“What is a Business Intermediary and Why Do I Need One?”
Courtesy of the Carolinas and Virginia Business Broker’s Association (CVBBA)
In many small businesses, the owner has a lot of proprietary equity; the business is truly the owner’s “baby” and they understand it from every angle. So often, when the decision to sell their business has been made, they are not sure how to proceed or have unrealistic expectations; they may talk to their CPA or other advisors and some may elect to attempt to sell it themselves. Sometimes this is because they are not aware there are any other options. Sometimes it is because they feel that they can do a better job than anyone else since they know their business so intimately.
However, the decision by an owner to sell their own business may be one of the largest missteps of their career. Why? Selling a business is much more complicated, involved and typically much more important than selling a house. Yet, imagine that you wanted to sell your home yourself without using a realtor. You may know your house better than anyone, so it may seem a logical decision. But do you know what it’s really worth in today’s market? Do you know how to market it to as many qualified potential buyers as possible? Should you get an offer, do you have the experience to negotiate on your own behalf to get the most amount of money possible? Once agreed on a price, can you assist the buyer to assure proper financing is attained and keep the deal moving forward? Finally, even if you answered yes to any of these questions, can you afford the time it would take to complete this process? How much would this time really cost in terms of your productivity? Well, just like a house, you can ask each of these questions about your business and whether taking the sale into your own hands would really be to your benefit.
Fortunately for you, there is a better and easier way to sell a business that will typically result in a higher sale price, a faster close and require much less stress and time on your part. Chances are, there is a qualified business intermediary or ‘business broker’ in your town who, like a real estate agent, can properly price, list, market and sell your business. Selling a company confidentially is a complex and intricate process. A professional business intermediary will be able to handle every aspect of the sale cycle and keep the transaction moving forward through each step.
The RVA Advisors Business Brokerage way begins well before the business is ever listed for sale, with a full analysis of business operations and financial charisma to make sure that your business is as desirable as possible to potential buyers and their financiers. RVA Advisors is the ONLY Accredited Small Business Consultancy in the Richmond area, a certification hard-earned and granted by the only accreditation organization for small business consultants in the world, the AASBC.
RVA Advisors Business Brokerage will provide you with the guidance you need to navigate the often tumultuous world of small business transactions.
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