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There are various reasons why people are motivated to have their own businesses. According to a study conducted by Guidant Financial, 55% of aspiring small business owners believe that having their own business is a great opportunity to be their own boss. The second out of the top responses is to pursue one’s passions in their own business.
Planning to sell your business can seem to be overwhelming. How much is the business worth? Who will buy the business? What happens to my employees? When should I sell the business? Well, there is no definite selling season that every company abides by.
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.
In the spring of 2020, I heard a story on the radio about baby boomers that want to retire yet are struggling with exiting their small businesses. As an entrepreneur, this struck me as odd – how can this be an issue? A few hours later I was searching online for more information and was shocked at the magnitude of the issue.
Seller’s Discretionary Earnings is also referred to as Seller’s Discretionary Cash Flow, Adjusted Cash Flow, Owner Benefit, Recast Earnings, or Normalized Earnings.
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.
Eventually, every owner exits their small business. This means you should have an exit strategy. Learn what is at risk by not having one in place and what to do.