How To Sell a Business

How to Sell a Business in Florida

Your business will be marketed in complete confidentiality – Sunbelt’s intermediaries understand the importance of maintaining the ongoing operation of the business.  We can show you how to sell a business with Sunbelt Business Brokers.

Utilizing the services of a Sunbelt South Florida business broker will insure that your business is properly prepared, packaged and confidentially marketed to the largest number of prospective buyers.

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Once you have decided to sell, you need to begin getting ready to present your business to prospective buyers.

  • Organize financial records: Three years tax returns and financial statements will be needed to demonstrate the financial history of the business.
  • Clean up & repair equipment: The first impression is very important to a buyer. Your business should appear well-organized and clean with all equipment in operating condition.
  • Normalize inventory: Salable inventory will be included in the sale. Remove any stale or obsolete inventory.
  • Evaluate you financial needs after the sale.
  • Schedule a Meeting with a Sunbelt broker to discuss objectives.
  • Discuss valuation, salability, marketing and buyer expectations.
  • Execute Sunbelt representation agreement.
  • Understand valuation techniques: Your Sunbelt broker will provide an opinion of value with no cost or obligation to you.
  • Engage third-party appraisal firm: third-party independent appraisal is highly recommended but not required.
  • Determine asking price
  • Detailed historical performance: How did your business get from start-up to where it is today?
  • Identify growth opportunities.
  • Develop a marketing strategy utilizing proven Sunbelt marketing techniques.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Manage your business during the marketing period.

  • Pre-qualify prospective buyers. All buyer candidates screened to insure they have the financial capability and background needed to buy your business.
  • Obtain confidentiality agreement from prospective buyer.
  • Arrange on-site meeting with buyer at the sellers convenience in order to maintain confidentiality.
  • Obtain offers from prospective buyers.
  • Evaluate offer to accept or counter-offer.
  • Facilitate negotiations of terms & conditions of offer.
  • Prepare for due diligence.
  • Respond to request for information from buyer.
  • Review offer with attorney and amend if necessary.
  • Assist buyer with information needed for financing.
  • Prepare closing documents for review by both parties.
  • Review completed closing documents.
  • Resolve any remaining contingencies.
  • Plan announcement to employees.
  • Sign closing documents and transfer funds.
  • Transition management to buyer.

Interested in learning more about buying or selling a business in South Florida?

Call us today at (561) 832-9222 to speak with one of Sunbelt’s Florida business brokers.