There are many things to consider before selling your business, such as scoping out the for-sale market and finding the right time to exit.

While most business owners have put significant thought into those more tangible aspects of selling their company, some overlook the most difficult part of the selling process — the emotional distress that parting with their business can bring.

Selling a business can without a doubt be an emotional and even painful experience. However, if you are selling, you likely have a reason for doing so, and negative emotions will hijack the success of the sale. It is important to follow the tips below to keep a level head in the process.