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Basically, there are three major negotiation methods. 1. Take it or leave it. A buyer makes an offer or a seller makes a counter-offer – both sides can let the “chips fall where they may.” 2. Split the difference. The buyer and seller, one or the other, or both,...

Due diligence is generally considered an activity that takes place as part of the selling process. It might be wise to take a look at the business from a buyer’s perspective in performing due diligence as part of an annual review of the business.  Performing...

A solid, factual and compelling offering memorandum maximizes the chances of not only selling a business, but obtaining the highest possible price.  An offering memorandum is also referred to as the selling memorandum, a confidential descriptive memorandum, or simply as “the book.” The memorandum, regardless...

A January 2004 survey conducted by the DAK Group/Rutgers found the following breakdown of why businesses are for sale: Reasons To Sell Risk reduction      44% Competition or market changes   41% External pressures     27% Lifestyle factors (age, health, etc.)   14% Lack of capital      9% Ownership/management issues  07% Note: Multiple responses allowed;  Source: DAK Group/Rutgers It is interesting to note that...

The closing is the formal transfer of a business. It usually also represents the successful culmination of many months of hard work, extensive negotiations, lots of give and take, and ultimately a satisfactory meeting of the minds.  The document governing the closing is the Purchase...

Many business owners would like to receive all-cash for their business when selling. And yet they are often told that this is really not possible. Why? Most people are accustomed to financing just about everything - home, car, vacation home, even college for their children....

In the practical sense, when selling a business, goodwill is all the hard work and effort the seller has put into the business over the years. When acquiring a business, goodwill is the difference between the tangible assets and the purchase price. Goodwill value should not...

"Confidentiality Agreement - A pact that forbids buyers, sellers, and their agents in a given business deal from disclosing information about the transaction to others." The M&A Dictionary It is common practice for the seller, or his or her intermediary, to require a prospective buyer to sign...

The following might be a subtitle for this true account of how one deal was put together: "In spite of everything, you need only one buyer - the right one!" (Although the details are factual, names and financial data are fictional.) The company (let's call it...

When it comes time to sell the company, a seller's prime concern is one of confidentiality. Owners are afraid that "if the word gets out" they will lose employees, customers and suppliers. Not to downplay confidentiality, but these incidents seldom happen if the process is...

"The most successful integrations were directed by people who placed the common good of the combined organization and its customers before all else." From: The Mergers & Acquisitions Handbook. By now, most business owners are familiar with the problems created by the merger of Daimler, the German...

A sellers memorandum includes all those points one would normally expect to see in any business plan, to wit: an executive summary, a business description, financial requirements, target market niche, identification of top management, an operations review, analysis of strengths and weaknesses, and current financial...

How long does it take to sell my business? It generally takes, on average, between five to eight months to sell most businesses. Keep in mind that an average is just that. Some businesses will take longer to sell, while others will sell in a shorter...

You, as the seller, are an integral part of the total marketing program. We would like to offer a few friendly recommendations that will help in the marketing efforts. It might also be helpful if you took a good look at your business from the perspective...

If you've gone this far, then selling your business has aroused enough curiosity that you are taking the first step. You don't have to make a commitment at this point; you are just getting informed about what is necessary to successfully sell your business. This...