Strategies for Successful Sales Closings
You might have heard stories about business for sale that fell through at the last minute. It’s common for people to talk about what went wrong. However, we want to talk about what can go right. There are strategies for successful sales closings that can help you sell your business.
First, it’s important that you, the seller, and your buyer are in agreement on terms. For that to happen, everyone needs to be clear about the offer itself and the terms and conditions of the sale. This can mean putting in a little more work beforehand, providing plenty of details and answers to any questions your buyer might have. You, too, may have questions about the buyer’s ability to finance the deal and his or her ability to successfully operate a business that is near and dear to your heart. Talking through these matters and getting answers to everyone’s questions sooner rather than later can lead to a successful closing.
Second, remember that patience is key. There are lots of details that go into the selling of a business. It can take time to gather all of the necessary paperwork, financial information, etc. While you should make every attempt to stick to the committed closing date, it’s important to remember that selling a business doesn’t happen overnight.
Third, there should be no surprises. As the seller, be upfront about your business’s ups and downs. It’s better for a potential buyer to be aware of shortcomings sooner rather than later. Make sure your business accounts are clean and free of any personal expenses. On the opposite side, your buyer should also be upfront about any of their financial concerns or issues. If everyone is upfront from the beginning then no one will be waylaid by surprises at the end.
Having a business broker in your corner can be helpful for utilizing these strategies to complete a successful sales. Ready to sell your business? Contact us.