The first and most important step in the process of selling your business is to obtain a professional business valuation on your company. A business valuation offers a crystal clear picture of where your business stands today as well as understanding of the current market worth. While a business valuation is not required to sell your business, completing a business valuation offers a realistic picture of your company worth and fair selling price.
Many factors are involved when it comes to selling a company; if this is your first time selling a business have an expert financial professional offer advise so you have the upper hand in the deal. A business valuation will provide a comprehensive overview of your business through neutral perspective to assist in determining the fair market value of your business is. By scrutinizing the business’ financial records, company assets, past and future current market trends, as well as tax data, you will have a very clear picture of expectations when selling your business.
Prior to selling your business, ensure your books are accurate and in order. Having a well-organized set of financials will help to speed up the sale of the business. Make sure your data is error-free and provide the most accurate information possible.
Ensure that you have a succession plan in place. Your senior management helps run the business on a day-to-day basis and they are key players in the success of your business. Determine what will happen to them when you leave. Will they stay and continue to run the day-to-day operations? Even having a temporary plan in place will offer greater chances in selling the business. Include everything in writing to help protect your staff that is staying. A succession plan is critical when selling a business.
Lastly, keep the sale as quiet as possible. By letting the cat of the bag so to speak can cause a series of negative events. From your competition finding out, to your employee’s learning of a potential sale to your customers, this information leak can wreak havoc on the potential to sell your business. Keep information tied to the sale of your business as confidential as possible. Start with the first step of the process and obtain a business valuation for your business today.