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3 Essential Metrics Business Owners Should Know When Selling Their Online Company

Have you built a strong online business, putting your heart and soul into it and made the executive decision to sell it? If so, then congratulations. Building your business from scratch was difficult, selling it will be no easy feat either. In fact, it can be downright tricky! After all, you don’t want to undersell your company and lose money, but asking too much for it can also have a negative impact. If you plan to sell your successful online business, you need to know what your business is worth – what a potential buyer is willing to purchase it [...]

The Ultimate Guide to Getting a Killer Deal on an Online Business without Being a Harsh Negotiator

Always in the movies, you see some angry businessman sitting in their office suite negotiating some important deal, yelling, screaming, and dictating orders into the phone. It’s easy to look at this type of media and think that this is the way that business deals go down in real life, and to believe that perhaps this is the only way. Fortunately, that isn't the case. It has been shown that having a good sense of humor, a level head, an easy tone, a good temperament and the capability to not take everything said and done around you personally are great [...]

Looking to Sell Your Online Business? Think Like a Buyer

There are many reasons why people decide to start an online business, but for many owners, there is a clear goal of one day selling that Internet-based business for a profit. If you got your online business off the ground with plans to grow it and one day sell the company to recoup what you invested and make a nice return, it's important to keep that eventual sale in mind as you make decisions from day to day. All too often, online business owners end up over estimating how much their companies are worth. It's easy to understand why, of [...]

Tune-Up Your Online Business for a More Profitable Exit Strategy

When you start your online business, your goal is to grow it and make it profitable. As your online business moves out of the startup phase and becomes an established business, your goal is to continue to grow, increase your market share and keep your existing customers coming back to you. But then what comes next? Some online business owners start a company with the plan of owning it forever and passing it on to the next generation, but increasingly, people are founding online startups in hopes of one day selling their companies for a large profit and then taking [...]

Why More Baby Boomers Are Looking to Sell Their Online Businesses

Small businesses are being sold at paces that are record breaking compared to recent years. A market report found that the sale of small businesses with annual revenues of under $500,000 and medium size businesses with annual revenues of $500,000 to $2 million increased by 6 percent during the first three months of 2015, continuing an upward trend in small and medium sized business sales that has been on pace for roughly 2 years. More entrepreneurs are buying small and medium sized online businesses that are already established and thriving rather than launching startups, according to experts, and part of [...]

Top 3 Mistakes Preventing You From Selling Your Online Business

What have you been working toward as you grow your online business? If you're like many entrepreneurs, you've toiled day in and day out to grow your business, so that you could maximize your return on both your financial and time investments and make as much as possible when it comes time to one day sell your business. Entrepreneurs who are working now with their eventual exit in mind may be dismayed to know that selling a business isn't always the surefire process that they believe. A study done by Pepperdine University found that more than half of all hopeful [...]

Are Business Plans a Waste of Time?

When you read most of the literature about starting an online business, the conventional wisdom is always to begin by writing a business plan. You hear the advice that you must have a business plan to ensure success so many times that it can begin to feel like an unarguable truth about beginning your own company; however, the truth is that a business plan won't keep your company from failing. In fact, all too often, people invest too much time in their business plans and wind up missing other important steps in the planning process.   Here are three things [...]

How Long Does It Take From Listing to Closing?

When you decide that it's time to sell your online business, you want the process to reach its conclusion as quickly as possible. As a result, it's natural to wonder just how long it will take for your internet business to sell once you've officially listed it with an online business broker; however, it's not easy to determine an exact timeframe, as many things can affect the speed at which your online business sells, including:  - How strong your sales are  - The desirability and appeal of your industry from a buyer's prospective  - Future growth potential of your online [...]

My Small Internet Business Has Big Potential

Every business owner knows that no matter how great their business is, there is always room for improvement.  When you own a business you are often faced with decisions that mean you are investing your time and money into certain aspects of the business, leaving the door open for opportunity.  When it comes time to sell your business, this is marketed as the “potential”. At Acquisitions Direct, our brokers are often faced with this question from our buyers, “If the business you are selling has big potential, why hasn’t the current owner been able to develop the potential?”.  The specific [...]

Why some online “regular” businesses sell for huge premiums

When it comes to starting a successful online business, ordinary seems to be the way to go. In a struggling economy, it’s the everyday products and services— health and beauty products, sports and fitness products, IT and online marketing businesses, etc.—that outshine the novel ones. In general, most online businesses usually sell for about 2.0 to 4.5 times the seller’s total discretionary income. But there is a certain section of the market—namely, businesses that provide common goods and services that command the higher range of these multiples. Why are these companies selling for so much? Here are a few reasons: [...]

Why Business Brokers Require Exclusive Listing Agreements

Selling a business, particularly an online one, requires knowledge, experience and hard work. Most business owners simply don’t have the time or the resources available to successfully sell their businesses on their own, which is why if you’re considering selling, working with a business broker can be the ideal solution.  When you enlist the help of a business broker, you can leave the work to a professional with experience brokering these types of deals, and because brokers get paid when you sell your business, you can be certain that they will do everything in their power to facilitate the sale. [...]

Importance of Accurate Financials When Selling Your Business

When you’re preparing to sell your Internet business, you’ll have a number of things to consider and do. As you develop your exit strategy, one thing that you simply can’t afford to neglect is preparing accurate financial statements. While you can tell prospective buyers about your success, your financial statements are the proof that buying your website is a lucrative business opportunity, so you simply can’t underestimate their importance. Problems with the accuracy of financial statements can jeopardize any deal by: Ruining buyer trust – If a buyer believes that you intentionally withheld or falsified information, he or she may [...]

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