November 21, 2019  
 
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Selling a Locomotives Business

It's a misconception that no one is buying locomotives businesses these days. Savvy entrepreneurs see locomotives business opportunities as a path to short-term profits and long-term growth. There aren't any guarantees, but if you adhere to fundamental business sale concepts, you can likely get a good price for your business.

Personal and professional concerns surround the sale of a locomotives business. In our experience, a common owner concern is how the sale will affect customers and employees.
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However, serious buyers also understand the value of a good locomotives business. So for locomotives business sellers, today's market is all about convincing buyers that the numbers make their companies worth the asking price.

How to Identify Prospective Buyers

Whether you know it or not, prospective buyers for your locomotives business are all around you. In fact, there is a good chance you already know several individuals or companies that might be interested in buying your business for a decent price. Although some locomotives business sellers advertise their businesses in general classifieds, the most successful sales are those in which professional brokers seek out likely buyers. If possible, steer clear of selling to a competitor if for no other reason than the fact that competitors pay less for locomotives businesses than other buyers.

Pros & Cons of a Sale to an Employee

There are both benefits and drawbacks to selling a locomotives business to an employee. A faithful employee may have the motivation and ability to continue to operate the business. If you need to sell quickly, the timeframe is condensed in an employee sale because you don't need to track down a buyer. However, some employees feel they are entitled to special treatment and pricing, especially if they have played a key role in the company's success. A seller-financed deal may be necessary unless the employee has significant assets or investor backing.

Maximizing Sales Price

There are no simple ways to sell a locomotives business. If you don't know what you're doing, your business could languish on the market for months or even years. Fortunately, a business broker can minimize the impact on your bank account and personal well-being. Seller fatigue is a real concern - if your business sits on the market too long, you will be tempted to sell below your expectations. So what's the lesson? In most cases, hiring a business broker is one of the best things you can do to maximize sales price.

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