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Selling a Campus Ministries Business

Most businesses are susceptible to economic conditions and campus ministries businesses are no exception. But in some cases, a down economy can actually improve saleability. All it takes is a strategy to identify solid prospects and convert them to buyers.

Although we're optimistic about the economy, we also recognize that it takes the right strategy to sell a campus ministries business in today's market.

Qualified buyers are constantly looking for attractive campus ministries businesses. Not surprisingly, buyers expect to receive value for their dollars - and that means sellers need to demonstrate that their businesses are capable of delivering anticipated returns.

Equipment and Inventory Concerns

Buyers typically perform an independent appraisal of your campus ministries business's real assets. Your appraisal should occur before you put your business on the market. A professional appraisal is a necessity because it gives you the information you need to negotiate a sale price. During your appraisal process, you should also note the condition of your assets. Cost-effective repairs can then be made before your list your campus ministries business.

Working with Accountants

Accountants lay the financial groundwork for a business sale. From a seller perspective, an accountant can offer personal financial assistance, especially when it comes to handling the disposition of sale proceeds. You may also want your accountant to assist in the preparation of professional financials to present to serious buyers. In certain instances, it may be appropriate to ask your accountant to vet the financials of prospective buyers, run credit checks or even structure the terms of a seller-financed deal.

Current Market Conditions

No one plans to sell a campus ministries 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. However, many business sellers don't realize that a full economic rebound can have devastating consequences, particularly if sellers who have waited to list their businesses suddenly create a glut in the business-for-sale marketplace. The simple truth is that the economy shouldn't dictate whether or not now is the right time to sell a campus ministries business. Your individual circumstances and personal goals are more influential factors in determining when it's time to put your business on the market.

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