The buzz is that if you are a Baby Boomer and you want to sell your business in the next few years, then you are in the majority. You are not the only Baby Boomer and will possibly have your business compete against many more similar businesses in both model and industry. In order to be well-prepared, you will need a proper valuation. Establishing a baseline value of your business will help you overcome weak areas that keep you up at night. Why would a buyer want to buy your problems? Some savvy entrepreneurs will want your problems, but most will not.
Check out our short video on the different types of Valuations.
Roger Murphy, our CEO, explains the different types of valuations we provide.
Selling a business is a complicated and an intricate procedure. However, business brokers play a fundamental role in getting along the process to make it a successful deal. There are several factors and cautions involved that should to be considered before stepping out to sell your business.
Finding the exact potential buyer and to avoid scams you need to hire a business broker. Brokers are professionals at introducing the buyers and sellers and support in finding the middle ground. The business broker will confidentially work upon the marketing process to sell your business, the word is kept private as it affects adversely on your sales and stimulate staff problems.
Unsatisfactory preparation is a key error that business owners commit. Important matters such as financial documentation, the profit and loss sheet, insurance or lease issues and legal concerns have to be well prepared as it will have an impact on the market worth of your business.
You can be an expert in running your business but not at selling it and your reluctance to leverage the business brokers can be destructive. As countless matters can only be looked after by your business brokers such as selling it at the best possible value, projecting your establishment’s future, market it at its highest potential, finalizing the necessary paperwork and catching the eye of secure qualified buyers.
The productivity and successful running of your business can be affected if you neglect it and spent time on selling it. The efficiency and the performance of your business is what you really sell which makes it compulsory to concentrate on it.
Sellers mostly fix the value of the business at very high rates without determining its real market worth, you should take some time and get in touch with market rates, and after it you can easily tag realistic and a well approachable price to your establishment.
As due diligence is important, you should be able to manage the protection and authenticity of representations made during the sale. You can discuss and seek help in significant issues from business brokers at sflabusinesses4sale.com on the subject of selling your business. Generally you hunt for replies to the questions such as the worth of business, assurance of the status and qualification of potential buyers, correct way of homework for the sale and course of structuring the deal. These queries can be handled in a perfect manner by a broker.
The growth or lack of growth in the economy is a current debate. So, if you are one of the Baby Boomers who weathered the 2008 economic crisis and still in business, let’s consider your situation.
You are labeled a “Baby Boomer” because you are now between the mid 50’s and the late 60’s. You were raised to believe that the age of 65 was somehow magical and your country would pay you “social security”. You also learned along the way how to be a leader and an entrepreneur that getting something done right was to do it yourself. So, you are one of many Main Street small business owners that have enjoyed the toils, benefits, trials, respect, and everything in between by owning your business. Your grandchildren are growing and your parents are either resting or slowing down enough to need your help.
Well – Congratulations! You are in the Majority! Statistics show there are more business owners in your age group that are planning on releasing the reigns of leadership than any other age group. Who are the minority? Are they qualified to buy your business? Why should they pick yours over your competitor’s? As a business broker, listing businesses for sale is more than just getting a listing. We determine the salability of your business, help you ready it for sale, find the qualified buyers, and guide both you and the buyer through the process. We work with your trusted advisors (CPA, Tax Advisor, Attorney, CFO, etc.) to prepare and transition those reigns.
Your decision to retire, sell, offer an earn-out to a great employee, merge with a vendor or customer, auction the equipment, or just close the doors, is most personal and can be quite emotional. What can you see yourself doing more than what you are doing right now? What keeps you up at night? Would a buyer want the same “keep you up at night” scenario? What problem-solving ideas do they offer to resolve it? These types of questions should be addressed before determining the best time to list your business for sale.
Let’s face it – you are in the majority with others wanting to exit their businesses and actually retire. What industries are more desirable than others? What are the strengths and weaknesses of your business and how have they manifested themselves over the past 5 years and where are they headed the next 5 years?
Start a conversation. Trusted advisors + business broker + solid information = Right determination for You. Exit your business wisely.
The biggest financial transaction in a private business owner’s life is likely the sale of his or her business. Although many transfers are predetermined, others result from unplanned events, which is why it is essential for business owners to have an exit strategy.
Operate your business as if you are going to sell it. Most owners assume they will operate the business until retirement. But their priorities or interests could eventually change-or be forced to change due to unforeseen circumstances such as illness or disability.
Timing is everything. The best time to sell your business is when you’re on top. The company is doing well and the industry is flourishing, and next year looks even better. Cyclical factors are important, for example in retail most revenue is earned in 4th quarter. Sell in 1st quarter of next year to show good revenue and the inventory is at lowest point.
Market conditions will also have a significant impact on your ability to sell a business and the value that you will ultimately receive. The supply and demand of businesses vary over time and across industries. Current and anticipated market trends and tax policies may suggest the optimal times to sell as well as availability of bank financing. An Experienced Business Intermediary will be able to advise you on the current market conditions.
From time to time, I am in the unfortunate position of telling some 50-year old business owner that they “just don’t have any goodwill”. “But we have been around forever, or our name is like a household word in the community, or we literally have thousands of customers” might be the seller’s response. I am constantly amazed at how little knowledge most business owners have of what their business is actually worth. They will follow their checking account, their investments, and the value of their house but won’t think anything of whether their business value is increasing from year to year. So, what then does this have to do with goodwill? To understand whether you have goodwill, you must first know the value of the business, in total. With that number at hand, it’s simple math. Business Value minus replacement value of the assets it takes to generate the given cash flow equals goodwill, or Intangible value (in other words a value you just can’t put your fingers on or touch). This intangible can also be called “blue sky” or “intellectual property”.
It really doesn’t matter who has been there the longest or whose name is the most recognized, the proof is always in the numbers. Many times, the business with the 50-year history or a recognized name “is” the one that will generate the biggest goodwill. Why? Because those businesses have found a way to beat the competition in a myriad of ways. Better systems in place, better marketing, more productive employees, trade secrets and the list can go on and on. You have goodwill…because…you have found a way to squeeze more profits out of every sales dollar, end of sentence.
When you begin to negotiate the sale of the business, you will be much better off if you have developed a personal plan and have prioritized which items in the deal are the most important to you and which items you can compromise on and still accomplish your objectives.
Prioritize which items are most important in the sale. In every business sale there is negotiation where the buyer and seller have some give and take
Understand which things are important
Understand which things are not as important and where you can compromise and still get the desired results
Make sure to analyze what the post-sale looks like. Will you have enough money, what you will do with your time?