Deciding you might want to sell your small business can be a tricky proposition to run through your mind.
On the one hand, you may be thinking now is the time for you to do something different.
On the flip side of the coin, you might feel as if your company is doing quite well and to boot you enjoy it.
So, deciding where you’re at with your business is of course the key.
Should you lean to testing the waters when it comes to a potential sale, what should be your primary areas of focus?
Getting the Most Money Should You Opt to Sell
If you do look to sell sooner than later, getting all the money for your business you can will of course prove key.
That said you want to be sure all the hard work you put into your business over time does not go unrewarded.
This begins with making sure you are in a good position. That is to sell and have an attractive business that will catch a lot of eyes and ears.
Should you get one or more serious offers, you want to be sure to do all the homework necessary. That is to go through such an offer with a fine tooth comb. You also want to be sure any potential buyer satisfies all your needs and answers all your questions.
When it comes right down to it, getting a fair and accurate price for your business is key. You put too much time and effort into the company to end up getting short-changed at the end of the day.
From an earn out structure of a deal to if you have any small business loans and more to pay off etc. are all important.
If eyeing a sale, be sure you have all your financial bases covered. That is so there is less chance of any nasty surprises coming to the forefront.
Are Employees Going to Be in the Mix?
When you have thoughts of selling your small business on the mind, any chance employees will be in the mix?
If you have people working for you, it is key you take their situations into account when thinking of a sale. Not doing so would be a disservice to them among other things.
You want to make sure that you’re as transparent as possible with an people on your payroll.
While you can’t get into specifics on the finances of any pending deals, you can discuss other matters.
It is important and only fair that employees have an idea of what is going on. This gives them more time to map out their next move.
Depending on the language of a sale, your employees might have the option of going to work for the new ownership.
Finally, you should make sure that this is what you want and not live with any regrets. Having such regrets that you sold too soon could haunt you for years to come.
Take your time reviewing all the details and never be rushed into a sale.
With that in mind, what will make your small business attractive to others?