Category: Business For Sale

When is it Time to Sell?

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How do you know when it’s time to sell your business? To some it might seem like a silly question, but for a business owner (and particularly for a family-owned business), the decision can cause some sleepless nights. Since we work with a lot of sellers, here is a list of some of the tell-tale sig ...
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Value vs. Sellability

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  One of our favorite things to talk about is how to increase the value of small and mid-sized businesses. Most business owners know how to impact line items on their financial statements (i.e. revenue, salaries, bank balances, etc.), but we find that driving the actual value of the business ...
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A New Year’s Resolution for 2021

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It’s a new year! And while it may not feel that much different than the challenging one we left behind, it’s still traditionally a time to assess our current situation and make a resolution to change things that need to be changed. Often, we try to look at ourselves objectively and determine if ...
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Throwing Good Money After Bad

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“Know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away, and know when to run…” Kenny Rogers may have been talking about gambling, but the lyrics work for business owners too. Over half of businesses in the US have been impacted by COVID this year to some degree and as we ...
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Marketing Blindly and Nationally

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If you’re a savvy business owner, you know that maintaining strict confidentiality is critical when selling your business. Only a handful of people should know you’re thinking of selling: your spouse, financial planner, accountant, and attorney. Often, this element alone will push a seller towar ...
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Coronavirus and Business Brokerage

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[embed]https://youtu.be/VQFHdUgdgTc[/embed] Coronavirus. Yep, we’re jumping on the bandwagon. Why on earth are we, business brokers, talking about Coronavirus?! It has nothing to do with buying or selling business, right? Hang with us for a minute… On March 3rd, the Federal Reserve cut int ...
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Retaining Key Employees

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Think about the key employees in your business. The ones who understand how everything works: employee roles, client preferences, supply chain, cash flow, compliance, etc. When they take a well-deserved vacation, you FEEL it and so does everyone else. They might be in sales, support, administration, ...
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2020 Forecast

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2019 is in the books. In general, people are feeling pretty good right now. The S&P 500 was up 28.9% and the Nasdaq was up 35.2%. Unemployment is crazy low at 3.5%, optimism is high, and although there has been lots of turmoil nationally and globally, it has mostly impacted a few specific sector ...
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The Importance of Knowing Your Business’s Value

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How much is your business worth? How much is it actually worth to a buyer if you were to sell it right now? Even if you’re not ready to sell at this moment, knowing this number is very important for a few reasons: Planning: We know that most business owners work with financial planners and ac ...
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Competition

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Non-competes. You’ve probably been exposed to them at some point. Perhaps you have employees sign them or maybe you have signed one yourself at some point. Non-competes are also a very important component of a business transfer. Imagine this: You bought a high-end restaurant. Since you struck a ...
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8 Ways to Make Buying a Business Less Scary

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In addition to eating a ridiculous amount of candy corn, with Halloween around the corner, we’ve been thinking about all things scary. Here are some things that can make an entrepreneurial leap a little more comfortable. If you’re a business owner looking to sell, take note of these things too a ...
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Business FSBO

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With all of the online options at our fingertips these days, it is easier than ever to sell things. You can buy everything from a couch, to a car, to a house just by listing them online. In these days of the FSBO (For Sale By Owner) posts, wouldn’t it just be easier to try to sell your business th ...
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Should I Tell My Employees I’m Selling?

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The short answer: no. We have sellers all the time who ask us this and our answer is always the same: it’s a bad idea. Even if your team is small in number and a very tight knit group, we still recommend that you don’t take them along with you on the ride of selling a business. There are a few l ...
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How We Value Businesses

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You’ve probably received a few newsletters from us now that mention getting your business valued and why you should do that. Perhaps you’re wondering how we actually determine the value of your business. Below are the steps in our process. When we compare our valuations to actual sales prices, w ...
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Knowledge is Power

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Selling a business shouldn’t be a mysterious process done behind a black curtain and only understood by a select few.  The more you understand how your business is valued, how to make it more attractive, and how the selling process works, the better equipped you will be.  That’ ...
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Never Stop Learning

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I recently attended the national Murphy Business conference in Palm Coast, Florida.  The beach was nice (although it rained the whole time) and the opportunity to network with other business brokers across the country is a big draw, but the biggest benefit is staying up-to-date with all the lat ...
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FixerUpper

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Change hurts.  Changing our businesses with the times is difficult and we can be forgiven for wanting to avoid anything that’s both difficult and painful.  Still, the ways in which businesses connect with their customers has changed and is continuing to do so because those customers& ...
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Unsellable Businesses

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After nearly two decades of real estate/fixer-upper/curb appeal/garage sale picker reality television, it’s easy to think that there’s a buyer for everything.  That may be true – just not at every price and certainly not at any time.  We’ve had business owners approach us intending to have ...
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Benefits to Buying a Franchise

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  Last week I was honored to conduct two workshops at the Dale Carnegie Training International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. The theme was “WOW!” – which accurately describes how I felt being there among such an impressive group of people. Dale Carnegie Training is a franchised or ...
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Turning the Tide on Financing

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  The Business Brokerage Press just released the results of a nationwide survey that confirmed what seems to be a no-brainer: A lack of available financing was the biggest obstacle to someone buying a business in 2013. You may be thinking, “No kidding. If I could get a loan, I could buy an ...
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