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP), often funded through borrowing. It takes a careful mix of mission, management, and culture.

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