To successfully sell a business, you should be educated in the process.
You should also surround yourself with a team of experts when selling a small business, including a professional intermediary, consultant, or advisor, that help guide you along the way. There are many myths associated with the process of selling a small to mid-sized business and some of them can actually cause deals to fall through.
Don't let your sale be comprised, be aware of these common misconceptions related to the process of selling your business.
Myth #1 - Lenders aren't lending so I will have a difficult time selling my business
While it is true that the scope of business purchase financing has changed, lenders are still granting loans to qualified buyers. The key to a buyer getting a loan is preparation. I work with many sellers to pre-qualify their business in our ProSell Program (this expedites the sale of many business sales and opens the door to many more potential buyers) - we have lending institutions go down as low as $25,000 (and up to $500,000) for fast non SBA financing. As the seller, there are several things you can do to help with the process, which I'll discuss in myth #2.
Myth #2 - It is the Buyers responsibility to deal with business purchase financing
It's true that the bulk of the responsibility to secure financing falls on the buyer but as the seller; you can help the situation by getting the business pre-approved for financing (contact us about our ProSell Program). This will give the business credibility with other lenders and will hopefully make your buyer's quest for business purchase financing easier (and more successful). The other thing you can do as a seller is to offer some sort of financing yourself (seller carry note). It is becoming standard that business owners hold some portion of the note on the sale of their business (the norm is 10 to 50 percent). It shows lenders that the seller truly believes the new owner will be a good fit and it helps the buyer out by allowing them to not have to borrow as much from the lender.
Myth #3 - Confidentiality is not important, the more people that know my business is for sale, the better
This couldn't be further from the truth. I understand how someone could believe this as it makes sense in a traditional sales mentality. However when it comes to selling your business, maintaining confidentiality is important for the health of the company. You don't want to alarm employees and customers. People get nervous when they hear about a change in ownership. Keeping the sale confidential will allow you to tell them when the time is right.
Myth #4 - I have to sell everything that goes along with my business including the real estate
This is not true either. In fact, many sellers do just the opposite. They sell the business but maintain ownership of the real estate as a means of collecting some residual income. The downside to doing this is that you then become a landlord and you are still somewhat connected to the business, so as a seller you need to decide what you want your role to be after you sell the company.
Myth #5 - A good to time to sell is when the business starts to slow down
The best time to sell your business is when it is doing well. While it may be hard to walk away during that time, you will benefit financially from being able to show prospective owners that the company has more room for growth. You also want to present your business to potential buyers at a time when it is most attractive, not when sales are slumping.
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