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Selling Your Business is a Taxing Matter - How Much Will You Bring Home

While the first question a business owner asks is, "What kind of price can I expect in the marketplace if I sell my business," the real question is not the price paid for the business, but how much will you take home. The Federal Tax Laws determine how much money you will actually be able to put in the bank. How your business is legally formed can be important in determining your tax status when selling your business. For example: Is your business a corporation, partnership or proprietorship? If you are incorporated, is the business a C corporation or a sub-chapter S corporation? There are some tax rules that impact certain businesses on seller financing. The point of this tip is that before you consider price or even selling your business, it is important that you discuss the tax implications of a sale of your business with a tax advisor that is experienced in business transfer transactions. A business broker will be able to recognize potential problems and can refer you to ...

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Key Characteristics of Successful Business Owners

Some people are just born with it!

These are traits that successful business owners commonly share. Above all, however, business owners need to have strategic thinking skills, time management skills, and know the job.

No one can embody all these traits if they are part of the human species, but varying degrees of these characteristics is the stuff that success is made of.

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Tip #26: Business Owner Burnout. Overcome or Sell!

Lost Interest or Drive in Your Business? Consider Selling Now.

Many business owners have operated their companies for too long and have lost their interest or drive. As a result, the business may flounder or stop growing. Not only will revenues and profits suffer, the value of the company will as well. And it only gets worse in a down economy. When a business owner hits burnout, he or she must overcome or take steps to sell the company. Click here for "Inc. Magazine Article - Overcoming Burnout."

Tip #21 - The Lease Can Make or Break the Sale of a Business

The lease terms of the business space can be a major consideration for a buyer. For example, a distribution company with a long-term lease on a good location can be attractive. But a long-term lease on a business needing more space to grow could be a detriment. Or, there can be concerns about an expiring lease when the landlord might demand a large increase. When it comes time to negotiate a new lease, business owners must carefully think through the timing of their plans for exiting their business.

Other Aspects of Your Lease that Should be Reviewed Before Selling.

Tip #25: Excessive Personal Expenses Can Jeopardize Business Value

Burying excessive personal expenses in the business financials can lower business value!

The most popular method of valuing a business uses a multiple of earnings over a period of years. Business owners should be aware of that while attempting to reduce the bottom line with personal expenses to minimize taxes. Though there are a number of deductions that may be added back to determine true cash flow, not all add-backs are considered legitimate by buyers or lenders. Being too aggressive in minimizing taxes today may cost a business owner big dollars at closing.

Tip #13: Keeping Up With Technology Adds Value to Your Business

Not all businesses need to have cutting edge technology, but a company can't fall too far behind. Buyers will be concerned if they must make a large investment in the latest technology to get the company to a competitive level. A business owner should do the research and purchase the necessary technology to keep the company on par in its industry or be prepared to accept a lesser value for the business.

Also see: A Strong Online Presence Adds Value

Tip #16 - What About That Big Customer

Diversify Your Customer Base Before You Sell Your Business

Many companies have a few large customers that dominate their overall sales. After all, nobody wants to turn down business! But when it comes time to sell the company, this becomes a huge problem. Most buyers won't look at a business whose revenues could drop dramatically from the possible loss of one or more of those customers. Business owners have to find a way to diversify their customer base before they ever decide to sell their business.

Core Principles That Increase Business Value

Small business owners often run their companies and treat their employees like a family — which has cultural meaning. A successful small business 'family' has clear core principles and goals that directly impact growth. When we talk of a strong "corporate culture," that’s what we’re talking about, shared values, shared goals, and a single vision directed from the top. If the culture fosters revenue generation that is repeatable under new ownership, the business is more valuable and will bring a higher price when it is time to sell. According to a new Bain & Company 10-year study of more than 2,000 companies, there are five key principles that the most successful companies had in common. These principles help companies create a repeatable formula to stay focused on what really makes them profitable: Principle #1—having a well-defined core to your business, and understanding how you have made it work for you Principle #2—having up to 10 non-negotiable principl ...

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Gap Analysis - How to Strike Your Business Goal

Setting goals and achieving them are so important in every aspect of business, but many businesspeople and entrepreneurs do not pay enough attention to the gap between where they are and where they want to be. Gap analysis is the process of looking at the difference between your goal and where you currently are. Typically, when entrepreneurs look at the various goals they want to achieve, they often evaluate them incorrectly. If the strategic goal of a firm is to have sales of $15 million for 2010, the focus is on the wrong metric. Rather than focusing on total sales, the emphasis should be on the gap between the $12 million in sales they had in 2009 and the $15 million in sales they want to achieve in 2010. The $3 million shortfall is the performance gap, and gap analysis focuses on that amount as opposed to the total $15 million, presenting a much clearer picture of what must be done to achieve the goal. This approach assumes that everything required to maintain the current $12 million sales level is als ...

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Understated Inventory When Selling a Business

Reporting a lower inventory to their accountant is something many business owners have been doing for a long time. And many accountants just accept the number. In addition to the obvious concerns, when it comes to selling the business, big problems can arise. How will the inventory be valued in the Purchase Allocations? And who is going to have to pay the various taxes on the larger amount? Business owners should give their accountants an accurate inventory value each year to avoid troubles at the closing table!

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