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How will Your Business be valued?

Sep 19 2018
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How will Your Business be valued?

Mainstreet is typically defined as businesses with revenues of $5,000,000 or less.The process of estimating the value of a business or business interest frequently requires the adjustment of certain financial statements to free them from the influence of accounting elections that were made to minimize tax liability; and to restate them in such a way as to depict the true economic performance and condition of the company. Typical adjustments for small to mid-size businesses include excess officer compensation, owner’s benefits or “perks”, one-time expenses, or other non- related businesses expenses and/or revenue. These adjustments then define the SDE (Seller's Discretionary Earnings) of the business.

Business Sale Considerations

Jun 26 2018
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Business Sale Considerations

The basic steps to selling a business are calculating the value, deciding on the most advantageous structure, marketing the business, soliciting and negotiating with prospective buyers, and completing the sale contract. While revenues and profits (historical and recent trend) and asset market values are the basic considerations for valuing a business, customer contracts, management depth, intellectual properties, and other factors can also affect the valuation.  Also, in some cases, restructuring assets (sale-leaseback of business real estate, for example) and capitalization prior to a sale can increase the combined value of the assets and operations. Selling a business can have many important legal, business, and financial issues; therefore, you should plan to have independent representation by a lawyer and possibly a CPA to assist you with your business sale. In order to establish an asking price, you will need to value your business.  Certain industries have "rule ...

8 Questions You'll be asked when Selling Your Business

May 01 2018
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8 Questions You'll be asked when Selling Your Business

One of the most intimidating aspects of selling your business can be facing the barrage of questions during the various management presentations you’ll be doing for potential acquirers. Be prepared to be grilled on all facets of your operations.  Of course every meeting will be different, but here are some questions you can expect to be asked when you’re in the hot seat.

4 Traps to Avoid when Selling Your Business

Apr 03 2018
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4 Traps to Avoid when Selling Your Business

Most professional acquirers will have a checklist of questions they need answered if they’re considering buying your company. They'll want answers to questions like:    • When does your lease expire and what are the terms? • Do you have consistent, signed, up-to-date contracts with your customers and employees? • Are your ideas, products and processes protected by patent or trademark? • What kind of technology do you use, and are your software licenses up to date? • What are the loan covenants on your credit agreements? • How are your receivables? Do you have any late payers or deadbeat customers? • Does your business require a license to operate, and if so, is your paperwork in order? • Do you have any litigation pending?   In addition to these objective questions, they'll also try to get a subjective sense of your business. In particular, they will try to determine just how integral you are personally to the succ ...

The Hidden Goal of the Smartest Business Owners

Mar 20 2018
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The Hidden Goal of the Smartest Business Owners

What are your business goals for the year? If you’re like most owners, you have a profit goal you want to hit. You may also have a top line revenue number that’s important to you. While those goals are important, there is another objective that may have an even bigger payoff: building a sellable business.  But what if you don’t want to sell? You most likely will want to at some point in the future. Here are five reasons why building a sellable business should be your most important goal, regardless of when you plan to push the eject button:   1. Sellability means freedom One of the fundamental tenants of sellability is how well your company would perform if you were unable to work for a while. As long as your business is dependent on you personally, there’s not much to sell. Making your company less dependent on you by building a management team and creating just-add-water systems for employees to follow means you have the ability to spend time ...