Hoping to sell your business in the next five years? We’ll help you get your business in order and come up with a sale plan that delivers the best possible sale price.
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5 steps to prepare you for a sale
The first thing to underline is that selling a business is rarely a fast process. Most owners will begin planning their sale years in advance, working to an exit strategy that sets out all the key milestones. Your aim is to leave the business in great shape, with stable finances, a solid team and a customer base that will continue to provide solid revenues for years to come.
So, how do you achieve these goals?
Assess your reasons for selling and your desired timeline– what’s the key motivation for selling your business? Are you retiring, looking to move on to other opportunities or hoping to unlock your equity? Once you know your reasons, you can decide on some core goals for the sale, and set a realistic timeline for the sale.
Get your financial house in order– ‘doing your financial housekeeping’ will mean preparing financial statements, submitting outstanding tax returns and making sure you have access to any other documentation that potential buyers will want to see. You may also want to work with an M&A expert to discover the company’s true market value.
Make your business attractive to buyers– any buyer wants to know they’re taking on an attractive business proposition. Making the business feel more attractive means improving your marketing and sales strategies, beefing up your operations and ensuring you have a positive cashflow position. You should also think about creating a transition plan for the buyer, so the handover is as smooth as possible.
Find the right buyer– it’s important to feel like you’re handing your legacy over to the right owner – and getting the price you need. This may involve working with a business broker or marketing your business yourself. Make sure you vet potential buyers carefully to ensure that they are a good fit for your business and your existing team.
Negotiate the sale terms– achieving your desired price could involve a fair amount of negotiation. You’ll need to sit down with your buyer to discuss the purchase price, payment terms and other conditions of the sale. Be prepared to compromise and be willing to walk away from a deal if the terms are not right for you.
Talk to us about getting your business ready for a sale
If you’re intending to sell your business in the next five years, it’s important to start planning now. Coming up with a sale plan and a robust exit strategy takes time, as does sorting out the business housekeeping and finding the best possible buyer for the company.
As experienced advisers in many business sales, we’ll help you:
Get organised, locate the relevant documents and improve your record-keeping.
Clean up your business and address any legal or financial issues
Come up with a detailed sale plan and help you market the business
Expand your business network, to find the best buyer for the company
Following these steps will greatly increase the market value and price of your business.