June 6, 2020  
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Selling a Fraternal Orders Business

The decision to sell your fraternal orders business isn't something that should be taken lightly, especially these days. If a business exit is on the horizon, you'll want to check out our suggestions for staying ahead of the market.

When it comes to selling a fraternal orders business, there are no shortcuts to success.
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Many business owners don't know that fraternal orders businesses are still a hot commodity, to the extent that sellers have properly prepared them for the marketplace.

Negotiation Teams

It's not unusual for fraternal orders business sellers to feel overwhelmed when they negotiate the sale of their business. Negotiation is a chess game, best played with the resources and backend support of a negotiation team. A negotiation team comprised of trusted advisors and senior business leaders is essential in helping you devise a winning negotiation strategy. More importantly, a negotiation team can serve as a sounding board -- an objective presence that prohibits your personal emotions from clouding your judgment or sabotaging your efforts to negotiate a successful deal.

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.

How to Choose a Business Broker

Good business brokers inevitably produce better business sales. During the selection process, look for brokers with a proven track record of successful fraternal orders business sales. Take our word for it -- fraternal orders businesses are unique businesses and you need a broker who understands how to properly market your fraternal orders business to prospective buyers. The best brokers should also come with a list of references, a demonstrable track record and a proven plan for selling fraternal orders businesses.

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