February 15, 2020  
 
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Selling an Instrumental Music Instruction Business

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

Business buyers are a timid lot, even more so now that they are facing an uncertain economic landscape.
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Most instrumental music instruction businesses are good business opportunities, a fact that is not going unnoticed by today's discerning buyers.

Professional Appraisals

Next to your broker, a skilled appraiser is the person most capable of adding value to the price of your instrumental music instruction business. Leading industry appraisers equip sellers with a value gauge that can be accessed during negotiations. If you're disappointed with the appraiser's estimate of your company's worth, you have the option of seeking a second opinion. However, it's more often the case that you will need to adjust your expectations of your business's value to buyers.

Seller Financing

Capital is hard to come by these days. Financial institutions have tightened up their lending policies, making it difficult for inexperienced and undercapitalized entrepreneurs to buy instrumental music instruction businesses. As a result, buyers expect sellers to finance a significant portion of the sale. Although 100% seller financing isn't recommended, sellers are financing up to 70% of the sale price to close deals.

Current Market Conditions

Today's instrumental music instruction business sellers face an intimidating economic landscape. So far, government intervention and promises that the economy is slowly recovering haven't been enough to alleviate many entrepreneur's fears. However, many business sellers don't realize that a full economic rebound can have devastating consequences, particularly if sellers who have waited to list their businesses suddenly create a glut in the business-for-sale marketplace. So what's our point? The economy isn't the most important factor in the sale of your business. Instead, you should be focusing on making your instrumental music instruction business as attractive as possible so to buyers right now.

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