So, you’ve decided to sell your business – hats off to you! It’s a big decision, one that often comes after years of hard work and strategic planning. But here’s the thing: when you’re ready to cash in on your years of hustle, you’ve got to get your head around what makes your business valuable to potential buyers – the “value drivers.” And let me tell you, they can make or break your sale, and a few of them might even surprise you. In this blog, we’ll break down six of the key value drivers that will help you score big when it’s time to transition out of your business.
FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE. Let’s start with the big one because – money talks! When someone is looking to buy your business, they’re going to want to see dollar signs. We’re talking income statements, balance sheets, cash flow statements, revenue streams, profit margins…and they better be on point!
To up your financial game before you go to market:
Trim the fat by cutting unnecessary expenses.
Add new revenue streams to increase top-line income.
Keep your financial records squeaky-clean.
CUSTOMER BASE & DIVERSITY. Buyers love to see a wide range of customers because it means less risk. If you’re relying on a handful of clients for most of your income, that’s a red flag. Diversification is the name of the game!
To up your customer diversity game:
Woo your existing customers with retention strategies.
Expand your network through referrals from your current “raving fans.”
Target a broader range of clients through strategic marketing and sales tactics.
SHOWCASE YOUR A-TEAM. Your employees are the backbone of your business and one of the main assets you’ll be including in the sale of your company. If they’re skilled and loyal, that’s gold in the eyes of a potential buyer. Having a talented management team and a committed crew can boost the value of your business.
To put your A-Team in the spotlight:
Work on your culture. Invest in your employees and keep them happy.
Consider “key employee” retention strategies to show you have a plan – it’s all about the smooth transition when you leave.
Highlight the stars on your team and their achievements.
EFFICIENT OPERATIONS. When a company has tight processes, efficient operations, and the potential for growth, that’s a huge win for a buyer!
To highlight your business as a “well oiled” machine:
Make sure you have written SOP manuals for all the operations of your business – financial, sales, marketing, operations, etc.
Keep improving your processes.
Invest in technology that will help you scale up with ease.
STRONG MARKET POSITION & UNIQUE SELLING PROPOSITION. Are you the coolest kid in the room? Buyers want businesses that are unique and have a solid place in the market.
To stand out in the crowd:
Flaunt your secret weapons! Find your USP (Unique Selling Proposition) and market the heck out of it.
Stay on top of trends and adapt!
RECURRING REVENUE & STEADY CASH FLOW. Buyers want stability and a money-making machine.
To showcase your business “rainmaker”:
Highlight your money in the bank and strong cash flow.
Brag about your loyal customer base and steady income.
Prove that your cash flow is predictable and reliable.
Selling your business can be a complex and emotional process, but understanding the key value drivers before you put out the “for sale” sign can significantly enhance your chances of a successful sale at a premium price. Start these strategics now and be better prepared when the time comes.
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