Is It Time to Sell Your Business?

Business Appraisal

Knowing when to sell a business is a difficult decision for any business owner. Often this question of when is invariably tied to why it may be time to sell a business. If you are just beginning to ask yourself if it's time to think about selling, the following tips may be able to help you decide if the time is right for you to sell.

Is Your Heart Still In It?

Many business owners have to grapple with the issue of their own personal passion for the business. If your heart is still into building your business, you might not be ready. If you feel you've got nothing more to give and you're beginning to emotionally disconnect, you might be ready to take some real steps toward selling your business.

How's the Market?

During an economic downturn, one might feel hesitant to list a business for sale. However, be sure to do some homework. It could be that your type of business is still a hot commodity. A business broker may even have a list of interested parties who want to buy a business such as yours. You don't know, however, until you ask and find out as much as you can about the market and you business's place in it.

Will You Get a Good Deal?

Many sellers are anxious to hang on to their businesses unless they can get the great deal they're hoping for. It's only natural to want to be rewarded financially for all the hard work you put into the business. Again, this is where a business broker can shine. You can discuss what you are looking for in terms of a deal and go from there. You broker can help you value your business and assets in order to arrive at an optimum sale price.

Many business owners may struggle for months wondering if the time is right. The best thing to do is investigate the market with the help of a broker when you feel that you might be ready to sell. You might be pleasantly surprised in the end with the deal you are able to secure.

Sources: "" Business Appraisal Management & Business Valuation Services. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 June 201


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