When a buyer is interested in your small business, they will want to engage in a thorough examination often referred to as the due diligence process. Whether you plan to find a buyer for your small business or plan to sell to a business partner, employee or a family member, the due diligence process is a crucial step. If you need a refresher on just what due diligence means, just click here.
We are currently in the midst of the silver tsunami. That is, entrepreneurs aged 55–73 years old who are part of the Baby Boomer generation, are now retiring from their businesses or are currently in the stage of transitioning their businesses.
Preparing to sell your business can be an emotional rollercoaster ride, and the last thing you may consider during this time is selling your business to a competitor.
Seller’s Discretionary Earnings is also referred to as Seller’s Discretionary Cash Flow, Adjusted Cash Flow, Owner Benefit, Recast Earnings, or Normalized Earnings.
What happens if you are struggling to sell your small business? What if a buyer is seeking some of your key assets but is not interested in the entire business? Maybe you need to expedite the process of transitioning out of the business?
Due diligence is the process where the buyer has an unveiled look at the business you’re selling to investigate it from the inside so that they can make an objective decision about your business, and make a buying decision or not.
Exiting a small business will likely include preparing financial statements for potential buyers as well as obtaining a business or net asset valuation (ExitGuide Pro includes a valuation). If you need a refresher on some of the terminologies or you do not “speak finance” ExitGuide has summarized many key terms below in what we hope is a clear and practical explanation.
Data also suggests that many businesses close due to personal reasons such as illness/injury, age, or selling the business.