What are the 5 Key Questions to Ask When Selling Your Business?

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Whether you’ve been planning on selling your business since you started it, or you woke up one morning and said, “I’m done!”, there are some things that you need to consider before hanging a for sale sign on your shingle. It can be tough to let go of a business you’ve poured your blood, sweat, and tears into for years. … Read More

How Much Time Should you Allow for Selling Your Business?

I spoke with a business owner the other day, and he asked how much time he should allow selling his business. He had recently gone through the process of hiring a broker and felt like it needed to be shorter. I told him it depends on a few factors, but it typically takes 8-12 months to sell a business if … Read More

It’s Not What You Sell Your Business For, It’s What You Keep

It's not what you sell your business for

There are many discussions these days about how much businesses are actually worth. You hear about companies being sold for tens or hundreds of millions of dollars, and it can be tempting to think your business is worth just as much. But many people don’t realize that the sale price isn’t nearly as important as how much you keep for … Read More

8 Most Common Mistakes When Selling Your Business

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When you’re ready to sell your business, it’s essential to make sure you avoid common mistakes. It’s important to note that these mistakes are as much about psychology as methodology. Most of these mistakes happen when business owners don’t have a clear plan for how they want to sell their business. I’ve seen business owners wake up one day and … Read More

Immediate Financing Arrangement: The Ultimate Don’t Pay Until Later Solution

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We’ve all heard the enticing advertisements, the “Don’t Pay a cent for 24 months” event. When I hear these ads, I think of a Bad Boy or The Brick commercial. There is an incredible opportunity for business owners to do the same thing with financing their life insurance policies. Consider the Immediate Financing Arrangement (IFA); the ultimate don’t pay a … Read More

No One Wakes Up and Suddenly Decides to Become Charitable One Day

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In the past, I would never describe myself as being particularly charitable. It’s not that I wasn’t compassionate or I was completely selfish, but to be honest, I didn’t think that anything I contributed towards charity would make a meaningful difference. I wasn’t able to write a significant cheque. The other reason, there wasn’t a particular cause that I was … Read More

The Top 6 Things I Would’ve Done Differently with My First Business

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Experience gives us knowledge. Unfortunately, this knowledge can come at a very hefty price. In the case of my Partners and me, it resulted in the bankruptcy of our office furniture business. We did a lot of things right and enjoyed great successes for most of the time I was an owner. We were never afraid of change. In fact, … Read More