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You’ve worked hard to build up your business, but you’ve come to realize that it is time to move on to other ventures. You have to determine what you are going to do with the company. For many people, the most reasonable option is to sell it. Not only does this enable the customers to continue the relationship, it also gives the employees a chance to continue earning a living. Finally, it allows you to recover some money you’ve put into the business.

One thing that people might not realize is that you have to prepare for the sale of the business unless it is an emergency. Investors likely want to see that the company has the chance to be profitable or that it has been. Profitability is one thing that draws potential buyers.

You also need to determine the company’s value. You’ll do this using a business appraiser. Once you have this information, you’ll have a better idea of what’s possible for the sale. Having the appraiser’s valuation also enables you to show that what you’re asking is a fair price.

Gathering documents is another step in the process. Potential buyers may want to see financial documents and income tax returns for the past few years. The more information you can provide, the better chance you’ll find a buyer.

When you come to an agreement with the buyer, it is time to draw up the contracts. These are vitally important so ensure that you have everything spelled out clearly. Having more than one set of eyes review the documents can help to spot any errors or omissions before everything is signed.