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Confidentiality Agreement - A pact that forbids buyers, sellers, and their agents in a given business deal from disclosing information about the transaction to others. It is common practice for the seller, or his or her intermediary, to require a prospective buyer to sign a confidentiality...

…….What a "loaded" question you may think, but the reality is that almost no business owner and their business reach the qualifications of "Ready to Sell" without professional assistance from a qualified individual. Getting your business and yourself,  as the business owner "ready to sell", takes...

Are you a Certified and Registered Broker/Intermediary? Are you affiliated with any business brokerage associations or trade groups? Will you provide any references? (Sellers, Attorneys, etc.) How will you determine how much I should ask for my business? Will you display my business on any Internet sites? If so,...

BUYERS WANT CASH FLOW Recasting financial statements will help you provide a potential buyer with a better view of cash flow.  Cash flow is not the same as profit.  All potential buyers will want to see the income tax returns, profit and loss statement, owner compensations,...

Your reason(s) for selling your business and your future goals need to be clear and well thought out before you try to market your business.  A prospective buyer will want to know why you are selling and may be curious about what you intend to...

Increasing the price of your products or services is, in most cases, the most difficult decision a business owner has to make. Looking at the negatives is easy. •    Our business is too competitive to increase prices. •    Our customers/clients are used to our pricing. •    Customers are...

When is the last time you reviewed the lease on your business premises? When you signed it years ago?  There are some important reasons that should prompt a business owner to revisit the terms of his lease. If you can’t assign your lease to a...

The obvious answer is probably that most people are looking to buy a business that makes a lot of money. But the real answers may surprise you. Here is a list of just a few that buyers have mentioned: •    Pride of ownership •    A business that...

A recent survey asked leading business brokers and intermediaries: What is the seller’s biggest obstacle to selling the business? In other words, why do business owners who are considering selling fail to follow through? Seller’s Biggest Obstacle to Selling The answers to this question were revealing, fascinating...

You’re considering selling your business.  Your accountant or financial advisor has reviewed your profit and loss statement, and told you what he or she thinks your business is worth. Is this a valid figure? Do the numbers reflect the real value of your business? Below...