Shutting Down a Startup

Shutting Down a Startup

January 19, 2024 by investor

Shutting Down a Startup

Not all startups succeed.

For those that don’t, there may come a time to shut it down.

Here are some key points to consider in shutting down a startup:

Before announcing the shutdown collect all accounts receivables.

Sell any inventory left on hand.

Notify investors first so they are aware.

Notify employees and their last pay date.

Notify your customers with the transition to a new service or program.

Liquidate all assets.

Pay off outstanding debt as much as possible.

Pay taxes and payroll withholding.

File IRS forms related to employment tax.

Close the bank account.

Dispose of any remaining assets.

This may include patents, trademarks and other intellectual property as well as physical assets.

Dissolve the legal entity.

The shutdown process can take some time as each of the steps above requires time to process.

Consider these steps in shutting down a startup.


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