Niche Market Exit Planning Tips
Selling a Boat and Yacht Management Services Business
Is the economy still a little shaky for a business sale? Sure it is. Yet boat and yacht management services businesses haven't heard the news and are reporting steady action on the business-for-sale market.
Business sellers are notorious for second-guessing themselves about the right time to put their companies up for sale.
If you're ready to move on, now is the right time to sell your boat and yacht management services business.
Advantages of Hiring a Broker
Brokers give boat and yacht management services business sellers distinct advantages in the marketplace. Right out of the gate, brokers know how to help their clients properly prepare their businesses for a sale. More importantly, brokers have the ability to identify serious buyers and maintain confidentiality throughout the sale process. Typical brokerage rates (a.k.a. success fees) run 10% of the final price - an expense that is usually recouped through a higher sales price and less time on the market.
As a business seller, you have to be at the top of your negotiating game. More often than not, the person with the most knowledge will come out on top in a boat and yacht management services business negotiation. But great negotiation begins with knowing yourself. What is the realistic price range for your boat and yacht management services business? What is the minimum amount you're willing to settle on? Are you willing to offer seller financing or other concessions to close the deal? If you can't answer these questions, you're simply not ready to sit down at the negotiation table yet. If you aren't sure what you need, put negotiations on hold until you gain a clearer understanding of your own deal parameters.
Average Preparation Time
Preparing a boat and yacht management services business sale takes time. Buyers want to see growth trends, healthy profits and other variables that increase the likelihood of long-term success. Next, the business will need to be documented in professional financial statements and manuals that facilitate the ownership transition. Since all of this takes time and effort, a boat and yacht management services business can rarely be ready for the marketplace in less than six months. A more likely scenario is that it will take more than a year to create the conditions necessary to receive the maximum sale price.
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