Top Ten Must-dos When Selling a Business

By Loren Schmerler of Bottom Line Management, Inc. Are you ready to sell your business? Thinking about starting new adventures? Certain changes you may make now can help you increase your business value. Below are top 10 tips on how to prepare your business for sale from expert, Bottom Line Management, Inc. founder, Loren Marc Schmerler, a … [Read more...]

IRS Regulations for S Corp vs LLC: a CPA Explains

By Greg DeFoor One of the questions I get asked by aspiring or new business owners as a CPA and Business Broker is about S Corporations vs LLCs. Before deciding whether to form an S Corp or an LLC, there are a number of issues to consider. Assuming there is only one owner or a few owners and that all owners are qualified to own their respective … [Read more...]

Business Valuation: Document Shredding Businesses

By Tim Greene, Business Broker and Consultant, DeFoor Business Services Recently I exchanged emails with the owner of a document shredding business. He asked me to explain the logic behind current business valuations for document shredding businesses. I show his questions and my answers below. Why are business valuations stated as a multiple of … [Read more...]

Creating Value in Privately Held Companies

“As shocking as it may sound, I believe that most owners of middle market private companies do not really know the value of their company and what it takes to create greater value in their company … Oh sure, the owner tracks sales and earnings on a regular basis, but there is much more to creating company value than just sales and earnings” … [Read more...]

What Would Your Business Sell For?

There is the old anecdote about the immigrant who opened his own business in the United States. Like many small business owners, he had his own bookkeeping system. He kept his accounts payable in a cigar box on the left side of his cash register, his daily receipts – cash and credit card receipts – in the cash register, and his invoices and paid … [Read more...]

Pratt’s Stats Private Deal Update 4Q 2015

The information provided below is excerpted from the Pratt’s Stats Private Deal Update: 4th Quarter 2015, which is copyrighted by and available exclusively from Business Valuation Resources, LLC. Brokers who contribute transaction details to Pratt’s Stats on closed business sales receive the complete Private Deal Update plus three months of free … [Read more...]

Pratt’s Stats Help for Brokers

Pratt’s Stats, published by Business Valuation Resources, LLC, is a great resource for GABB members. While GABB no longer get complimentary access to this valuable service, members who submit qualifying sales can get free access from the company. GABB also requires Million Dollar Club members to submit their deals to Pratt’s Stats as a … [Read more...]

Georgia Business Brokers Discuss Working With Buyers and Sellers

The collective wisdom of four brokers with 75 years experience was on stage Tuesday, June 30, as the Georgia Association of Business Brokers hosted a panel discussion on how to move buyers and sellers to the closing table. Moderated by GABB Vice President Mike Ramatowski, the panel featured GABB Treasurer Jay Fenello, who specializes in helping … [Read more...]

How Does Your Business Compare?

When considering the value of your company, there are basic value drivers. While it is difficult to place a specific value on them, one can take a look and make a “ballpark” judgment on each. How does your company look? Value DriverLowMediumHigh Business TypeLittle DemandSome DemandHigh Demand Business Growth LowSteadyHigh & Steady Market … [Read more...]

Valuing the Business: Some Difficult Issues

Business valuations are almost always difficult and often complex. A valuation is also frequently subject to the judgment of the person conducting it. In addition, the person conducting the valuation must assume that the information furnished to him or her is accurate. Here are some issues that must be considered when arriving at a value for the … [Read more...]