5 Essential Items to Sell Your Business Quickly

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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) HaveĀ  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.
There are of course other items that are necessary. However, if a seller can provide the 5 items mentioned above, not only will it be easier to find a buyer, but it will make the due diligence process go much quicker.
Blog by Dan Munter, a business broker with BizEx. I can be reached at 310-882-2200 ext. 121 or www.bizex.net

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Dan Munter

4640 Admiralty Way, Suite 500
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Office: (310) 882-2200 ext 121
Direct: (310) 722-1138
Lic#: 01871136

Logos Member of the California Association of Business Brokers Member of the International Business Brokers Association Member of the M&A Source Holder of the Merger & Acquisition Master Intermediary designation, M&A Source's highest qualification Holder of the Certified Business Intermediary designation, IBBA's highest qualification Holder of the Certified M&A Professional designation from Coles College Trained by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts to conduct business valuations