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Marc Gudema

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Create Notes Now of How Covid-19 has Affected Your Business.

Posted by Marc Gudema on Tue, Jul 07, 2020 @ 12:41 PM

Many businesses are being affected by the Covid-19 shutdowns and their effect on business results. Because of this, it is likely that business buyers and lenders will consider this in valuing your business and approving a loan for a business buyer when you sell your business. But how it is considered will depend on your particular situation. Businesses in the same industry are being affected differently. It is likely that business buyers and lenders will want to dig deeper into what your business did during this time and how it was affected. Now is the time to create notes, or a journal, of what is occurring. Here are some suggestions on what to include in the notes.

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Tags: sell a business, exit planning, covid-19

Is This a Good Time to Buy or Sell an Auto Repair or Auto Body Business?

Posted by Marc Gudema on Wed, May 13, 2020 @ 03:59 PM

If you have been thinking of buying or selling an automotive business, you are probably concerned about how these businesses are going to do after the shutdowns end.   In the Northeast, the amount of driving is lower -- with a big impact on the revenues of auto repair and auto body businesses.  What does the future hold?

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Tags: sell a business, how to sell an auto repair shop, sell an auto body business

Now is Not the Time to Deal with Only One Buyer for Your Business

Posted by Marc Gudema on Tue, Apr 14, 2020 @ 10:55 AM

Dealing with only one buyer for your business is not a good idea in good times.  It’s an even riskier idea now.   It’s not unusual that a business owner, who is interested in selling their business, to be contacted by a potential buyer.  There are many reasons why dealing directly with only one buyer is a bad idea.

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Tags: sell a business, how to sell a business, how to sell a business for the best price

With the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Outbreak, Should you Buy a Business Now?

Posted by Marc Gudema on Mon, Mar 23, 2020 @ 10:29 AM

If you have been thinking about buying a business, you are probably questioning whether now is the right time to do so.  As we all know, the coronavirus/covid-19 outbreak is affecting the economy. It’s understandable that people are concerned about what the future holds. As a country, we’ve been through many traumatic events. We survived 9/11 and the great recession. The United States is the strongest country in the world with tremendous resources in its people and economy. We will get through this and be as strong as ever.

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Tags: buy a business, when to buy a business, coronavirus, covid-19

How to Avoid Roadblocks When Selling a Franchise Business

Posted by Marc Gudema on Thu, Jul 11, 2019 @ 12:48 PM

An established franchise business can be a great business to buy.  As opposed to starting a new business, they offer a number of benefits to the owner.  Some of these are immediate favorable name recognition for the brand,  a system for operating a business, and training and support.  When selling the business, there are some potential roadblocks that the buyer and seller should be aware of in order to avoid them and have a smoother sale.

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Tags: sell a franchise business, resell a franchise, buy a franchise business, franchises

How to Sell Your Property Management Business for the Best Price

Posted by Marc Gudema on Thu, Feb 21, 2019 @ 09:14 AM

There are many potential buyers for a property management business.  It’s an industry where many businesses grow by acquiring other companies in the industry.  The recurring revenues also make the business attractive to individuals looking for a business to buy.  But, property management companies don’t all sell for the same price.  Here are some tips on what you can do to increase the selling price of your business.

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Tags: how to sell a business for the best price, how to sell a property management business

3 Big Reasons to Buy the Assets, not the Corporation, When you Buy a Business

Posted by Marc Gudema on Tue, Dec 04, 2018 @ 02:10 PM

When you buy a business, you have a choice, should you buy the assets of the business or buy the legal entity, typically a corporation?  In most sales, it is better for the buyer to buy the assets.  Here are the reasons why.

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Tags: buy a business, asset sale, asset allocation

When is the best time to sell your business?  The best time may be sooner than you think.

Posted by Marc Gudema on Mon, Nov 19, 2018 @ 11:50 AM

Most of our sales are for business owners who are selling for lifestyle, not financial, reasons.  Common lifestyle reasons are retirement, becoming tired of the business, health, or the need to move elsewhere.  The reason we say that these are lifestyle reasons rather than financial is that the motivation is based on lifestyle considerations, rather than financial.  In most business sales of a successful business, the return on the sale proceeds, after taxes on the sale price, will be less than the owner was earning out of the business.

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Tags: how to sell a business for the best price, how long does it take to sell a business

Should you rent out your business rather than sell it?

Posted by Marc Gudema on Wed, Aug 22, 2018 @ 11:04 AM

Every so often a business owner will ask me whether they should rent the business to a potential buyer rather than sell the business to them.  These business owners also own the real estate so it makes sense to them to get rent for a long time rather than sell the business for a one-time payment.  Renting a business to a potential buyer is not the same as renting real estate, and not a good idea.

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Tags: sell a business

Buying a Business?  Don’t Put the Cart in Front of the Horse.

Posted by Marc Gudema on Thu, Aug 02, 2018 @ 02:55 PM

When you buy a business, there are usually two agreements that are signed.  The initial agreement has the important terms of the deal – such as price, terms, training, what assets are included, and contingencies.  The usual contingencies are for due diligence, financing, obtaining a lease if the location is important, and agreeing on the final purchase and sale agreement.  Some buyers make the mistake of wanting to deal with the contingencies(the cart) before an agreement is signed(the horse).  This is a mistake.

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Tags: buy a business

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