“Win or Learn – That Way You Never Lose”
If you are planning to sell your business, and especially if this is your first time, you must be getting a little overwhelmed with all the advice you receive from all corners. Are you wondering if there are any common mistakes that you can avoid? You are right. We have worked with thousands of business owners over the last 5 years and in this post, we share with you the 3 most common mistakes most business owners make when selling a business, and how to avoid them.
- Not Accounting for Sale Preparation: Even if you are a pro when it comes to selling your products and services, selling your business is not nearly the same and requires extensive preparation, commitment and resources. So, don’t rush into this. Start preparing from day 1 when you decide to sell your business. Depending on the nature and condition of your business, you would need anywhere as the bare minimum time for effective sale preparation up to as much as a couple of years. We have seen business owners being forced to lose clients, accept a lower valuation, lose control of business and go through unwanted frustration –simply because they didn’t give themselves enough time. Our post here tells you how to prepare your business for sale. This preparation includes creation of second line management and delegation of important responsibilities, establishing and consolidating systems, policies and structures, sorting out financial and other documents / records, creating mechanisms to manage existing clients without disrupting long-term contracts, and so on. Then comes the second stage of preparation, when you will have to prepare for pitching to prospective buyers, which encompasses activities like pitch preparation and presentation, preparing for common questions that most buyers ask, compiling documents for primary scrutiny and so on.
- Poor Choice of Buyer Outreach: How do you attract prospective buyers without upsetting customers and employees? There are two important things to remember here – ‘targeting’ and ‘confidentiality.’
Many of our users tell us how they wasted precious time and money on ads in newspapers and magazines – without much results. Why? Because ads are less likely to give you the targeted reach that a technology platform like Indiabizforsale.com does. At the end of the day, you will have higher chances of finding a deal on a platform that brings together thousands of buyers, investors and businesses.
Secondly, it’s best not to give away the identity of yourself or that of your business until a deal is on the table. When you tap into your personal network, chances are that word spreads and reaches your customers too. Our confidential, hassle-free messaging system addresses this problem for our users.
- Quoting an Unrealistic Valuation: In our experience, unrealistic valuation is one of the primary deal-breakers. Over-pricing your business makes it unattractive to a buyer right at the outset. Not to mention, your integrity becomes a question. Now, many business owners don’t over-price their business intentionally – they simply don’t know the right valuation for their businesses. The way out? Hire an expert valuer who understands your industry. Remember – always opt for a credible valuer with strong track record. At Indiabizforsale.com, for example, we have an independent valuation expert with over a decade of experience and strong professional credibility, who helps businesses with detailed valuation reports as a value-added-service (know more).
So, what are you waiting for? Start preparing to sell your business and stay tuned to our blogs and other resources to help you along the way.