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Bob Hughes Answers: What Is The Goodwill Of Your Business?

Bob Hughes On Goodwill Selling A BusinessGoodwill is what a business owner has built into his business over the years that include:  Reputation, Telephone number, Logos or trademarks, Customer lists, Vender list, Branding, Lease value, Web page, Marketing materials, or any other intangible item that goes into the sale of the business.

Goodwill is the value placed on the continued relationship between a business and its' customers and venders.  Business flow and volume are based on the continued spirit of the business reputation in the community.  Buyers want to purchase the goodwill instead of starting from scratch.  It takes a lot of money to build a business over time.  The advertising, marketing, branding, and the experience of the customer base creates the goodwill.

Goodwill is not fluff that many buyers would like to believe, the tangible stuff is easy to buy but the goodwill is the real value of the business. Cash flow is generated not by the inventory, equipment and fixtures, it is the goodwill that makes the difference between a business being worth $100,000 and a similar business being worth $250,000.

The goodwill is the sweat equity that has been put into growing the business, never sell short on the goodwill you, the business owner, bring to a business.

Bob HughesAbout The Author:  Bob Hughes is a business broker in the Coachella Valley area assisting business buyers and sellers of small and mid-sized businesses and commercial real estate throughout the Palm Springs/Coachella Valley area, and San Diego County. You can reach Bob at Hughes Properties via phone at 760-323-8311.


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