It's over. Next year marks the 20th anniversary since I started training for my ACA qualification. It was, on the whole, a slightly fortuitous leap into the unknown (post-uni, dropped out of teacher training scheme, was unemployed) and I can't complain (too much) about the money. I've also, over the years, mostly landed on my feet. I've met some great people. And some absolute d_______s.
It's also the milestone when I get near to the age where a close family member died. And I'm left looking down the path of life, and simply thinking: I don't want to do this anymore. I've had some wobbles in the past, but this is it, I think. Too much is about to change, and though I'm technically capable, I don't have the heart for it. I have other things I want to do, and try. And the smart-phone era of being constantly on call is wearing me down (I'm addicted in the sense that I can't leave my phone alone and can't stop thinking about incoming messages, so have to answer them.) I want to go on holiday and truly, truly switch off. Or wake up one morning knowing that nobody, nobody, will be chasing me for anything, or will have had a letter from HMRC bringing some new and mindless piece of persecution.
Anyway, I'm out. I have a small practice. I turn over about £150k, of which I'd say just over £100k is recurring. Take off the dogs and the soon-to-be-retired and there's probably about £75k of value in there. Enough to keep me going while I find my feet elsewhere. Having been a member of AVN in the past, and currently a member of 2020, I've got many of them on monthly DDs and have been pushing clients onto Xero in the past couple of years.
So my question is: what do I do? I'm not inclined to use an agency. Not that I don't value their expertise and ability, but I'm very much on the small side, and even modest fees would eat into the proceeds. I'd much rather discreetly call or visit some larger local competitors and feel out the territory.
So: has anyone experienced this at all? I'd appreciate any practical tips. I promise, this isn't an advert by some other name. I'm not even sure of my timing yet - will get January out of the way. And then find some way to mention it to my wife.