Exit Planning Tips
Selling a Hydrostatic Testing Business
Don't believe anyone who tells you it's easy to sell a hydrostatic testing business. A lot of things need to happen before you can successfully exit your business. Good advice can be hard to come by, so we've put together a few proven suggestions to help you see your sale through to a profitable conclusion.
Despite your best intentions, great business sales don't happen overnight.
You'll always have an excuse for not putting your business on the market. Any hydrostatic testing business can be sold at any time -- you just need to know how to influence the right buyers.
Objectivity is a rare commodity in a business sale. Your estimate of your company's worth is probably skewed by your emotions and your close, personal connection to the business. Although it may be a hard pill to swallow, you need to find a way to introduce objectivity into your sale. A business broker can be a valuable resource in right-sizing your expectations and preparing you for market realities.
As a business owner, you want to keep you employees informed about your plans; as a seller it's in your best interest to keep your employees in the dark for as long as possible. You're concerned about confidentiality, and rightfully so. If you keep your employees out of the loop too long, it's inevitable that misinformation will filter throughout your workplace. So at some point you will have to resign yourself to the idea of telling some or all of your employees that you have listed the hydrostatic testing business on the market. Your employees will undoubtedly have many questions about their future with the company. Try to answer their questions to the best of your ability, but avoid making any promises that you are not authorized to make.
Advantages of Hiring a Broker
Brokers give hydrostatic testing business sellers distinct advantages in the marketplace. First-rate brokers are extremely skilled at communicating your company's strengths to prospective buyers. Second, a good business broker is a master at confidentiality locating hydrostatic testing business sale prospects and guiding sellers through negotiations. Typical brokerage rates (a.k.a. success fees) run 10% of the final price - an expense that is usually recouped through a higher sales price and less time on the market.
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