Dire economic forecasts have forced many boating instruction business sellers into hibernation. Instead of listing their companies now, they're hanging back until they see signs of an economic recovery.
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Fortunately for sellers, forward-thinking entrepreneurs continue to be attracted to boating instruction businesses that exhibit strong financials and potential for future growth.
Current Market Conditions
No one plans to sell a boating instruction business in a down economy. So far, government intervention and promises that the economy is slowly recovering haven't been enough to alleviate many entrepreneur's fears. Despite the risks, sellers need to be cognizant of the fact that there is a large volume of boating instruction businesses waiting to be listed until the economy rebounds. When that happens, the buyers' market will become even stronger and have a negative impact on prices. So what's our point? The economy isn't the most important factor in the sale of your business. Instead, you should be focusing on making your boating instruction business as attractive as possible so to buyers right now.
When to End Negotiations
Negotiations have a way of dragging on forever. There are countless details that need to be hammered out before a Letter of Intent can be prepared and the process can move on to the due diligence stage. As the seller, you'll be on the front lines of negotiation and will need to know when it's time to bring negotiations to an end. A lull in negotiations may be part of the buyer's strategy. Then again, it may be a sign that the search for common ground is a lost cause. At this point in the process, an awareness of negotiation parameters really pays off. If the buyer is unwilling to accept your minimum demands, it's time to end negotiations and move on to the next prospect.
Signs You're in Over Your Head
Many boating instruction business are tempted to save brokerage fees by selling their businesses on their own. Although there are exceptions, solo sales typically take longer and are less productive than brokered sales. As a rule, no business should sit on the market for more than six months without attracting the interest of at least a handful of qualified buyers. When buyers fail to exhibit substantive interest, it could indicate unrealistic pricing or an inferior selling strategy. Hire a broker and conduct a professional appraisal ASAP.
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