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    Talking How you feel after selling your company? (Live like a customer)

    Hello,

    This is very interesting, Most of providers have a lot of work and they need to maintain server, advertisement and check fraud but how you feel after you sell your company?

    Living like a customer? Purchase a VPS and then open a ticket for any issue. If your provider does not solve your problem then move to another provider, post reviews on forums and no any fear of spammers, fraud orders.. etc



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    As someone that did this in 2007, the day the deal was finalized (no server hardware changes, great customers, company turning an immediate profit), the first night I was free, I finally slept like a baby after nearly 8 years.

    Was very refreshing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Douglas View Post
    As someone that did this in 2007, the day the deal was finalized (no server hardware changes, great customers, company turning an immediate profit), the first night I was free, I finally slept like a baby after nearly 8 years.

    Was very refreshing.
    I think everyone feels that way. BUT, I think after awhile you want to try out a new project and adventure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Douglas View Post
    I finally slept like a baby after nearly 8 years.

    Was very refreshing.
    HAHA. I wish I could get that good of sleep. I didn't sleep very good anyway before I started my company and I still don't.

    So even if I sold my company I'd still be up at night, but just bored trying to find something to do until I could fall asleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FreshFroot View Post
    I think everyone feels that way. BUT, I think after awhile you want to try out a new project and adventure.
    Quote Originally Posted by speedycrow chad View Post
    HAHA. I wish I could get that good of sleep. I didn't sleep very good anyway before I started my company and I still don't.

    So even if I sold my company I'd still be up at night, but just bored trying to find something to do until I could fall asleep.
    The OP asked about how we felt after selling our company. I didn't go into details about what I've done since. Guess it's only fair that I do so now, huh?

    A little bit of a back story: I started off "designing" (I use that term VERY loosely, haha!) websites in 1999 and started hosting in 2000. Went from mydialupisp.com/~users/myhandle straight to collocation. Was NOT ready for that move, but that's neither here nor there.

    In 2004, I assumed control of two additional hosting companies (via connections/friendships I made here on WHT) and finally turned a profit. Fast forward to Oct/Nov 2006. I suffered the worst server hack job I had ever seen, due to an egregiously outdated Perl script running on a customer's site. I worked for nearly 96 hours restoring everyone's sites. IF I recall correctly, I only got about 6 hours of sleep and ate only twice during that period. After getting everyone up and running, I suffered probably the 2nd worst bout of sickness I had ever endured. Took me nearly 2 weeks to recover. I should note that I did also join another hosting company full time in Sept 2005 as Sales. Except for a 14 month hiatus, I'm still with that company today.

    That, coupled with pressing medical issues involving my eyesight (needed surgery), I decided to hang it up. All of my shared hosting accounts went to a company on here (someone that I trusted explicitly, even to the point that my Mom's website went over) in early 2007 and I hand picked another person to assume control over the dedicated server customers I had. Thankfully, the way I had my own business structured, the new owner was able to start turning a profit immediately.

    I was also, at that time, starting to burn out on web hosting and wanted to do a career change. In January 2008, 2 months before my scheduled eye surgery, I decided that I would not return back to the hosting industry after my recovery time (ETA 4-6 weeks). Before I went into surgery, I was approached by a current customer/partner of the company I worked for and asked to switch from part time to full time upon my return (I had already been working part time with this other company since June 2007). I agreed after realizing that I would learn even MORE about the hosting industry (and virtualization).

    I should also note that I'm like a Jamaican (If you don't remember the "In Living Color" skits, then you won't get the reference here), in the fact that I was still doing several things for several people.

    In January 2010, I started getting the bug about a career change (I generally change careers every 5-7 years), but with an emphasis on Sports Media. I had also been promoted to VP of Sales and named 2nd in command of the company I switched to full time in 2008.

    February 2011, I took a couple weeks off for vacation (my first since Christmas 2007) to assess where I was, career-wise, and to clear my mind out so I could make decisions more effectively. When I came back, I decided to try to move forward with the career change and left the hosting industry for nearly 15 months.

    It was tough and I realized that I hadn't made the right connections needed to be able to turn Sports Media into a full time career, so I rejoined the team I left back again in April 2012.

    Long story short, I've kept myself extremely busy, even after selling my own company. Today, I am still involved in the hosting industry, but I'm also a fully credentialed Sports Media personality with my own weekly radio show.

    The transition from Hosting into Sports Media does continue now. I'm hoping that within 1-2 years that I will be full time with Collegiate Sports and Radio broadcasting.

    Sorry for the long read, but it's been an interesting time since I sold my business, and yes, as I said, I've kept myself very busy since.
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    Quote Originally Posted by speedycrow chad View Post
    So even if I sold my company I'd still be up at night, but just bored trying to find something to do until I could fall asleep.

    That's it right there. Many of us are not able to "do nothing". It logically doesn't exist. Even doing nothing requires a lot of "something" to achieve that state (turn off phone ringer, no appointments, etc).

    Even people I know past retirement age have some small job or hobby to keep them up and going.



    Quote Originally Posted by Douglas View Post
    I should also note that I'm like a Jamaican (If you don't remember the "In Living Color" skits, then you won't get the reference here), in the fact that I was still doing several things for several people.

    Hey Mon, it's in our DNA. Many times I've been the CEO, President, VP, Operations Manager, Floor Manager, Advertising, Billing, Collections, Cleaning Crew, Driver, Assistant to myself, and 37 other positions just to get things done.

    As stressful as it can be, it does create a few things;

    1. ultimate independence
    2. questioning anyone who say "they can't do something"
    3. management skills
    4. transferrable skills
    5. building a team of people at your skill level or better

    I've found that I'm not satisfied doing one task and will evolve from there. Just remember to schedule downtime and get enough sleep. Life is short and we want to do as much as we can, but when were sick we can't do much for ourselves or others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 48-14 View Post
    Hey Mon, it's in our DNA.
    MAD props for getting my reference, hahahaha!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Douglas View Post
    MAD props for getting my reference, hahahaha!
    Anytime. Even through everything, I'm still old school.

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    I would not even consider selling my company. Why should someone else profit from my hard work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dayhost View Post
    I would not even consider selling my company. Why should someone else profit from my hard work?
    But why shouldn't you profit from it by selling?

    Selling can be a great way to move on to a new venture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dayhost View Post
    I would not even consider selling my company. Why should someone else profit from my hard work?
    When you want to retire or take life a little easier you will think differently I'm sure.

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