You won't find any magic formulas for selling a firewood business, especially while the market is struggling to overcome the perceptions created by a down economy.
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For sellers who are willing to perform adequate sale preparation, the numbers make firewood businesses a solid investment for qualified buyers in the business-for-sale marketplace.
Benefits of Third-Party Assistance
Rarely, if ever, do owners sell a firewood business without outside assistance. Brokers can be an important resource for your sale, especially if you are unfamiliar with the business-for-sale marketplace. Other early hires include the professionals you will need to valuate the business, prepare financial statements and navigate legal considerations. In most cases, your sale strategy will call for the assistance of outside professionals at various stages throughout the process. Early recruitment makes it easier to execute your strategy without unnecessary interruptions.
Family Business Sale Tips
The idea of passing a business along to a family member sounds idyllic to many business owners. in reality, a family-based firewood business sale can be more complicated than selling to a stranger. In fact, selling your firewood business to a family member can quickly become a no-win proposition. Whether you offer the family member special concessions or not, either the buyer or other family members may take offense. Although it may seem odd, a sale to a family member can take longer than a sale to a stranger because it may take time to work through family issues prior to closing.
Current Market Conditions
Today's firewood business sellers face an intimidating economic landscape. 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. Like it or not, the time to sell your firewood business may be right now, as long as your willing to adequately prepare your business for the marketplace.
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