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Reply To:  Hi there, My husband and I have owned our business for close to 10 years and built it from scratch to a now successful and known brand. We employ 8 people currently. It took a long time and many hours of work to build it up and it is only in the last few years we’ve been able to reap the rewards. It’s been a tough year mentally and we are at a point where we want to throw the towel in. Not because of Covid or financial stresses, the business is doing well at the moment,  but because we are sick of dealing with the day to day dramas of staff and managing people which takes away from the reason we do what we do and the reason behind why we started this business. We’ve also been thinking lately about what is our end goal, what is our exit plan and where to next, can we expand, if so how, do we sell? To who? Close down? What about our lease?  We don’t really want to just throw away 10 years worth of hard work for nothing…But it is getting to the point where this is draining and we feel like we have no real direction. What are our options and who can we go to for advice with this sort of thing? I feel we need a mentor to advise and help guide us on what the next step should be. Would love to know your thoughts. Thanks in advance. An over worked family. 

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Morena – I saw this question last night, and felt the weight of what you are going through. Would be very good for you to talk to someone. I would say that many business owners feel like you right now, it has been a tough year as you say, and then you also have the pressures of thinking about the future.

Of course you can keep chatting online here digitally, or we can suggest some offline discussion – options include, Business Mentors NZ – you can apply here – https://bmnz.qlbs.com/home/signup?_ga=2.31657854.1989445369.1603995166-1629123381.1603995166&_gac=1.253439867.1603995166.CjwKCAjw0On8BRAgEiwAincsHM-oNwxeSadWyf0xtuDm7MrAzrKn1D94kSV5HkIoxgdPn4tbajvrGBoCqkYQAvD_BwE

Another option is for you to contact your local Regional Business Partner – can you tell me where you are located or if you want, email me direct on andy.hamilton@manaaki.io and I can refer you.

You got this I am sure, just need to work through the options, and I think you are very courageous in expressing this, so well done! – Andy