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Based on our experience, we can provide you with a value range that you are likely to achieve in the current market so you can make an informed decision as to whether to pursue a sale of the business now or delay to a future date.

Selling a Business is about Process and Knowledge

You are the heart of American commerce. You are a small business owner. You've built your business up over time.  We recognize and applaud your achievements.  We are much like you in that nearly all of us have walked in your shoes by owning and running a company ourselves. Now you are considering letting go.   You are considering your options for selling the business.  You understand the importance of confidentiality and wonder how you can market your business without disclosing sensitive information prematurely, or disturbing the status quo.  Your trusted advisers, such as your CPA, have helped you manage your business to minimize your tax liabilities.  Now, however, you wonder if the income statements negatively impact your eventual asking price for the business.  You wonder if you could discreetly line up a buyer yourself.  Problem is, you know what you don't know.  You know about running your business, but in your heart you know this deal is the deal of your life.  You need to know you're getting the best possible exposure and price.  You need to know how to qualify your buyer prospects and their offers. You don't have the time or resources for a misfire.

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Run Your Private Company Like It's Public and Get Top Dollar When You Sell Your Business

Small businesses often operate as if their sole purpose is to fund the owner’s lifestyle, but the most valuable companies are run with financial rigor. You may be years from wanting to sell your business, but starting to formalize the operations now will help you build the future value of your business. Then, when it comes time to approach the market and put your business up for sale, you’ll fetch more for what you’ve built. Learn how to get top dollar when selling your business.

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Value Driver #9: Barriers to Competitive Entry (Business Moat)

Circumstances that give a business an advantage over its competitors, strengthen its strategic position, or can be leveraged for future gain boosts business value. Why? Because it increases the probability of the continued future profitability of the business and decreases perceived risk by prospective buyers.

As with all value drivers, it’s about risk. Lower risk achieves higher value. Buyers will pay a premium price for a business that has barriers to competitive entry.

 

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The Difficult Issues Often Attached To Valuing A Business

There is little doubt that valuing a business is often complex.  In part, this complexity is due to the fact that business evaluation is subjective.  The simple fact is that the value of a business is often left to the mercy of the person conducting the evaluation.  Adding yet another level of complexity is the fact that the person conducting the valuation has no choice but to assume that all the information provided is, in fact, correct and accurate.

In this article, we will explore the six key issues that must be considered when determining the value of a business.  As you will see, determining the value of a business involves taking in several factors.

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Growing a Landscaping or Lawn Care Business That You Can Sell

This checklist outlines the most important variables that impact business value specific to landscaping and lawn care companies. Groom your business to achieve maximum value before putting it up for sale. 

Build a management team:  A business is more valuable if the owner is not the landscaper, the mower, the weeder, or the sidewalk edger.  If you have management and supervisory staff in place overseeing the crews, your business will be more valuable and much easier to sell. Don't be an owner-driven operation. Build your business so anyone can run it. The more important you are to your business, the less your business will be worth. Additionally, building your company so anyone can run it vastly opens up the universe of buyers that can purchase the business.

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Own The Property? How Is The Real Estate Handled When Selling Your Business?

No matter how the real estate is held, many owners desire to sell the real estate with the business. There's only one problem. Many buyers that will want to acquire your business will not have the capital to also acquire the real estate.  Or they may feel that parking a significant investment in real estate makes a large portion of their investment capital unavailable for growing their new enterprise.  The ideal scenario that creates the largest buyer pool is for the seller to offer the real estate for sale or for lease at the option of the buyer.

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What Drives The Value of a Restaurant?

The valuation of a restaurant is much like any other business valuation. But, there are certain factors unique to the restaurant industry. The universal drivers for many restaurants are pretty simple: quality, hospitality, consistency, value, cleanliness, and customer loyalty. 

You may have heard the saying that the three most important ingredients for a successful business are location, location and location. Obviously, there are other factors which are very important as well, but you cannot compromise on location.

In a 2005 publication of Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly, the authors noted how successful owners were able to describe their concepts - and why people like it - in great detail - those unique reasons why people choose their restaurant over their competitor.

1. Location, Location, Location

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How Goodwill Impacts Business Value

Identifying and articulating the goodwill in your business can have a significant impact on buisness value. Essentially, goodwill is the life force of the business. Tangible assets are just “stuff."

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Master Ten Value Drivers to Sell Your Business at the Highest Price

Evaluate your company through the eyes of a buyer. Master these ten value drivers and sell at the higher range of the multiples normally associated with your industry.

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Buying a Business - What is the Value of Goodwill for a Buyer?

Since the biggest part of the purchase price of a profitable small business is goodwill, it is important for a buyer to have knowledge and understanding of just what goodwill is and why there is value in it. Much of the value of a business is not to be found in its hard assets such as the fixtures and equipment, but in the intangibles that create the income. A simple way to describe goodwill is the difference between the current market value of the tangible assets of the business and the total value of the business.

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