Business Sellers - please, please do not withhold any negative information regarding your business. The success of the sale depends on it! Many seller's wait until the very last minute (once in escrow) to disclose critical information regarding the business. In most cases the buyer will not renegotiate and the deal will ultimately collapse.
Disclosing certain negative issues in the beginning of the purchase could be negotiated to suite the buyers needs. As a seller, promoting the perks of your business is easy however; withholding information in fear of not achieving Top Dollar for your business could have awful consequence.
Working with an experienced agent, allows you as the seller to disclose and discuss the best strategy to present the business to perspective buyers. Honesty is always the best policy
Some issues sellers neglect to disclose:
1. Equipment Lease Issues
2. Old Inventory Issues
4. Downward Trends
5. Family Employees That Are Overpaid
6. Customer Sales Concentration
7. Terminated Contracts
As a seller, you may think your problem is unique, but most of the time, an experienced agent has come across your situation and has been able to successfully complete the purchase. That's why having an experience agent involved in your transaction is important.
About The Author: KC Choi founder of Power Business Solution, Inc. offers business brokerage services to both buyers and sellers in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. His business team includes 15+ professionals (multi-lingual) with extensive experience and knowledge with business transactions. KC can be reached by phone at 714-345-6774.
Watch for more blog posts / articles from me in the future!
|Helpful Resources To Assist In Selling And Buying California Businesses|
|Mark Chatow, Esq.: Legal Services For Buying, Selling Businesses
Mark has a broad range of small business purchase & sale experience from analyzing potential acquisition targets to successfully guiding buyers and sellers through the purchase & sale of small businesses. Mark can assist with contracts, negotiations, legal matters, etc. Reach Mark at 949-478-8393.
|Willard Michlin, CPA, Certified Fraud Examiner, Due Diligence Services
Willard Michlin, CPA #106752, offers buyers step by step training & assistance in doing Due Diligence Services when they are thinking of making an offer, or are in process of investigating a business purchase. He helps to determine the actual net profit even when there is cash. Call 805-428-2063.
|Helen Yoo: Escrow & Bulk Sale Services - Southern California
New Century Escrow, Inc. is a fully licensed & bonded independent escrow company. Over 20 years combined experience in handling bulk escrow transactions. Multi-lingual staff that speaks your language, including Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese. Call Helen Yoo direct at 626-890-1151.
|Diane Boudreau-Tschetter: Escrow And Bulk Sale Services
California Business Escrow, Inc. is a full service independent escrow company serving all of California and has expertise in a wide range of escrows. Our team prides itself on providing an exceptional escrow experience. For more info phone Diane Boudreau-Tschetter at 888-383-3331 or 209-838-1100.
|Peter Siegel, MBA - SBA Loans, Non SBA Financing Assistance
For over 25 years I have provided niche business purchase financial advisory and loan placement services with SBA and Non-SBA Loans, Retirement Plan Conversions, Private Investors, etc. Financing amounts available: $20K to $7MM. Call today to get pre-qualified or receive financing: 866-270-6278.
|George Lanza, Business Broker, At Plethora Business Sales
Plethora Businesses, a division of A Premier In Services, Inc., is a Business Intermediary Consulting Firm headquartered in Orange, California. Plethora specializes in the listing and sale of small and medium sized private businesses.
|Ryan Clark, Business Broker, Southern California
The Veld Group provides a refreshing approach to Business Brokerage, Mergers & Acquisitions and Business Consulting and Valuations. From Your Street to Wall Street, we cater to Main Street Businesses as well as more complex Strategic Firms and Start-Ups. Phone Ryan at 310-652-8353.
|Joe Ranieri, Business Broker, Orange & LA County Areas
Having owned retail/restaurant businesses for over 20 years, my interest turned to listing and selling businesses rather than owning them. I specialize tend to specialize in Orange County high volume restaurants, fast food independents and chains, bars and liquor stores. Call 714-292-5448.
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