Most business owners are considering several options for the future of the ownership of their businesses. If you’re keeping your options open, that is typical. But business owners who end up selling their businesses to an outside, unrelated buyer often report that they wish they had known more about what the sale process would be like, and that they wish they had spent more time (years) preparing. So, whether you are actively looking for a buyer right now, or if a sale is only one possibility you’re considering for the future, it’s important to take steps today that could be helpful in a future sale. If you put the company on the market, there will be a lot to think about, and anything you can do today to make that process easier is well worth the effort.
Selling your business can be overwhelming. You probably want to be sure that your company will be in good hands after you leave. Don’t wait until after you’ve made the decision about who your buyer will be to make sure that your most important employees remain loyal to you and the business. By then it might be too late. To improve the chances that your employees stick around and continue to support the business plan that enabled you to attract a good buyer, consider taking the follow precautions.
Time is on your side when you start planning early. It can mean the difference between options being available to you or being off the table. Planning ahead to keep key people around can also have additional benefits, even if you decide you’re never leaving your company.
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