Selling a Business

What are the odds of your business actually selling once you have made the decision to sell? Well, if the annual sales of your business are $750,000 or less, research indicates that the odds of your business selling are only 18 percent. If your annual...

There was a study done, years ago, that showed that the reason businesses were for sale had a direct relationship to its probability of sale. Reason for Sale %Reason for Sale %Probability of Sale Retirement 10-15% 30-35% Health Problems/Death 15-20% 25-30% Partnership & Family Problems/ Divorce 5-10% 15-20% Burnout/Other Business Investments 15-20% 15-20% Under-capitalization 20-25% 10-15% Insufficient Profits 20-25% 5-10% Profit Motivated Only 5-10% 0-5% The above results point out the more...

Many people who are selling their business think that once they find a buyer, the business is sold. Unfortunately, the real work is just beginning. Once a buyer is interested, there are the inevitable questions that must be answered. After the questions are answered and...

Prepare for new management. As soon as you make the decision to sell, begin doing what you can to help the business run "on its own." The business should not, especially now, be just you! Accept the financing facts. You'll likely be financing the sale of...

If you're considering selling your business, and you are employing a professional business broker or intermediary, it's imperative to be absolutely open with him or her. This is not the time for secrecy -- or even for subtlety, especially when it comes to problems. If...

1. Not knowing what the business should sell for One of the most costly errors a business owner can make is not knowing the approximate price of his or her business prior to entering the selling process. Although the marketplace ultimately determines the final price, an...

Buyers Want Cash Flow The first thing to keep in mind is that the vast majority of buyers want to buy cash flow. Sit down with your accountant or bookkeeper and begin to get your financial statements in order with cash flow the order of business....

Do have all of your business documentation ready. Everything starts with it. Don't underestimate the value of your business. Owners of privately held businesses usually minimize profits to lower taxes. The financial statements may not reflect the real value of the business. Don't overprice your business. The...

Some of you might remember the commercial for one of the major airlines in which a business lost a major client, because they never saw anyone from the company. The president handed out airline tickets to the entire sales staff so they could go out...