My interest is the exit and retirement of business owners. I am not only an academic, but I also own a manufacturing company with my spouse. So my research is at times “me”search. I noticed that retirement discussions rarely if ever include business owners, except in their role as facilitator of their employees’ retirements. But how does the owner retire when there is a business to exit as well? This is not talked about, by anyone. There is wide variation among entrepreneurs but all owners will exit their businesses, and for many, retirement is their one and only exit.
I would like to have the conversation, early and often. I mashed up “ent” in entrepreneur with “end” (literally, the end) to get endrepreneur (“end-ruh-preneur”). I define it, and its variant, endrepreneurship as the intersection of business exit and retirement.
Let’s get started.