March 14, 2013

Create a checklist before you decide to sell your business

While it is easy enough to have the thought, "I want to sell my company," the actual process is not as simple. In order to ensure that they are able to find the best opportunity possible, entrepreneurs need to properly align several aspects of their organization. Otherwise, they might have possible buyers overlook them.

Curtis Kroeker, group general manager for a San Francisco-based business-for-sale marketplace, explained to business and technology blog Entrepreneur that selling a company should never be a spur-of-the-moment decision.

"You need to figure out things like if you should sell, when is the best time to sell, and what you need to consider before selling, among many other considerations," Kroeker said. 

He also suggested having as many financial documents in place as possible. Interested buyers will want to know as much about the business' background and profitability as they can, as it will give them a better idea of how the partnership will impact their own organization. 

Another top consideration is timing. Knowing when to sell and when to take the time to build up profits are crucial. Waiting until an organization is on the decline is not a peak selling point. This is why having a comprehensive exit strategy, can help owners find more profitable opportunities.

A failure to adapt could also hinder possible chances to sell a company. With technology evolving more each day, owners would be wise to keep abreast of all changes and how they affect their daily operations – especially if the business is technologically based itself.

Corporate mergers and acquisitions can take time, and smaller company owners must also take care to have everything aligned in order to make the most profitable and beneficial decision. Overall, it is important for entrepreneurs to be prepared for when the time comes and ensure that they have the right acquisition mindset