When you start a business, you might think that the ultimate goal is to make it successful. But that’s not the case at all. You should really be looking beyond the days of profit and towards the point where your business is valuable enough to sell it on. You see, if you keep your business forever, then you’ll have to continue running it to stay profitable. By selling it on, you can get a lovely cash egg to either invest in a new idea if you still have the energy or retire happily. Unfortunately, most business owners never get this far. Instead, by the time they sell, their business is close to worthless or nowhere near the value that it should be. Why is this?
Forgetting To Think About The Future Sale
Selling a business is a tricky, legal situation, so you’ll need a skilled lawyer to represent you. If you select Joe Callahan to represent you, one of the first things he’ll ask for is accurate records. You need records of your taxes, your spending, employees and everything else. It is only with these records that your business will be valuable to a future owner. Without them, you could find yourself in serious trouble. You will be hard pressed to find someone who wants to buy a business without an accurate history.
Not Keeping A Strong Workforce
Due to TUPE when a business is sold, the new owner often inherits the workforce. Unless they are tearing the business down and selling the parts, they can not simply clean house. Instead, they have to take the team on that you’ve been working with. But, if they think you don’t have a strong group of employees, you can guarantee they won’t buy. That’s why you need to constantly rework your employee group. You need to make sure that you have the best team for the job. If there are any weak links, they need to be weeded out and replaced with stronger employees. A strong workforce will put you in a good position to one day sell the business on. You should be doing this from the first day that you set up shop.
Failing To Focus On ROI
One of the first pieces of advice you’ll get when setting up a new business is to keep costs low. It’s understandable because small businesses will struggle to stay competitive if their costs are too high. They will have to raise their prices to pay for the extra financial strain. However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be investing money into your business. You need to invest, or else your company will never reach the level of value that you want. This means you should train your employees and invest in new tech. It is crucial that your company is seen as a modern, valuable commodity on the market.
We hope you find this advice useful when running your company. If you keep the final sale in mind, you will be in a good position to make a massive profit when it’s time to sell the shop.
Founder Dinis Guarda
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