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What to Expect When Selling a Business

The decision to become a business owner involves planning, making strategic decisions, and navigating new territory. Selling a business is no different. There are three major variables involved in prepping your business for sale – its ability to sell, its readiness, and your timing. The status of all three constantly shift and change.

If you’ve ever wondered what to expect when selling a business, I have answers for you. Here are seven tips to help you prepare and keep your bases covered.


Find Your Why

When deciding to sell your business, the first question to dig into is: Why? Not only will your potential buyers and advisors be interested, so will nearly everyone in your personal and professional network. Whether you’re motivated by retirement, conflict, crisis, or opportunity, be prepared.

 


Take Your Time

A business sale can take six months to a year – even a multi-year process isn’t out of the question. By taking the time to prepare your company for sale, you’ll stand out from those who don’t and appeal to wider range of buyers. Adequate preparation takes time and provides value.

Enlist Your People

Having a quality controller or finance director who isn’t also the owner is a good place to start. If you’re currently in those positions, know selling your business will be simpler if you hire for those positions.

Enlisting professional advisors can provide you with financial savings and help you navigate the selling process. Trust your instincts to know if you need help with accounting, taxes, real estate transfers, legalities, transactions, vendor relations, and inventory matters. Partnering with a good business broker or advisor can provide invaluable support.

 

Determine Value

Valuating a business is far from a black and white process. The amount of variables can be astronomical. Some industries use profit, revenue, and other use cash flow. Begin by obtaining benchmark data from within your industry, and remember to account for seasonality.

Keep It Confidential

A breach of confidentially can put a serious dent in your plan to sell a business. If word of the sale spreads throughout the company, staff and customers may wonder how the sale could affect them and seek exit strategies. Work with individuals and advisors who guarantee discrete marketing and proceedings. Keeping your process confidential is necessary to maintaining your bargaining position.

Meet Prospective Buyers

Buyers understand good business – but you need to articulate your vision, and clearly identify your growth story. Preparation and focus is especially important during this progression. Knowing which information to share and how to handle conference calls can make or break the selling process.

You’ll need to determine who is the best buyer based on seemingly infinite variables, move through negotiations, and make decisions, line item by line item.

Close the Deal

After performing due diligence, you’ll move into closing the deal. Closing this process involves significant negotiations and tying up any and all loose ends. You’ll need to navigate your way out of confidentiality, both personally and professionally, as well as arrange for final transfers before celebrating.

Selling a Business

Selling a business can be a time-consuming and emotional venture. There’s a lot on the line at each step in the process, and having people you can trust and look to for advice is priceless. It may also be possible to receive free counseling from organizations such as SCORE, and your local chamber of commerce may offer relevant seminars and workshops.

Working in conjunction with a business advisor or broker can provide significant advantages in the professional, personal, and financial realm. Many who sell a business are doing so for only the first or second time, and partnering with experience can streamline the process.  

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Our Sellers except us to achieve the highest and best offer for their business while taking the least amount of their time away from it as possible. That is because the absolute best use of their time is to continue to run and grow the company.  If revenue or profits begin to decline, buyers will walk away or decrease their offer. Transworld's philosophy can be summed up in a ten step, how-to strategy that culminates with the sale of a company. This proven method has been used to sell hundreds of businesses.  Here are the steps. Step1 Comprehensive Business Analysis and Feedback As your business broker, the first thing in our how-to strategy is to analyze your operation, finances, market potential and industry trends. We take that information and advise you on steps to prepare your business for sale, and  generate a business profile that represents your company in the most attractive way possible. Step2 Sale Structure We identify the best possible price range to sell your company. This is based on solid facts, the condition of the market, projected growth, sales potential and the sale of similar businesses within your industry. Transworld’s experts apply sophisticated, time-proven valuation techniques to ensure that your price is appropriate for the current market condition. The price must not be too high or too low. Yet, it must represent an attractive investment potential for the buyer. Step3 Confidentially Network The Business For Sale During the selling process, we utilize the latest technology to present your company to other business brokers and strategic buyers all over the world. This greatly multiplies the effort in your favor. With Transworld Business Advisors, you have literally thousands of industry professionals confidentially representing your company to buyers.   Step4 Confidentially Advertise To Buyers Our aggressive marketing program ensures your confidentiality and provides maximum exposure for your company. Your listing is placed in various industry databases, Internet sites, and publications which are constantly updated. We spend more money in advertising and marketing for buyers than anyone else in our industry. Step5 Control The Information Flow We organize all necessary documentation and release information only as needed. We use limited information when advertising to maintain confidentiality. Buyers are pre-qualified and required to execute a confidentiality agreement before receiving any sensitive business information. Step6 Create Competition For Your Company We attract thousands of buyers, creating competition for your business. Buyers are qualified for financial ability to meet the offer, and we engage you with only the most qualified buyers. Once you meet the best of the buyers, we urge them to prepare and present all offers. We can continue to engage potential buyers on your behalf as negotiation on an offer is in process and have another interested party ready to go should a buyer change their mind. Step7 We Negotiate For You To Achieve The Best Price Appropriate negotiation is crucial to achieving your best price and terms. We have the expertise to establish sound and resourceful negotiating techniques on your behalf. Transworld has trained all of its agents in the art of negotiating through curriculum that we have created specifically for our industry. Never negotiate without planning, expertise, or from a position of weakness. Step8 We Provide Exceptional Support To You Through The Due Diligence Process We take pride in our exceptional service. Only half of the job is finding the right buyer who will pay your price and meet your terms. The other half is getting that buyer to the closing table. We quarterback the deal, work with the accountants, lawyers, banks, landlords, and other third parties that could jeopardize the success of the transaction. We realize that you depend on us to guide you through the sale of your business. We make the transition simple and easy for you. We know when an opportunity for you may arise and are always there to take advantage of it. We also know when someone is trying to kill your deal or is being unreasonable and how to handle those situations. Step9 We Are There From Beginning To The Closing We help manage all administrative procedures, licenses, inventory counts and lease assignments that may be required. Transworld works closely with your advisors to ensure a smooth transition. Using the latest technology, we strive to be ready to work on your behalf to get the deal done! Step10 We Are There For The Transitional Phase And Beyond! Because we are in the business community, you may want to consult us from time to time after the sale. We will provide you with the assistance after closing. Transworld will always remain in your corner! Schedule Consultation Now

5 Tips For Keeping Your Business Sale Confidential

When selling your company, it is crucial for the health of the business and its future that the sale remain confidential. If your customers, vendors or employees learn it is for sale, it could have a negative impact on value.  Learning of a business sale may encourage customers to replace your product or service, employees to look for more secure employment, and vendors to demand payment of invoices.   If the value of your business is impacted, you will lose negotiating power with buyers and will not get the highest and best offer for it.  One way to protect the confidentiality during the sales process is to work with a business advisor, who will work on your behalf, use best practices, and allow you to continue to run your business.  Here are some tips we share with sellers on  keeping a sale confidential.

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