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Want to sell your business?  We will give you a professional assessment and valuation and would gladly sell your business for you.  Our team of business brokers are waiting for you.  We have various buyers ready, we advertise on various mediums like the internet and newspapers.

We have about 5500 buyers on our database at any given point in time and will market your business to them for you.

Advice to Sell Your Business
We always tell our sellers to remember why they sell their business and by when they want it done.  The average well-prepared business geared for selling takes 150 days.  We always tell our sellers to not be influenced bySell my Business people that tell them different, especially unscrupulous brokers trying to get the mandate from them.  We base our selling time on more than 30 years experience and current statistics on the more than 1000 businesses mandated with us.  This is a buyers market with banks not granting finance in most cases, various well priced good businesses on the market and the current market sentiment.  So what must you do if you serious about selling your business in these conditions? 

1. Price your business right!

This is the most important factor.  If you price your business wrong it won’t sell, sweet and simple.  People always ask me but what about the fact that I built this business for 30 years?  Is that worth nothing?  It is worth what profit you are makingBusiness For Sale at Best Price currently.  You should also remember that you took money out of the business for 30 years to live, if you didn’t it would be worth all that money extra. We have various valuation models we use to give you our view of the price.  You should also remember that your business competes with thousands of other businesses on the market on profit, price, assets, risk, operations, location, type and the all-important x-factor a buyer is looking for. If you price it too high it won’t sell, dropping the price later makes buyer suspicious as they think something might be wrong with the numbers of the business.  So pricing it right from the start is the best way to get it sold.  In property you have heard of the term “location, location, location”?  Most common problem businesses not selling has is “price price price”.  Most importantly of all is this, the business is worth what a buyer is willing to pay for it.  Despite everybody’s opinion and all valuations it is worth that in the end. 

2. Provable Income

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If you have not kept proper books don’t expect buyers to be excited and trust you. They won’t trust you. Will you trust them if they have no books when you try and buy something from them?  So get proper books if you are expecting a fair price for your business.  Buyers will offer you much less, if they even bother to make an offer, for a business without books.  And whatever you do, don’t wait until an offer is made to then prepare a set of books.  This in more cases means no offer at all, or a buyer that sees something else he rather buys while he waits for the financials to be prepared.  Without proof of income, and the buyer does make an offer, you can be sure you will be paid in part and the balance after a period if the business makes the claimed revenue.  All that will then be at a lower negotiated price.  More, importantly, you will make it impossible for buyers to obtain financing to buy your business, thus limiting the people that can buy your business even if they want to.

3. Condition of the business 

This is one of the things a lot of people overlook.  If you sell your house won’t you tidy up, give it a 
fresh coat of paint and mow the lawn.  Prospective buyers arrive and the trucks need a wash, the kitchen cleaning,Business For Sale Refresh It the storeroom filled with rubbish, the yard full of junk and the deal goes out the window.  Well run businesses sell. Well run businesses fetch a good price.  A business that looks like a junkyard when it isn’t one, will look run down and dilapidated.  That business in the mind of a buyer cannot do well. Even  if  the  provable  income  shows different,  that  will  just  make  them suspicious.  Remember that most buyers are suspicious of sellers in the first place and to why they selling the goldmine.  Have all relevant information available, have the business clean and looking successful, have it ready for a sale.  

4. Future plan for growth

Buyers will never pay you for all the great blue sky opportunity you tell them about.  If it is was really so easy and 
Business For Sale Future Growthgreat then you should have done it already before you sell the business to get the future growth included in your asking price.  The important thing however is, although they will NOT PAY you for that, it might be the reason WHY they buy the business from you in the first place. Very few buyers will buy a business with no or limited future opportunity.  If your business has these opportunities prepare them in an easily understandable format as part of the package to make the business an attractive sellable business.  But please don’t try and work this into your price, nobody pays for it, is is the rason why they buy it. 

5. Vendor Financing 

With the current market condition and legislation, it is extremely difficult for buyers to raise financing for buying a business.  Gone are the days of 100% loans or small deposits, no security and long payment plans.  In the last two years many a proud business buyer was humbled and frustrated by the process of trying to obtain funding.

Business For Sale Vendor Financing AvailableLarge cash deposits are now required, security for the outstanding balance are required, proper audited financial statements for the business been purchase showing profits to repay the loan are needed.  Many deals do not happen because of the new way of doing things.  If you really want to sell your business you might have to consider giving vendor financing for a part of the transaction. In the event that you finance a portion to the buyer without him needing to obtain a loan which makes it easy for him, price is no longer a bargaining tool.  You may also finance a portion; he contributes a portion and a financial institution the balance.  In this scenario it is a lot more likely that the financial institution will finance the deal You by financing a portion is basically saying that you believe in the future of the business and as seller who is in a better potion to tell? 

6. Open-Minded 

Most important of all – Keep an open mind!  Every business is unique, every seller is unique and 
every buyer is unique.  No two deals look the same, has the same set of circumstances, terms and conditions.    If  an  offer  is  made  keep  that  in  mind  as  every  party  will  have  the  things  that  are important to them on the table.  The more complicated you make it, the more likely it is that your business won't sell.  Never forget your en objective and that is to sell your business for a fair price.  The one thing to remember is that nobody sells a bargain.  A buyer might  buy a bargain because what he plans to do and can do with your business makes it a bargain.  So you can only ask a fair price that a buyer will be willing to pay if you really want to sell your business.  So let’s value you business properly.  Let’s agree on a price, marketing plan and strategy that is appropriate.  Don’t get swept away by the guy down the road that sold his business for a specific price.  You don’t understand all the dynamics of that specific transaction.  After all you chose to select a professional business broker to guide you through this.  You are the expert at your business.  Our business is selling yours!

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