You always have four options and eight paths:
Exit with your equity, but leave the heart
The world: Most of us small business owners do OK competing with the big businesses in our industries or we don't survive. But when it comes to our exit strategy and succession planning, most of us fall on our face.
This episode is to explores business valuation and exit strategies.
Nobody wants to see you liquidate. That's getting pennies on your dollars. Tangible assets get sold (fire sales) and the intangibles are lost forever. Liquidation is the worst kind of liquidity. An exit strategy is just like doing a will, but here you try to maximize the dollars you get out of our life's work.
Most of us will sell our business through merger or acquisition. But, if we get much over two-to-three times sales or six times earnings, we all think we've done very well. Yet, when big business sells, they usually begin at six times earnings. Then we see 40 times and even 300 times earnings on the open markets. Why should we be satisfied with so little?
Most of us don't think about our incorporation stock certificates... if these could be sold to anyone. Yet, once you do your first business valuation and study your key ratios, you begin to focus on creating a transferable asset. Even our 17+ million sole proprietors – we all should grow in a way that the knowledge base and the intangible assets can be transferred.
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