You may have no intention of selling your small business now. However, you have to accept that your small business will change hands one day. You might pass it down to the next generation, sell it, or, unfortunately you may need to close it down. Even if a change in ownership won’t happen until well into the future, it is always a good idea to plan for an inevitable transition and benefit your business value in the present. You may not plan on selling your business anytime soon, however, following these tips now will keep you from diminishing your business value when you are ready to make a change.
- Make sure that someone else knows how to do your job. It is important that your business has the capability to succeed in your absence. Train your team members to handle operations. Prospective buyers will have more interest in a business that continues to thrive and maintain its business value Share your techniques for maintaining cash flow. Invoice factoring is a great way to keep cash flow positive.
- Develop procedures for all of your business’s operations. Having a go-to guide or manual will establish consistency and accuracy for all of the tasks managed in your small business will add business value to you currently, and to any future buyers.
- Give your employees job security. Employee retention will help your cash flow. The process of hiring and training is time-consuming and can be costly. When you are ready to sell, retaining seasoned employees will appeal to buyers and add to your business value.
- Keep accurate and up to date financial records, and a financial reporting process. Having a clear picture of your cash flow, revenues, profits, and costs will help you see where improvements can be made to increase your business value. When you are looking to sell, prospective buyers will want to see organized and accurate financial statements and tax returns.
- Do not neglect accounts receivables. Your small business will have a diminished business value if you have a large amount of uncollected accounts receivable. This will hurt your cash flow and your bottom line. If you have challenges with past due receivables and need to improve your cash flow consider invoice factoring from American Receivable. Prospective buyers will want to see a solid procedure for collecting from customers.
- Diversification guards against changing tastes and economic recessions. You may be making great profits on your current products or services, but diversifying will help improve your cash flow and business value by putting less dependence on just one or two primary products and/or services your company offers. Also, consider diversifying your client base. If you depend on just a few large clients, your business value—and cash flow—will greatly reduce if you lose just one of them.
- Strive to increase cash flow each year. Consider invoice factoring and other non-traditional small business financing to improve your cash flow. Your business value will rise if your cash flow trends upward each year instead of remaining level.
- Define your competitive advantage. Why are you better than your competitors? Figure out your competitive advantage, and promote it. Having a competitive advantage will increase your small business value to potential buyers.
- Have a clear growth plan, including how to finance the growth. Project the cash flow needed to cover the costs of growth. Educated yourself business financing, such as business loans, and non-traditional financing, such as invoice factoring. Having a plan already in place will add to your business value.
- Try to remove the emotion. You undoubtedly worked hard to make your business successful. It may be hard to let go. Keep the emotion out of it. Prospective buyers are only interested in the value of the business in the future.
Whether you are selling a business now, or not for many years, it is important to consider your business value in the daily operations of your small business. When you do plan to sell, you will get top dollar for your hard work and dedication. Plus, circumstances may change at any time, and you may not have time to plan ahead for a needed sale. However, if you follow these tips and avoid diminishing your business value, you will be attractive to buyers at any time.
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