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When And How To Sell Your Home Business

Aug 17, 2007
Do you have a successful home business that you are growing out of experience and knowledge wise?

Does this make you feel that it is time to move onto a new venture in life? If this is your situation then you may want to look into selling your home business. When you started this business it was probably the furthest thing from your mind. Or perhaps it was what you planned to do.

Maybe you have found something else you would like to move on to. It is now too much for you to keep running your old business and start or take over a new one. You also need lots more extra cash for your new venture.

So now you find yourself in the position of wanting to sell your home business because you need the extra cash and time. Even though this sounds like an easy task, there are a lot of details that you will have to consider. You have put a lot of time and effort into making your home business a successful one. Now you want to make sure that you get a fair price for it, right?

The primary objective that you need to accomplish when selling your home business is to come up with a fair price for it that you are willing to take and a reasonable buyer will be willing to pay. Setting a realistic price early on will allow you to negotiate more easily down the line.

Be ready to show your potential buyers all your assets, liabilities and cash flow. These will be your convincing reasons for an interested buyer to buy.

All figures must be absolutely honest. Never fudge on your figures. Nothing will chase away an interested buyer faster than this. Count on them checking everything closely. If they see you are well prepared their interest will rise real fast.

If you skip the above step you may end up losing out on money that is yours when you make the sale to a sincere prospect. Setting a fair price to sell your home business for is not the easiest thing to do. It is going to take some real brain sweat to get the best price.

You need to take your current income into consideration. That is, what you are currently earning each month on average. Also as well, how much growth potential there is. Use your experience to date to arrive at these figures. This will result in a true story to tell your prospects. It will consist of your prospects and products and experiences of marketing your business.

Some accountants will tell you that you should sell your home business for your monthly income times twelve. This may make sense in some situations but not all as you may be selling yourself short if you do figure this way.

You need to be sure that you are compensated for the money that you would make down the line as well. Per above you will have a number and word story to validate your projected income for your business.

After you carefully determine how much money you want to sell your home business for, your next step is to go buyer shopping. This can often be the most difficult task. You can place ads both in business publications and online, even on eBay , in order to get the word out.

If you receive no offers on your own, there are always business brokers that can help you out with the sales task. Their job is to bring buyers and sellers together. This will likely be your best option if you do not want to do a lot of the work on your own or you are having no success in selling your business.

Finding an online broker that can help you sell your home business can be done by searching online. Just go to Google and enter keywords, on line business brokers.

Placing small ads in business publications is also a successful way to find your business seller to help you. In no time you will have plenty of brokers to choose from.

If you are at the point where you want to sell your home business you are lucky. The truth is you made your luck by many hours of work behind the desk and computer. Few people make it this far.

In order to get a fair price for your home business, make sure that you ask what you want and stick to your guns. Be ready to explain why and you will soon sell and conclude your transaction.
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James M. Lowe writes original articles about home business opportunities .
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