Business buyers are a timid lot, even more so now that they are facing an uncertain economic landscape.
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Yet what many sellers don't appreciate is that a down economy can present the perfect opportunity to sell a clothes line equipment and supplies business.
Maximizing Sales Price
There are no simple ways to sell a clothes line equipment and supplies business. If you don't know what you're doing, your business could languish on the market for months or even years. Many sellers find that hiring a business broker makes the demands of a sale much more tolerable. If you try to sell your business without a broker, your time will be consumed by the details of the sale. Subsequently, you'll be distracted from the demands of your auto supply store, business will suffer, and the sale price you receive for your company will be dramatically reduced. 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.
How to Identify Prospective Buyers
Many sellers don't realize how many prospective buyers there are for their businesses. We frequently see qualified buyers emerge from the seller's network of business and personal acquaintances. In other cases, sellers take a proactive approach to finding likely buyers and contacting them directly. Competitors may seem like natural prospects and they are. The downside is that they won't pay top dollar and will probably absorb your company into their own.
Selling to a Family Member
Selling a business to a family member might sound like the best of both worlds. You get an exit strategy, your clothes line equipment and supplies business stays in the family, and everyone is happy. Yeah, right. Often, a sale to a family member creates fractures within the family. Whether you offer the family member special concessions or not, either the buyer or other family members may take offense. If possible, discuss a long-term, generational transition with the entire family and seek the advice of a professional consultant.
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