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.
Like any small business owner, you want to know how much your business is worth. Once you receive an estimate, the next question may be, “how was this calculated?” A multiple is a number you would use when calculating the value of a 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.