Back in 2015 Dan Andrews and his partner, Ian Schoen, sold their product business. They had been building this business over the course of 7 years, employed 15 people, and had grown it to a multi 7-figure per year business. Today, Dan is here to talk about what mistakes could have been avoided during their exit and also to teach us how to plan a powerful exit strategy.
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Rich Dad Poor Dad – Book Dan mentioned that defines Financial Freedom
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3) Stop using boredom to mask your incompetence. There’s nothing boring in taking your business to the next level!
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[00:05] – This week’s audio masterclass is all about Planning a Powerful Exit Strategy!
[00:58] – The 5 Thought Experiments you’ll learn about today from Dan:
- #1 The Lifestyle Ladder
- #2 The Mock Tax Rebate, featuring the Mediocre CEO Test
- #3 The Hidden Upsides
- #4 The Cash Conundrum
- #5 The Dirty Secret
[01:57] – Dan talks about moving to Barcelona, Spain and taking up cycling. He also talks about why he believes endurance sports are for entrepreneurs.
[04:36] – Why planning your exit is important: Dan explains why you, Fire Nation, NEED to learn this!
- Fact: 50% of small business entrepreneurs who exit are dissatisfied and miserable about it
- Dan and his partner Ian felt this way after selling their business, and after talking to other entrepreneurs, Dan found out they weren’t the only ones with regret…
- START with the EXIT in mind — Dan talks about the reality!
- The Perception vs The Reality
[08:47] – The 1st Thought Experiment: The Lifestyle Ladder
- What is your number? The FREEDOM LINE. Dan talks about his own levels on the ladder:
- Being in debt
- Being broke
- Having basic savings
- Having a financial platform
- “The effective cash in your lifestyle is nonlinear”
- The QUESTION you’ve got to ask yourself — Don’t miss this, Fire Nation!
- Start writing your own lifestyle ladder!
- Dan and JLD share their own Freedom Numbers
- “Your business platform provides you with a lot of opportunities and optionality”
- Think about your future, Fire Nation!
[17:18] – The 2nd Thought Experiment: The Mock Tax Rebate, featuring the Mediocre CEO Test
- The issue when you have a business that’s consistent — you start worrying!
- When you sell your business, you WILL have a global financial crisis
- The Mediocre CEO Test — Dan talks about what this is and why you should care!
- If you want to walk away for a lifetime, just try it out for a month. Don’t instantaneously jump into selling your business; just try to get out of it for a period of time and see how you feel about it
- Think about where you could have taken your business during the 2 years you prepared for the exit
[24:48] – The 3rd Thought Experiment: The Hidden Upsides
- Just because you’re business has been consistently boring doesn’t mean it has to remain that way
- Why entrepreneurs tend to undervalue the platforms they’ve built
- JLD talks about retooling EOFire and the changes he’s doing to bring the podcast a new vibe after asking the same 4 questions for almost 2,000 episodes
- Recapture the entrepreneurial spirit!
[34:03] – The 4th Thought Experiment: The Cash Conundrum
- Dan reveals the truth: not ALL business models are created equally
- Cash Flows VS Cash Piles. Tune in to find out what the difference is!
- Dan mentions Rich Dad Poor Dad and the definition of Financial Freedom
- If you want to cash pile, set an intention for it
- The difference between the investment skill set and the entrepreneurial skill set
- Dan drops the truth re: the “opposite strategy”
[40:30] – The 5th Thought Experiment: The Dirty Secret
- Dan talks about using boredom as a way to mask incompetence & The Peter Principle
- Remember: “What got you here, won’t get you there”
- The TRUTH: There’s NOTHING BORING in taking a business to the NEXT LEVEL
- How masterminds can be a problem — hear this out!
- Another dirty secret: The chances of building another successful business
- A question to ask yourself: Do you have the desire and energy to build another business?
[49:53] – The Business Brokers
- Note: Your business broker is NOT on your side
- Value Bomb Drop: Brokers are not incentivized to maximize deal price
- Exiting and selling a business are two different things. Selling is about getting the right price for your business, while exiting is about a career change for the entrepreneur
[54:40] – Tune in to hear Dan’s final takeaway!
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