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How to Sell a Business or Restaurant- The Process

July 10, 2012 by Shelli Margolin

Thinking About Selling Your Business? Get Prepared

May 31, 2012 by Mina Singson-Brightman

If you are thinking about selling your business, then preparation is the key to getting the best possible selling price at the best terms. How soon do I need to prepare to sell my business? Having a good exit strategy in your business plan is prudent. Successful businesses keep a current business plan on file all the time, which includes a great exit strategy. This may not be a priority for new entrepreneurs, or owners of flourishing businesses but keep in mind that an exit strategy is just as good as an expansion strategy. Investors, banks and other sources of growth funds will look at the same information that the buyers review. An exit strategy emphasizes those elements of a business that constitute value to the market. By having an exit plan in place and in mind, a smart business owner will naturally focus on the growth of their business. So to answer the question, how soon do I need to prepare to sell my business? The answer is, NOW. Where do I begin?

Maximize the Business Valuation of Your Sporting Goods Store

April 17, 2012 by Jered Chapman

If you are thinking about selling your business sometime in the next few years, it is time to start working on maximizing its value.  Maximizing your business value is directly associated with reducing the buyer’s perceived risks.  Buyers determine the value they are willing to pay for your business based on their perceived “Risk vs. Reward”.  They often focus on the risks because they fear losing their investment if something goes wrong.  I’ve listed some great ways to reduce buyer fears, and also maximize your business value. Bookkeeping

How to Sell a Restaurant Fast

February 24, 2012 by Shelli Margolin

As with most businesses, price is a prime factor in selling a restaurant fast. However, restaurants can sell for their asset value alone, such as furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) along with their permits and licenses.  Knowing how to value those assets is the key to selling a restaurant quickly. Price is not the only determining factor in procuring a quick sale.  You need to get into the “buyer mindset” and make sure a buyer sees the same value in your restaurant as you do.  Here are some no nonsense step to getting your restaurant sold fast: 1.       Price – Price – Price!!! Just like anything else…   the better the deal, the faster someone will snatch it up.  Some factors that go into determining the price are location, FF&E replacement values, permits and licenses. 2.       Make it easy to understand -

How to Sell a Business Fast

February 24, 2012 by Shelli Margolin

Price is not the only determining factor in procuring a quick sale.  You need to get into the “buyer mindset” and make sure a buyer sees the same value in your business as you do.  Here are some no nonsense universal step to getting your business sold fast: 1.       Price – Price – Price!!! Just like anything else…   the better the deal, the faster someone will snatch it up. 2.       Make it easy to understand - If someone can’t understand how you do business and how you derive your net profit, they generally aren’t going to buy your business at any price. Make sure you have straight forward profit and loss statements for the last three years Put together a list of inventory and other assets such as furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) and list their replacement costs. Have any employment contracts organized and ready for review Organize your customer/client lists List out any debt that will need to be dealt with in the sale

Keys to Selling Your Business

January 24, 2012 by Kendric Foultz

Knowing what a business buyer wants is the key to selling your business and getting the best price for it.  In this market climate, most buyers are looking for two things, a cash flowing business and a deal.  Here are a few things that a business buyer is gong to want to know that will allow the buyer to asses the situation and determine if yours is the right business for them. • Is the business currently producing an income for the owner? • Is the business seller retiring and fully funded his or her retirement plans?          • Does the sale of the business only represent a small part of the retirement portfolio? • Is the business debt free? • Do the financials show that the depreciation schedules are completely exhausted? Affirmative answers to these questions tell the business buyer that the business is making enough money for their needs and you are indeed in a financial position to sell your business and sell it within the constraints of the marketplace.

Selling a Small Business as a Short Sale

December 05, 2011 by Shelli Margolin

Drowning in business debt!?! Even when a company’s sales start increasing, debt can eat away at the profits… More and more small business owners are finding that profits are going to servicing their debt and keeping their business operational.  In such cases, an option is to sell the business through a short sale.  Especially if a business owner is burnt-out, looking at shuttering the business and declaring bankruptcy. Declaring bankruptcy is different as a small business owner.  It’s not just an anonymous bank or bureaucratic phone company that is owed money; it’s often suppliers and vendors with whom there are long-term personal relationships.  And often, friends and family have invested in the business or lent large sums of money to help keep the business afloat.

Selling a Failing Restaurant

November 21, 2011 by Shelli Margolin

By Shelli Margolin, Restaurant Business Broker In the current economy, many restaurants that once thrived are sadly no longer able to sustain a positive cash flow. However, the good news is that selling a restaurant that is operating under a loss or poor revenues is possible. The biggest barrier to entry in the restaurant industry is the initial build-out costs.  If your restaurant has a functioning hood, flood drains, three part sink and a permitted refrigerator unit, then your restaurant will sell.  If you have a liquor license, your restaurant will sell for more! The most common obstacles to selling your restaurant are: 1.      The price you want vs. the actual market price 2.      Messy, incomplete or none existent books and records 3.      Deferred maintenance 4.      Not being up to code 5.      Expiring lease 6.      Time and energy Preparation is the best way to overcome these obstacles:

How to Value a Restaurant or Bar that is not Showing Profit

November 03, 2011 by Mina Singson-Brightman

How much money is a restaurant worth? Does it have any value if the restaurant is not turning a profit or barely breaking even? Restaurants, coffee shops or bars are valuable even if they are not showing a profit. These kinds of businesses are valued through the replacement value technique which assumes a buyer pays the seller a price that is not dependent on the income value to benefit from the existing investment in the restaurant facility, the lease and the location. In other words, the buyer is starting a restaurant business at a discount and will pay for the right to avoid spending hundreds of thousands or even millions and avoid all the delays and city regulations in building a new restaurant Here is what a restaurant –seller has to say when he received an offer on his business.

How to Sell a Restaurant in 90 Days

October 31, 2011 by Shelli Margolin

How to Sell a Restaurant in 90 Days A True Story   Restaurants are not necessarily an easy sell.  However, if they are priced at their proper value and positioned to sell in the right forums, they can be sold in a timely manner to the satisfaction of both the buyer and seller. Preparing the restaurant’s books and records for sale is as important as bringing in the right buyer. The following is a true story of a restaurant that recently sold through an experienced restaurant business broker. When the Johnston’s[1] bought their pizza deli in Los Angeles five years ago, the plan was to build a business for their children to takeover.  Both Mr. & Mrs. Johnston had fulltime careers that they wanted to keep.  With the help of their son, the restaurant was able to sustain a positive cash-flow for several years.

Why isn't my business selling?

October 21, 2011 by Kendric Foultz

Almost nothing is as upsetting to a business owner than listing their business for sale and then having it sit on the market for months with no activity on it!  “What is wrong, why haven’t you sold my business” you ask the business broker.  The answer might be complex or very simple.  The best thing to do as a business seller is to ask yourself a basic question.  “Does this offering make sense?  Would I buy my own business as presented?”

Selling a business in the media, entertainment, creative, film and TV industries? 10 Things to Consider

September 06, 2011 by Stuart Gross

Are you the owner of a small or medium-size business in the creative of media industry who dreams of “getting out” and retiring, writing a memoir, or simply getting away from it all? Thinking about selling your business? In today’s economic climate, selling your media or creative business can be a complicated and daunting experience. The skills and knowledge you acquired by running a successful business are not necessarily the same skills you will need to sell it. Here are 10 things to consider: 1. Am I REALLY ready to sell my business? One of the most important questions a buyer has is, “Why are you selling?” Selling your company is a life-changing event, with both positive and negative effects on your financial condition. Your mental and physical health may also be affected. You need to know if you will have enough money, moving forward, to live the way you choose. It is a very big decision. …And you need to be able to answer the question for potential buyers as

HOW TO SELL YOUR BUSINESS WHEN YOU ARE THE KEY TO YOUR BUSINESS

August 11, 2011 by Dan Munter

In a perfect world, when owners decide to sell their business, a buyer will come forward and write a check for the full asking price. In the real world, this rarely happens. There are so many reasons why this rarely occurs.  In this blog, I want to focus on one of the most important issues. One of the biggest risks for a buyer is whether the business will survive without the seller’s presence, knowledge and relationships.  I want to give you some actual examples of businesses I have both recently sold and am in the process of selling.

Preparing a Restaurant for Sale

August 08, 2011 by Shelli Margolin

If you are considering selling your restaurant, preparation is essential in order to make the sale easier, faster and more profitable. Buyers will usually estimate the value of a restaurant beyond a wonderful menu and steady clientele.   Their assessment will determine what they are willing to pay.    Having all aspects of your restaurant in order is the key to a successful sale. Many of the steps below may seem like no brainers.  However, often restaurant owners are so engrossed in their day to day operation that they over look simple things that can drastically effect how buyers will perceive their restaurant. It is crucial to look at your restaurant through the eyes of a buyer and ask yourself some key questions: Are your books & records organized? Can a buyer clearly understand how much profit you make? Is your profit provable on paper? Do you have cash sales?  Can you easily prove those sales to a buyer?

What Is a Typical Restaurant Business Worth?

July 12, 2011 by Shelli Margolin

As written for ehow.com... What Is a Typical Restaurant Business Worth? The worth of a restaurant is predicated on what someone will pay to buy that restaurant. As restaurants come in as many shapes and sizes as do their owners, determining worth is complex. In the most general terms, value can be established through either a multiple of annual sales or by its assets. Restaurant Categories Restaurants fall into two major categories: full-service and limited-service (or quick service). Then there are many subcategories such as, fine dining, casual dining, dinner house, bar & grill, deli’s, fast food, pizza take-out and the list goes on. Within those categories are independently owned, franchises, corporate owned, single location to international multi-location. Thus, “typical restaurant” cannot be rationally defined. Profit vs. Assets

How to Appraise a Restaurant Business

July 11, 2011 by Shelli Margolin

As written for ehow.com... There are several reasons for appraising a restaurant, along with many nuances to the appraisal itself. Let's review how a prospective buyer can appraise a restaurant for purchase. There are three general ways that restaurants' sale prices are established: based on profits, assets, or "key costs," referring to its location value. The buyer should be aware of whether the restaurant is making a profit and what furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) are included in the sale. If a restaurant is profitable, a buyer can take a financial approach to the appraisal. If the restaurant is not turning a profit, it still has value in its equipment. In some cases, a restaurant is sold for key costs: its location, property/lease value and entitlements. Instructions: Profitable Restaurants

What Is a Typical Restaurant Business Worth?

May 06, 2011 by Shelli Margolin

http://www.ehow.com/info_8360777_typical-restaurant-business-worth.html

A Strategic Business Sale Case Study

December 03, 2010 by Kendric Foultz

A strategic business sale takes place when the buyer finds additional value in the business for sale than the average financial buyer is able to identify. Most small businesses for sale, if positioned correctly, will attract a number of possible buyers.  But in some cases the business for sale in question might be so specialized in its market as to require a very unique buyer. I recently brokered the sale of a specialized jewelry design and manufacturing business that posed this very challenge.  The only viable buyers for this business were well known by the seller.  These prospects did not know that owner was interested in selling his business and it was my job to keep it that way until we had secured enough general interest in the opportunity.

Assessing the Assets of Your Business

July 06, 2010 by Robert Dean

If you are thinking about selling your business, it would be greatly beneficial to catalog all of your assets in order to help with a successful sale. A business's value is calculated in part by its list of assets. The more you can substantiate your asset value, the more it will increase the business value. Assets are different in every business, and one asset may be more or less important depending on the business and industry. Make sure that you write down and understand how all of your assets contribute to the success of the business. Some of the assets that a seller needs to address include: Equipment: Is the equipment old or new? What condition is it? What's the replacement value? Trade name, Trademarks, & Patents: Does your name and product represent value to your customers? Inventory: How much inventory do your have? What condition is it in? What's the value? Customer & Database Contacts: How many contacts do you have? How many are repeat customers?

5 Essential Items to Sell Your Business Quickly

June 03, 2010 by Dan Munter

As a business broker and as a former business owner, I know that the decision to sell a business is not easy. But once it is made, I know that usually the seller wants to sell it as soon as possible. I always tell a seller to pretend that they are the buyer looking at buying their business. What would they need to see to decide to buy the business? From my experience and my logic, I have come up with a list of 5 items that really facilitate the selling process. 1) Have  credible P&Ls for the past 3 years. 2) Have financial records to verify the value of the inventory and FF&E 3) Make sure that the key employees will stay employed 4) Make sure that the landlord is willing to lease for reasonable terms 5) Make sure that the key customers will continue to buy services or products.

Business short sale

May 27, 2010 by Kendric Foultz

What do you do as a business owner if your business is in an impossible situation and is taking you down with it?  Depending on the ownership structure, you may be able sell it in what essentially looks like a real estate short sale or otherwise known as a “pro rata escrow”.

Qualifying A Buyer For Your Business

May 12, 2010 by Robert Dean

When selling a business, you want the most qualified person to purchase your company. Finding the right buyer is the key to a smooth sales transaction, and will also contribute to the continued success and growth of the company. When qualifying a buyer, you want someone who is both financially capable, and also someone who has the business knowledge & experience to take the company to the next level. Business Brokers will look at many aspects of the buyer in order to qualify them. The key is to make sure that they are the right fit for the company. In regard to their business experience, a broker will examine several factors, including: Educational Background Have they owned a business General Management Experience Marketing & Sales Experience Operational Experience Inventory Management Do their skills compliment the company Communication & Customer Service skills

Selling a "used" business

April 23, 2010 by Kendric Foultz

To help a small business seller understand how buyers value businesses, I like to use this analogy.  If you bought a nice car fifteen years ago and took very good care of it, chances are that it looks pretty much how it did when you bought it.  It still runs great and does the job that you got it for in the first place.  If you take care, it could keep going for decades.  Now let’s say you bought that car for thirty thousand dollars.  What do you think you could get for that car today?

Selling Your Small Business? What Makes a Good Buyer?

April 20, 2010 by Stuart Gross

Anyone who has ever sold a business knows that attracting interested and qualified buyers is the name of the game. When a buyer has inquired about your business for sale they will have questions about the business and how it runs. You or your broker should answer those questions and interview the buyer. You want a buyer who is genuinely interested in this business, one who has the skills necessary to run the business, and the financial wherewithal to make this purchase. Your questions and the buyer’s answers must resolve these issues. If you do not know about your buyer you are likely to waste a lot of time and take your eye off of running your business and finding the right buyer. There are many nightmares that the wrong buyer can cause:

How to be successful in selling your business or why you need a broker!

April 13, 2010 by Kendric Foultz

Selling a small business is not easy.  The first thing to acknowledge is that no matter how successful you have been in running your own business you probably don’t know the first thing about what it is going to take to sell your business and get the best price and terms for it.  A seasoned business broker can fairly quickly analyze your situation and let you know just how marketable your business is and what can be done to make it more so. The next thing you need to do is become emotionally prepared and committed to the process of selling your business.  Up to now, you have been the boss, but now you are going to have to take direction from the broker and deal with the demands of the buyers.  This is not an easy challenge for many owners.  The broker is your partner in this process so you’re going to want someone you can trust.