Prior to selling your business, identify the traits you want in the buyer. That way, when you receive a strong offer from a potential buyer and do your due diligence, you know what you don’t want. For instance, if your buyer has just parted ways with another business and did… Read More »Be ‘In Like’ with Business Buyer
Friendships are the key to life, however, unless they are a specialist in the area you need, separation is good! Many business owners, like me, have become friends with their business advisors. We enjoy working with each other and treasure those relationships. When it’s time to sell or transition your… Read More »Know Your Friends’ Specialties…and Limitations
Bo Burlingham, former executive editor for Inc. magazine and author of several books, including Finish Big: How Great Entrepreneurs Exit Their Companies on Top has shared that one of the key discoveries that led to that book. He found found that many business owners were unhappy after selling their companies regardless of how much someone… Read More »Success = Identified Identity
The market for Selling and Acquiring Businesses is still strong! Sellers are receiving multiple offers, but the ‘chosen’ Buyers aren’t always the ones writing the biggest checks. Decide what you want! Is a lower price OK if it ensures that the buyer is a better fit for your culture? Or… Read More »Identify Top Priorities
In the sale of a business, confidentiality is VERY important. What happens when your critical employees must be informed prior to the sale? We recommend stay bonuses. A stay bonus incentivizes key employees to cooperate and assist with your sale. How much should the bonus be? There is no set… Read More »Should a Business Owner Provide a “Stay Bonus”?
Having talked with 100s of buyers and potential business buyers at all levels, there are 3 issues that we hear consistently: “I’m looking for a business with a minimum cash flow of X….” or some variety of that statement. X is the amount that the business provides the buyer after… Read More »Thinking of Selling Your Business: What Buyers Want!
As a business owner, you need to consider the role you would like to have in your business transition to evaluate the type of suitors for your business transition. In an ideal world, you’ll have 4 or 5 offers to choose from, and what you’ll find is that the companies… Read More »Ever Have to Make a Decision?
Business owners often come to us concerned about employee jobs and retention issues after a sale. They worry that selling their business will lead to job losses if certain positions become redundant. However, buyers today are often just as focused on retention issues. Your experienced talent can be a key… Read More »Why Employees Matter to Sellers AND Buyers?
Datasite’s recent research reveals that the most common 2 issues uncovered in due diligence that causes buyers to withdraw from a deal in due diligence are cybersecurity and data concerns (36%) and financial weaknesses (22%). When asked how often a deal does not progress due to an issue uncovered in… Read More »Top 2 Deal Killers in Due Diligence
If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times: “Time kills all deals.” Essentially the longer it takes an M&A transaction to reach the closing table, the more likely that deal is to fizzle and die a painful death. A lot of it just comes down to human… Read More »You’re Killing Me ….!