The time may be near where you are thinking you want to move along to a new business challenge.
In the event you are at such a point and time, what might the new challenge end up being?
If you own a business now, are you contemplating a move on from a startup or a business you had bought years ago? Doing such a thing can be a little scary, but it can also be one of the best choices you ever make.
That said what is selling your business going to look like and will you be successful at it?
Making a Successful Sale a Reality
In your quest to sell your company and come up with a new business challenge, here are some areas of focus:
- What price do you want for your business? – Having a firm sense of what would be an acceptable offer for your company is key. That said you want to know what businesses for sale that are like your company are going for these days. Having that knowledge in the back of your mind is critical. The last thing you want to have happen is you get an offer. That is you accept it and it is much below what you could get for your business. Know your company’s finances, earnout structures in a pending buy, what the market is bearing and so on.
- Will anyone besides you be affected on a sale? – As important as it is for you to get the sales price you want, who else can be affected by a sale? For instance, do you have workers on your payroll? If the answer is yes, knowing how a sale will impact their lives is important. When you do have employees, be as upfront as you can with them on a possible sale. One possibility might be they are included in any sales talk. That is a new owner or owners would offer them jobs. This could be a win-win for all involved. That is due to the fact that the employees know how the company runs. As a result, new ownership might like having such continuity remain in place. For those employees agreeing to go and work for new ownership, it means they keep their jobs. Also think about your customer base and how selling can have an impact to some degree on their lives.
- Writing the next chapter in your business life – If you do in fact sell the company, what plans do you have next? If retirement is an option, you might well decide now is the time to go for it. There might also be the possibility of buying another company. Still yet may be a thought of going to work for someone else. Doing this takes some pressure off your shoulders. That is because you do not have to make all the big decisions that an owner does.
As you look for a new business challenge, what might be in the cards for you sooner than later?