10 ways to maximize the value of your business

Some things bear repeating. For instance, the sale of a business requires that its owner or owners do some serious planning and implement measures that will not only speed up the sale process and make it more effective, but also maximize the value of the business. An overview of the 10 items that we believe to be crucial in attaining this objective is provided below:

government and management - vision, team, corporate governance, a solid business plan, business positioning

finances: understand and maximize value drivers; manage the balance sheet efficiently; record actual earnings and maximize the profitability of the business - graph

reduce risks: resolve all outstanding tax-related problems or legal actions; minimize concentration - graph

Before entering into any process to sell a business, the owner or owners must first identify their needs and objectives, develop the best strategy for bringing the transaction to fruition, identify the potential buyers/investors that will be approached and prepare a full disclosure document identifying and highlighting the major value drivers of the business. Accordingly, the choice of the right advisor is a key factor that all entrepreneurs should consider as soon as they decide to launch the process of selling their business.

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