A business sale is not a “one size fits” all situation. The details that apply in a specific situation will not all be the same admin
. Before proceeding further, it’s important to step back a bit and look at the big picture for business sales in a variety of circumstances. Not all business sales are for the same reasons, and the circumstances of the sale can have a big impact on how a sale should proceed.
If the buyer is another company then it is likely the buyer will be able to run the business successfully. The buyer’s ability to pay may be fairly secure. Training the buyer may not be critical, but assistance with customer retention after the sale may be critical. The buyer may be more sophisticated, or at least have more sophisticated advisors. Consideration for the sale may include some form of performance based incentives (i.e., an “earn-out”).
If the buyer is an individual, training the buyer may be even more important than assisting with customer retention. Since the buyer’s ability to run the business successfully may not be as certain as it would be if the buyer were another company with a proven track record, the cash and/or collateral the buyer brings to the table may be a major factor in the sale.
There are 28 million small businesses in the US. The sad reality is that most of them fail within the first few years of operation. The small percentage that survive stay small forever. A select few manage to grow into huge businesses. But why them and not the others? What are the factors that enable unknowns to become household brands? One thing for sure that it takes much more than hard work, luck, and timing. Read on to see if your small business has what it takes to make the leap into the big league?
Many small business owners’ lives are chaotic due to lack of systems. Systems are hard, but they enable small businesses to scale. Systems are not glorious like sales, marketing, or research and development. Some say that systems are boring, after all, it is a back office function. Systems separate struggling small businesses from those that grow by leaps and bounds. Creating systems can be a daunting task, and for many, the prospect of taking on yet another project is out of the question. For some, it is a catch-22 situation. You may say “How do I carve out extra time from my already hectic schedule.” The correct way to think of systems is that creating them is an investment in your business.
One of the greatest challenges that small business owners face is that the they are perpetual decision makers. The owner is involved in everything from sales, customer service, research and development, bookkeeping, so an and so forth. Creating systems is the first step toward a business where not every decision is dependent on the entrepreneur. Systems allow people to plug in and go. Systems include operating procedures and manuals that can bring a new team member up to speed in no time. It is what takes small out of small business.