Are you thinking about selling your business?

Selling a business can be stressful and you want to be sure you are achieving the right price.

The following should be considered before putting your business up for sale:

Make sure you have good financial records

Keeping your financial records and information organised and in files will help you to get a valuation quicker, as potential buyers will want to know the profits gained for the past 2-3 years and predicted profits for the next 2-3 years.

Planning ahead

Companies need to be running smoothly if you are going to sell them, so planning well in advance to get the company organised, efficient and running to its maximum will help the company to sell easily.

Know your reasons for selling

Make sure that you have reasons to sell – buyers will want to know why you have decided to sell the business.

Placing a value on your business

A professional valuation will give you a true idea of how much your business is worth and how much you can make in profit from the sale. 

Tax considerations

It is important to work closely with your accountant when intending to sell an asset, so that any Capital Gains Tax concessions can be planned for and taken advantage of, and you can save for any CGT liability that may arise.

Choosing the right broker to market your business

When looking for a broker to sell your business, you need to look at how much experience the broker has of selling businesses, their successes in selling similar businesses, what contacts they have with potential buyers, how they will market your business, the fees they charge and how they will keep the sale