A Reasonable Price On Your Business
An inflated figure either turns off or slows down
potential buyers, rely on your business broker to arrive
at the best "win-win" price. An
"unrealistic price" discourages many buyers from
even looking at a business.
On "Business As Usual"
Don't become so obsessed with the transaction that your
attention wonders from day-to-day demands, affecting
sales, costs, and profits.
An Expert Business Broker
A breach of confidentiality surrounding the sale of a
business can change the course of the transaction and
damage a business in the future.
For The Sale Well In Advance
A good business broker will prepare an offering portfolio
for the business to have ready for qualified buyers.
The business owners can help in the process by
"housecleaning" - as well as a literal sprucing
up of the facilities.
Information The Buyers And Their Financing Sources May
In order to obtain financing, the buyer will need
appraisals on assets. Lenders will require at least
three years of tax returns and the most recent financial
Leverage Through Buyer Competition
A good business priced properly many times will create
interest from several buyers and create a competitive
Don't be the kind of seller who wants all-cash at the
closing, or who won't accept any contingent payments or an
asset transaction. Depend on the advice of your
business broker - their knowledge of financing and tax
You are used to being your own boss, but be prepared to
learn that the buyer may be used to having his way, too.
With your business broker's help, decide ahead of time
"when to hold and when to fold."
Time From Dragging Down The Deal
To keep the momentum up, work with your business broker to
be sure that potential buyers stay on a time schedule and
that offers and counter-offers move in a timely fashion.
Willing To Stay Involved
Even if you are feeling burned-out, realize that the buyer
may want you to stay within arm's reach for a while.
Consult with business brokers to determine how you can
best effect a smooth transition.