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Old 11-20-2011, 05:41 PM   #1
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35 And Jinxing My FIRE With This Post

I'm a 35 year old small (medium?) business owner in NYC. When I was 28, I started a consulting firm that expanded twice and became a national leader in our tiny little industry. Now 35, I'm about 9 days away from being bought out by a group of extremely wealthy investors from the West Coast.

We've gone through 3 1/2 months of diligence, legal, accounting, and underwear sniffing. The buyers know everything there is to possibly know about me and our little ATM machine.

When I was 23, I decided that I was giving myself 15 years to retire. I never actually thought I'd pull it off, 3 years early no less, but I'm pretty proud of what we've accomplished; all without screwing people or harming the general public.

I figure by registering here and posting this, I have effectively destroyed our deal and expect the buyer's attorneys to email me any minute to tell me the deal is off and I can expect to go back to w#rk as usual on December 1st (what would have been my first day of retirement).

If not, my wife and daughter and I will be FIRE on Central Park West (in the same apt we've lived in for the last 3 years) in our mid 30s.

I look forward to learning new ideas on being gainfully unemployed at this age and hope to read some great ideas on how best to enjoy my hopefully-soon-to-be lifestyle.
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Old 11-20-2011, 08:49 PM   #2
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I'm a 35 year old small (medium?) business owner in NYC. When I was 28, I started a consulting firm that expanded twice and became a national leader in our tiny little industry. Now 35, I'm about 9 days away from being bought out by a group of extremely wealthy investors from the West Coast.

We've gone through 3 1/2 months of diligence, legal, accounting, and underwear sniffing. The buyers know everything there is to possibly know about me and our little ATM machine.

When I was 23, I decided that I was giving myself 15 years to retire. I never actually thought I'd pull it off, 3 years early no less, but I'm pretty proud of what we've accomplished; all without screwing people or harming the general public.

I figure by registering here and posting this, I have effectively destroyed our deal and expect the buyer's attorneys to email me any minute to tell me the deal is off and I can expect to go back to w#rk as usual on December 1st (what would have been my first day of retirement).

If not, my wife and daughter and I will be FIRE on Central Park West (in the same apt we've lived in for the last 3 years) in our mid 30s.

I look forward to learning new ideas on being gainfully unemployed at this age and hope to read some great ideas on how best to enjoy my hopefully-soon-to-be lifestyle.
Hi z-d-g. No jinxes here, so don't worry. Good luck selling your business and welcome to the forum.
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Old 11-20-2011, 09:18 PM   #3
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Old 11-20-2011, 09:28 PM   #4
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I'm a 35 year old small (medium?) business owner in NYC. When I was 28, I started a consulting firm that expanded twice and became a national leader in our tiny little industry. Now 35, I'm about 9 days away from being bought out by a group of extremely wealthy investors from the West Coast.

We've gone through 3 1/2 months of diligence, legal, accounting, and underwear sniffing. The buyers know everything there is to possibly know about me and our little ATM machine.

When I was 23, I decided that I was giving myself 15 years to retire. I never actually thought I'd pull it off, 3 years early no less, but I'm pretty proud of what we've accomplished; all without screwing people or harming the general public.

I figure by registering here and posting this, I have effectively destroyed our deal and expect the buyer's attorneys to email me any minute to tell me the deal is off and I can expect to go back to w#rk as usual on December 1st (what would have been my first day of retirement).

If not, my wife and daughter and I will be FIRE on Central Park West (in the same apt we've lived in for the last 3 years) in our mid 30s.

I look forward to learning new ideas on being gainfully unemployed at this age and hope to read some great ideas on how best to enjoy my hopefully-soon-to-be lifestyle.
Congrats. I hope you pull it off. Definitely there are worse places to live.

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You are not jinxing anything with your post here. Welcome.
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Old 11-23-2011, 07:08 PM   #7
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7 days to go. Today should be my last Wednesday as Owner/Operator z-d-g.
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Congrats! It feels like deja vu all over again. I hope it works out well for you.
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4 days to go and can't sleep at night. 75% excited, 25% terrified of the phone call/email telling me the deal's off for some reason.
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Well, crap. Now we're not closing tomorrow. Been pushed back to Friday at best, possibly next Tuesday.

This sucks. It's like having a lotto ticket but knowing you can't cash it yet.
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I have all of my fingers and toes crossed for you!!
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Hope all goes smoothly for you. I'm also selling my biz, and a second company just got involved. Making for some interesting times. Make sure you post when it goes through!
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Make sure you post when it goes through!
We want to read the press release!
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I would gladly post one but the buyers have written into the contract that there will be no press of any kind so my clients don't get scared off.

Still impatiently waiting for closing. They're telling me Wednesday at worst, possibly Tuesday now. It's killing me.
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I would gladly post one but the buyers have written into the contract that there will be no press of any kind so my clients don't get scared off.
Well, sure, the last thing the new owners want would be well-informed clients.

I hope you made them pay extra for that!
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Well, sure, the last thing the new owners want would be well-informed clients.

I hope you made them pay extra for that!
Actually, I agree with it. It would cause undue stress to my clients.
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So... like... what happened?
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So... like... what happened?
Supposed to close in 3 hours. I'm going to vomit.
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Supposed to close in 3 hours. I'm going to vomit.
Hold it in. Breathe. And fingers crossed.
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Supposed to close in 3 hours. I'm going to vomit.
Maybe bring a bucket with you and not lean too far over the signature pages...
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