So you’re ready to sell your business and you probably have plenty of questions that need to be accomplished in order to sell your business successfully. With many baby boomers retiring every day, there’s a broader section of the population contemplating selling their business. In fact, in the next 20 years, it’s expected that more than 3 million businesses will be sold as a result of retirees who own and operate around 3.5 million businesses across the United States. It is important to think about the various components of selling your business and some people will be caught off guard by all that it entails, particularly if they do not retain a business broker at the outset of their relationship. One of the first things that you should do as a business owner is relying on a strong team of trusted advisors. The process of selling your company can induce a lot of stress, but you need to remember that as the owner you don’t have to go through this on your own. In fact, you can make up a team based on your individual concerns and interests. This doesn’t mean that you need to have 15 different professionals working with you as you sell your company since the construction of your team will be different for everyone. However, it’s a good idea to have mergers and acquisitions attorneys, accountants, wealth managers, and business brokers to help guide you through the process of selling your company.
There are many different complexities involved in carrying out a final deal and having a complimentary deal specialist who has knowledge in the industry or type of business you’re selling can go a long way towards easing your fears and helping you feel more accomplished and prepared for this process.
Deals specialists might also come in the form of investment bankers or business brokers. However, it’s important to feel comfortable as the seller that you are confident in the people who have joined your individual teams. Deals can be very intense, and sellers will spend a lot of time with certain people in their professional team, such as their business broker. You also need to feel that the professionals that you have hired do have your best interests in mind.
Business brokers might choose to take a more personalized approach based on their extensive experience in the industry. Recognize that this requires a very thoughtful approach to what is likely the biggest transaction in your life and so the goal should not only be maximizing price for your situation. Each individual business owner will have different reasons for deciding to depart from their company and may also have unique definitions of what a good outcome looks like for them.
A knowledgeable business broker can help guide you to this and define these goals upfront. And you must be willing to answer a lot of tough questions to get to this point. Schedule a consultation with our knowledgeable business brokers today to learn more about how we can help you accomplish your unique goals.