With negative economic news grabbing the headlines, business owners are inclined to believe that it is not a good time to sell their company and that they will have to put their retirement plans on hold. While this rationale makes sense for some, waiting for better economic times does not necessarily equate to a higher value when the business is sold. The reality is, in many instances, the business value declines during this delay because the owner is not as energetic and gung ho as in previous years and the business starts retiring before the owner does. This usually results in less revenues and a lower bottom line. Consequently, the business owner can lose several years of retirement yet not add any additional value to their net worth. The sale of a profitable company in this environment is a viable strategy for business owners who are ready to sell. Value is dynamic and proper timing makes a big difference in the prices paid for business acquisitions. Quality sells in any economic environment and p ...

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