Niche Market Exit Planning Tips
Selling an Becoming an Artificial Flowers and Trees Supplier
Don't believe anyone who tells you it's easy to sell an artificial flowers and trees supplier. A lot of things need to happen before you can successfully exit your business. But with a few tips, you can keep your shirt and your sanity in the sale of your business.
The economy isn't the only thing that is uncertain these days. So are artificial flowers and trees supplier buyers, many of whom are waiting to pull the trigger on their next acquisition.
Nothing lasts forever and you will ultimately be faced with the task of selling your company. When that happens, your future plans will be dependent on your ability to receive the highest possible sale price for your artificial flowers and trees supplier.
Signs You're in Over Your Head
Many artificial flowers and trees supplier 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.
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. In our experience, the most successful sales are ones in which the seller has made an intentional effort to remain objective and set realistic expectations. A business broker can be a valuable resource in right-sizing your expectations and preparing you for market realities.
Capital is hard to come by these days. Banks and other lending institutions aren't eager to lend to unproven and undercapitalized artificial flowers and trees supplier buyers regardless of the business's potential. Rather than abandon their plans entirely, many buyers are pursuing finance concessions from sellers. It's common for sellers to finance as much as 70% of the purchase price with a payoff period of four or five years, sometimes in the form of a balloon payment at the end of the repayment period.
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