These days, the small and medium-sized business market is more confusing than ever before. Capital is scarce and many buyers simply can't afford the entry requirements for a graphics services business.
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You'll always have an excuse for not putting your business on the market. Any graphics services business can be sold at any time -- you just need to know how to influence the right buyers.
Hiring an Attorney
It's obvious that you're going to need to hire an attorney to finalize the sale of your graphics services business. Competent legal counsel ensures that the sale documents are in proper order. Furthermore, a good lawyers provides the counsel necessary to navigate the tax and liability issues that surround a business sale. It's helpful to introduce your attorney to your broker to facilitate a smooth sale and a productive working relationship.
Laying the Groundwork
Effective graphics services business preparation focuses on communicating value to prospective buyers. A first-rate business broker can give your business an edge by facilitating the preparation process and orienting your presentation toward today's buyers. At a minimum, you'll want to position your business to receive the highest possible sale price, prepare a packet for prospective buyers and perform an initial appraisal before you put your graphics services business on the market.
Sellers aren't the only ones who can make concessions in a business sale. In many instances, sellers can request buyer concessions. Although this scenario frequently plays out around seller financed deals, it's possible to push for a higher sales price or other form of compensation if you agree to mentor the buyer for a specified period of time. Asset exclusions, retained ownership shares and long-term contracts with another of the seller's companies can also be leveraged to extract concessions from buyers.
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