Selling a Business
Handing Over the Family Business? Never Too Early to Start Succession Planning
After years of entrepreneurship, you’re looking forward to the day when you can retire, secure in the knowledge that the business you’ve built is safe for another generation. But planning to hand over the family business takes a succession plan.
Selling A Business: What You Put In is What You Get Out
You've put your blood, sweat and tears into building your business, and now it's time to sell a business. But potential buyers won't flock to your business if you simply put up a for sale sign, says Jim Chamberlain, a management counselor and financial expert with SCORE, a nonprofit organization that serves small businesses.
Before You Sell Your Company, Conduct a Business Valuation
If you’re preparing to sell your business, you'll first need to know how much your company is worth by conducting a business valuation. It will give you, your investors and potential buyers a good idea of what your business’s value is by looking at both tangible assets like real estate and cash, as well as intangible assets like intellectual property.
8 Tips for Finding the Right Business Broker
The right business broker can help your small business find a source of potential buyers and aid in the sale of your company. Learn what you need to know to find the right business broker.
The Four D’s of a Business Exit Strategy
Learn the four D’s of a business exit strategy: death, disability, divorce, and departing. The idea that your business will provide you with income after you are no longer there may not be a reality. To have a successful business, you must plan for all four D’s.
Selling Your Business Nest Egg
The time to start thinking about selling your business begins in the start-up stage and throughout the life cycle of your business. If your business is your retirement nest egg, consider every major decision and how it will add value to your company's exit plan.
Business Appraiser Directory
The Institute of Business Appraisers provides a searchable directory of over 3,000 members (U.S. only). Find an appraiser by area code, state, last name, city, expertise or zip code.
Business Valuation: Seven Methods
Business valuation advice from Merfeld & Schine, Inc. Covers the seven methods to valuating your business from the common capitalization of earning method to the cash flow method. Gain a clear understanding of these techniques before your business valuation.
Find an Appraiser
The American Society of Appraisers site provides a resourceful search directory for finding an appraiser anywhere in the world. Select your country and state and appraiser type (business valuation, machinery, property and technical) for a complete listing in your area.
Selling Your Small Business: Tips & Techniques
The Business Sale Center provides helpful advice on selling your business. Tips on the business sales process, valuation, advisors, setting up a deal and negotiating.