There will come a time in most cases where small business owners have to make a difficult decision. Should they sell their business or if possible, keep it within the family?
If you find yourself in such a situation, you may find yourself dealing with some restless nights.
Of most importance, making the right call can set you up for years of stability if all goes well. If you make the wrong decision, all that hard work up to this point could go away.
So, what factors should go into whether you sell your business?
What Makes for the Right Sale?
In considering selling your small business, note these thoughts:
- Who are they?
If you ponder selling your small business, will you find the best person available for the deal?
There is a lot that goes into such a decision, so expect to do some soul-searching and of course research.
One of the reasons why background searches can make a difference is the information.
Given all the information that is floating around the worldwide web these days, one can learn a lot of details about others. From potential business sales to whether or not the person you are dating is who they say they are, the Internet can be your best go-to information source.
For instance, what if a prospective buyer has past money issues?
Although once you sell any problems are those of the new owner, you likely don’t want a negative impact on clients. Another potential issue is what if the prospective buyer’s money issues kill the deal at the last minute?
By going online and researching, you can get a full dossier in the person who might be buying your company.
- Is it time to sell?
Before you look at potential buyers, there is of course the need to decide if selling now is the right decision.
Depending on your age, you may be thinking about calling it career. But, this decision to sell might be you wanting to do something else in the business world.
Among the possibilities:
- Starting a new small business venture
- Going to work for someone else
- Investing your money in other businesses
No matter what path you choose, know that selling your business isn’t something you need to make a rush decision on.
Take your time to weigh the pros and cons of unloading your business. Over a period of time, you might come to the conclusion that selling now is not in your best interests.
- Being financially sound
In the event you do sell, will you be alright with financial stability moving forward?
Keep in mind that the age you decide to sell out can very well have an impact on financial health down the road.
If you sell later in life, the money you receive in return can likely set you up for a nice retirement. In the event you sell earlier, will that money last? Remember, you still have personal expenses to handle. You also might have the need to go out and work again or look for another business venture.
Yes, you are likely to have much to think about when deciding if selling your small business is the right call or not.
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About the Author: Dave Thomas covers business topics on the web.
sagar nandwani says
Before sell. As an owner you have financial goals you are continuously striving for and this applies to selling your business as well. … Getting your company ready to sell (audited financials, the right technology, a good executive team, etc.) Finding the right potential buyers