January 22, 2021  
 
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Selling a Movie Collectibles Business

Few entrepreneurs relish the idea of selling a business in a struggling economy. Yet movie collectibles businesses continue to be sold at a brisk pace, outperforming the sales of many other types of businesses.

Business-for-sale markets are less dependent on economic conditions than most sellers think they are.
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There is no simple way to sell a business. But the most prepared movie collectibles business sellers are achieving fair market value and more for their companies through persistence and the application of sound selling techniques.

Preparing for What's Next

The decision to sell your movie collectibles business can't be made without adequate consideration of what will happen after the sale. many sellers find themselves ill-equipped to handle life after their business and fail to understand that their future plans can influence the sale process. For example, seller financing can be an extremely valuable concession, especially in the current economy. But if you need all of the proceeds of the sale upfront, seller financing is off the table and you'll need to find a different way to make your movie collectibles business attractive to buyers.

Signs You're in Over Your Head

Many movie collectibles business are tempted to save brokerage fees by selling their businesses on their own. Without brokerage, the risk of your sale going off-course is increased. As a rule, no business should sit on the market for more than six months without attracting the interest of at least a handful of qualified buyers. When buyers fail to exhibit substantive interest, it could indicate unrealistic pricing or an inferior selling strategy. The remedy is professional brokerage or a consultation with more experienced sellers.

Business Valuation

Multiple valuation methods exist for a movie collectibles business. While the income method uses anticipated revenues as a value basis, the asset method focuses on the company's capital, real estate and intellectual assets. In many sales, the most accurate valuation comes from the market method which determines value based on the recent sales of similar businesses. As a safeguard, consider conducting appraisals using variations of multiple appraisal methods. Sellers should take note of the fact that all three valuation methods reward businesses that takes steps to increase assets and income.

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