Selling a Business

For every reason that a pending sale of a business collapses, there is a positive reason why the sale closed successfully. What does it take for the sale of a business to close successfully? Certainly there are reasons that a sale might not close that...

The buyer and seller have both agreed on the sale price and the terms of the transaction. Everyone appears satisfied. As the day of closing approaches, the seller seems less cooperative and more apprehensive about selling the business. Ultimately, the sale falls apart. Who's to...

If you are considering selling your business, remember that there are positive factors that influence value and those that detract from it. Looking at your business from a buyer's perspective is important since a prudent buyer will be adding and subtracting these various factors when...

If you are an independent business owner, you are most likely also an independent business seller--if not now, you will be somewhere down the road. The Small Business Administration reports that three to five years is a long enough stretch for many business owners and...

It's easy to be negative about cost-cutting. "Everything just costs more," a business owner will say; the subtext being, "What's the use?" Don't give up! There are ways to cut costs. The first step is to identify where the money goes . . . and why....

Strong Points Flexible and positive attitude Creative and comfortable with risk-taking Goal-focused and committed to success Organized Energetic Weak Points Impatient with achieving goals Distractible; tolerant of interruptions Distrustful of "the new" (especially technology) Tendency to stray from business plan Failure to delegate authority and tasks ...