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Who Are the Best Potential Buyers For My Business?

You will have a head start in selling your business if you can identify the most likely type of buyer in advance.  By answering a few questions, a seller will be able to forecast the buyer’s probable financing needs and priorities. Questions include: Will the buyer have industry experience?...

What is Your Business Worth if You Decide To Sell?

Prospective buyers make the decision to purchase a business based on future upside potential, but they establish the price they’re willing to pay for the business based on its past and current performance. When you are ready to begin the valuation process, a business broker or a business valuation...

What Do You Want to Achieve? Negotiating the Sale of Your Business

Every business acquisition will involve some form of negotiations before the process is done. The negotiating phase can be difficult and the final result may be radically different from the original deal.  If a business owner is not prepared to properly negotiate, he could lose a deal, or settle...

Buying An Existing Business vs Starting From Scratch

So you want to be an entrepreneur, but don’t have an idea you want to pursue? Then you may be a great candidate to buy an existing business.  Buying an existing business may involve more cost upfront, but it also represents less risk than starting from scratch. One advantage...

Timing is Everything When Selling a Business

A business owner can spend his entire career developing a business. It’s his baby, which can make selling it the most difficult decision he will make. Timing is Everything The timing and reason for selling must be right.  But how do you know what those are?  Here are some...

Showing Off Your Business: First Impressions are Important

Showing a business is more than just touring a prospective buyer through the building and showing him four walls and a new paint job. It’s about perception. External Business Appearance Most business showings are performed after business hours due to confidentiality. The buyer should understand that employees may not...

Murphy’s Law: 5 Pitfalls to Avoid When Selling a Business

Murphy’s Law is an old adage that says Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.  Murphy is bound to strike at some point, however, the following common mistakes that can be avoided. Comparing Sales Prices Don’t compare what another business sold for to your business.  There are just...

Working with Buyers Can Take Patience and Understanding

The best advice available on the subject of buyer relations is to exercise patience and understanding.  The relationship between a buyer and seller can complicate the situation and frustrates everyone involved. It can make for hard-to-close transactions or, worse, lost deals. The seller is emotional because the business that...

10 Steps to Selling a Business

Selling a business is one of the most important events in a business owner’s career.  While each transaction is unique, knowledge of the complete process will help get to closing. Step 1: Business owner decides to sell business The first step to selling a business is to decide to...