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When is The Best Time to Sell My Business?


When is The Best Time to Sell My Business?

By , November 25, 2020

We are often asked by business owners – When is the best time to sell my business? Unfortunately, the answer is often complicated because there are several factors involved. The simple view is that the best time to sell the business is when you as the owner, the business, and the market for private businesses are all aligned and at a high point – to ensure the best possible exit outcome.

This is very difficult to predict and achieve and often business owners who leave the planning of their sale or exit too late are forced to sell at exactly the wrong time i.e. before the business is ready, before they have sorted their financial arrangements for retirement, or when the markets are at a downturn point.

Market timing (whether you are talking about the stock market, the property cycle or privately held businesses) is always a difficult science, but importantly the critical factor is to be exit or sale ready at all times, so that you can take advantage of opportunities that may arise due to market events or simply, from an unsolicited offer. Businesses that are always sale ready are also much easier to run, less stressful and normally more financially rewarding for the owners.

There are always plenty of viable buyers for well-prepared, well-managed, low risk businesses and so preparation is key.

Personal and family planning is also an important aspect in terms of timing. Many business owners leave exit too late and are forced to sell due to illness or accident. Planning your retirement, financial management, asset protection and estate planning all needs to be part of the exit strategy (and unfortunately takes considerable time and effort).

“Begin with the end in mind” simply means start planning and preparing NOW.

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Craig West

Craig West

Managing Director | Succession Plus

Craig West is a strategic accountant who has over 20 years’ experience advising business owners. His background as a CPA in public practice, provided invaluable experience in the key issues of concern to business owners. Following 6 years of study to gain two masters degrees, Craig focused on Capital Gains Tax (CGT) for business sales advising on strategic management of tax issues. This experience formed a very strong view that business owners (and often their advisers) were unprepared and unaware of the steps required to prepare a business for exit.

Craig now acts as a strategic mentor for mid-market business owners and has written four critically acclaimed books on employee incentives, succession planning, asset protection and exit strategies. Craig has conducted numerous seminars and keynote presentations throughout Australia & internationally, including adviser education programs for the Institute of Chartered Accountants and CPA Australia.

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