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Three years of profit and loss statements Federal taxes for the same three years Current list of fixtures and equipment The lease and related documents Franchise agreement (if applicable) List of encumbrances, loans, equipment leases, etc. Approximate amount of inventory on hand Names of outside advisors with contact information Marketing materials, catalogs, promotional...

Most business owners think that their business is unique. There are obviously many different attributes that can make a business stand out from others. However, there are some key factors that make a business both unique and, at the same time, make it more valuable...

There are three good questions to consider before selling your business. First, "Do you really want to sell this business?" If you're really serious about selling and have a solid reason (or reasons) why you want to sell, it will most likely happen. Second, "Do you have...

In addition to using a business broker, there are specific steps you can take to increase the chance of a successful closing. Know why you want to sell your business. Before placing your business for sale, it is important that you both know why you want...

The Letter of Intent (LOI) is a pre-contractual written instrument prepared by the buyer for the seller, which is usually the preliminary understanding of both parties. The Letter of Intent can also be called Agreement in Principle or Memorandum of Understanding. They all have the...

There are lots of reasons why the sale of a business falls apart. The reasons can be grouped into four major categories: those caused by the buyer; those caused by the seller; those caused by a third party; and those caused by “acts of fate”....

Business owners are often asked, “Do you think you will ever sell your business?” The answers vary from: “Only when I can get my price” to “Never” to a realistic “I don’t really know” with everything else in between. “When will you sell your business?”...

Here are some tasks business owners should consider completing before going to market to help their businesses sell. Remove any items not included in the sale. That family heirloom portrait behind the counter of Grandfather William, founder of the business, should be removed. Remove or repair any non-functioning...

…….What a "loaded" question you may think, but the reality is that almost no business owner and their business reach the qualifications of "Ready to Sell" without professional assistance from a qualified individual. Getting your business and yourself,  as the business owner "ready to sell", takes...

Are you a Certified and Registered Broker/Intermediary? Are you affiliated with any business brokerage associations or trade groups? Will you provide any references? (Sellers, Attorneys, etc.) How will you determine how much I should ask for my business? Will you display my business on any Internet sites? If so,...

BUYERS WANT CASH FLOW Recasting financial statements will help you provide a potential buyer with a better view of cash flow.  Cash flow is not the same as profit.  All potential buyers will want to see the income tax returns, profit and loss statement, owner compensations,...

Increasing the price of your products or services is, in most cases, the most difficult decision a business owner has to make. Looking at the negatives is easy. •    Our business is too competitive to increase prices. •    Our customers/clients are used to our pricing. •    Customers are...

When is the last time you reviewed the lease on your business premises? When you signed it years ago?  There are some important reasons that should prompt a business owner to revisit the terms of his lease. If you can’t assign your lease to a...

A recent survey asked leading business brokers and intermediaries: What is the seller’s biggest obstacle to selling the business? In other words, why do business owners who are considering selling fail to follow through? Seller’s Biggest Obstacle to Selling The answers to this question were revealing, fascinating...