Signs That It May Be Time to Pack Up and Sell Your Business
All businesses have their ups and downs. Sadly, some companies have more downs than ups, resulting in many business owners being forced to decide whether to sell or not. Suppose this is you, and you’ve decided that it might be time to finally time to let go. Here are a few signs to help you decide whether to go for it or stay put.
You’ve lost that initial excitement
There are times in business where you get the urge to pack up and sell when you lose that initial excitement you once had when you first started your entrepreneurial journey. There is, perhaps, nothing quite as unsettling (or as bittersweet) as realizing that your business has reached its expiration date because it no longer excites you, and you find yourself daydreaming about doing something else; this is one telltale sign that perhaps you should start planning your exit strategy.
The market is flailing
Sometimes, selling your business is more of a practical decision than anything else, especially when the market is showing signs of taking a nosedive. Indeed, this is one example of an external factor that may be beyond our control and can have the most significant impact when contemplating the decision to sell.
You’ve stopped growing
Deciding whether to sell your business can also come down to the fact that you feel as if your business journey has simply stopped growing or, perhaps, that you have outgrown your business. Either or, this is yet another sign that may indicate it’s time to go in another direction.
Preparing for the sales process
Suppose you’ve decided that now is the time to make your move. Here are some tips to help you prepare ahead for the sales process.
Get your business evaluated
Of course, when selling your business, you’ll want to get a clear indication of what your business is actually worth from an appraiser. In order to do this, you’ll need to get your business evaluated to determine its sales value and what you could (and should) expect to receive upon closing the deal.
Ensure that your books are up-to-date
Ensuring your recordkeeping is up-to-date and ready for review at any given time is one way to expedite the sales process. This will also help to leave a more favorable impression in the minds of potential buyers of whether to purchase your business or not.
Get your business in tip-top shape
Again, this is one part of the sales preparation process that must be done to prepare for the sale ahead. This includes getting your business in order and tip-top shape for potential buyers to peruse your business premises.
Review your document, licenses, and procedures
You might also want to review your business documents to ensure that you have all your relevant licenses, agreements, supplier contracts, and leasing agreements ready for review when potential buyers enter the door. Additionally, should you decide to make any last minute changes to the particulars of your business, such as a change in name, address, a redistribution of shares, or a change in membership, and it’s essential or remember that you will need to include such changes in your annual report. And lastly, don’t forget to file your annual report, as failure to do so could result in hefty fees, fines, or even a revocation of your business license to do business in your state. Find a service that can help you here.
Sometimes you just know when you know
In conclusion, more often than not, when it comes to selling your business, you’ll just know when it’s the right time to sell. It’s about relying on that same business intuition that got you to the point where you are today to realize that it may be time to say goodbye and venture forth into new opportunities and possibilities that may be waiting for you just around the corner.
Have you decided that the time is now to sell your business and need advice on where to go from here? Reach out to Michael and his team for professional brokerage assistance.