You Don’t Want Us To Tell You What You Want To Hear: Choosing A Business Broker

When it comes to selling your business one of the most critical decisions you’ll make is selecting the right business broker. A trustworthy and experienced broker can be your guiding light through the complex process of selling your business.


One of the first things you’ll discuss with potential brokers is a listing price for your business. A caveat here: not all brokers are created equal – and it’s imperative to choose one who tells you the unvarnished truth about what your business is worth.


It does you no good to go with a broker who only tells you what you want to hear. 


Why would a broker tell you what you want to hear instead of listing your business for a realistic price? Your listing benefits them whether your business sells or not. 



A business broker who lets you list your business for whatever you want only wants your listing because the listing generates calls from potential buyers. Those potential buyers aren’t going to go for your absurdly priced business, but the broker doesn’t care because they can just offer those buyers a different listing that’s more reasonably priced. This is an important (but ugly) part of the business-for-sale market that’s important for you to understand when you’re deciding on a broker. The broker who pushes back, who is brutally honest and has the rationale to backup their thoughts is far, far better for your success than the guy who tells you yes to anything. 


Here’s why:


Many business owners understandably have a strong emotional attachment to their business. You’ve likely put in countless hours and your blood, sweat and tears. Consequently, you may overestimate the value of your business based on sentiment rather than a realistic assessment of market conditions, financials and other objective factors. This is where a blunt business broker becomes invaluable.


A broker who actually has your success as the primary goal will conduct a thorough and objective business valuation based on market trends, financial data and industry benchmarks. They won’t inflate the value to appease your expectations, but rather provide an accurate assessment, even if it’s less than what you had hoped for.


While it’s natural to want a ton of money for your business, a good broker will help you set realistic expectations. Look for someone who backs up their thoughts with real metrics and has your best interest at heart, whether you like what you hear or not.


Would you like to know what businesses like yours are currently selling for? Do you have questions about how we help you put together a realistic listing price for your business? Ask us! Leave any questions or comments and we would be happy to help.




Michael Monnot


Business Buyers: Should You Put In A Backup Offer?

It can be very, very frustrating. You find a business you really like but discover that it is already under contract with another buyer. It can be tempting to give up and move on to the next business on your list, but there’s a savvy strategy that can significantly increase your chances of acquiring that dream business. Put in a backup offer. 





It secures your position in line.


One of the primary reasons for submitting a backup offer is to secure a position in line if the primary contract falls through. In the unpredictable world of business transactions, deals can and do fall apart for various reasons – such as financing issues or disagreements over terms. By having a backup offer in place, you position yourself as the next in line to acquire the business, giving you a valuable advantage.


It shows how serious you are about the business.


Submitting a backup offer demonstrates your genuine interest and seriousness as a buyer. Sellers often appreciate proactive buyers who are willing to invest time and effort into the deal. This can create a positive impression and potentially influence the seller to consider your offer more favorably in the event that the primary contract fails.


It might give you a leg up in future negotiations. 


In some cases, the primary contract may fall apart due to negotiation conflicts or disputes over terms. When you have a backup offer ready, it can provide leverage for renegotiating terms with the seller. Knowing that another viable offer is waiting in the wings may encourage the seller to reconsider certain terms, potentially in your favor.


An important note: submitting a backup offer typically does not require a financial commitment (like a deposit). You can, however, add a deposit to you backup offer in order to strengthen your position – just ask your business broker to add a fully refundable deposit clause in the event your backup offer is not needed. This means you can pursue other opportunities while keeping your backup offer as a safety net.


In the competitive world of business transactions deals fall apart every day. Putting in a backup offer when you really like a business that is already under contract can be a savvy move that pays off in various ways. It positions you as a serious buyer and can provide negotiation leverage. While it may not guarantee success, it significantly increases your chances of getting your hands on the business you really want if the primary deal falls through. Consider the strategic advantage of the backup offer – it just might be the key to unlocking your dream business.


Have you been looking at businesses and have only liked those already under contract? Would you like to know more about how to put together a backup offer? Ask us! Leave any questions or comments and we would be happy to help.



Michael Monnot







Balancing Love + Business: How To Buy A Business With Your Spouse

Buying a business comes with its own set of challenges and rewards. When you add the dynamic of doing it with your spouse, it can become an even more intricate journey. While the idea of working together and building a business as a couple can be enticing, it’s essential to consider everything that will ensure the success of both your professional and personal lives.



Here’s some thoughts to consider:


Before diving into a business venture together, it’s crucial to have a shared vision and clear objectives. Discuss your long-term goals, such as the type of business you want, the level of involvement you both feel comfortable with and your financial expectations. Ensure your aspirations align to avoid potential conflicts down the road.


Establishing well-defined roles and responsibilities is vital to prevent confusion and conflicts. Determine who will handle specific aspects of the business – such as finances, operations, marketing, etc. Clear delineation of roles helps streamline decision-making and avoids arguments.


Consult with legal and financial professionals to determine the most suitable structure for your business. Options include forming a partnership, LLC or corporation. Each has its own tax and legal implications, and making the right choice can help protect your personal assets outside of the business.


Effective communication is essential in any business partnership, but even more so when your spouse is your business partner. Foster open and honest communication channels, and establish a process for resolving conflicts or disagreements. Remember that it’s okay to have differing opinions, but finding compromise is key.


Talk about how you’ll pay for the business. Are you using personal savings, seeking investors or taking out loans? Ensure both partners are on the same page regarding financial contributions and expectations. Be realistic about the financial commitment required to purchase a business – such as the extra capital needed to secure a commercial lease, pay for payroll, license/permit fees and the like.


Maintaining a healthy work-life balance can be challenging when you’re both deeply involved in the business. Set boundaries for work hours and designate specific areas for discussing business matters. Make time for personal and family activities to prevent burnout and maintain a strong relationship outside of work.


It’s essential to plan for the future, including scenarios where you may decide to sell the business or if unforeseen circumstances arise. Discuss and create an exit strategy that outlines how you’ll handle a business sale, succession planning or dissolution – and most importantly ensure it’s legally documented to keep it from becoming a massive issue if your personal relationship falls apart.


Buying a business with your spouse can be a rewarding because it allows you to share both professional and personal aspects of your life. However, it comes with its own set of complexities and challenges. Balancing love and business is possible with the right planning, communication and commitment to your shared vision.


Are you considering buying a business with your spouse but hadn’t yet considered everything we’ve listed here? Do you have questions about how to set up a well-defined exit strategy? Ask us! Leave any questions or comments and we would be happy to help.




Michael Monnot


Buyer + Seller Beware: Make Sure Your Business Broker Is Really A Broker

Selling or buying a business is a significant decision. It requires careful consideration and expertise. Many entrepreneurs and business owners turn to business brokers to navigate this complex process. However, not all business brokers are created equal, and one critical factor to consider is whether the broker is really a broker.



What do we mean by that?


Many, many “brokers” aren’t business brokers at all. They’re real estate agents, attorneys – even dentists who “help” people buy and sell businesses on the side. You do not want a fly-by-night, part-time broker. You want an experienced and qualified full-time professional. Using someone who isn’t actually a business broker to help you buy or sell a business would be like going to your CPA to fix a toothache.




Part-time business brokers, as the name suggests, have other commitments outside of brokering deals. This limited availability can lead to slow response times and delayed communication. When you’re in the midst of a business transaction, time is of the essence and delays can be costly. A full-time broker is more likely to prioritize your deal and provide the attention it deserves.


Business transactions involve a multitude of legal, financial and operational complexities. A part-time business broker may not have the same depth of knowledge, experience or industry connections as their full-time counterparts. Selling or buying a business often requires specialized expertise, which a part-time broker may not be able to provide.


The business landscape is constantly evolving, and staying updated with industry trends, regulations and market conditions is crucial. Part-time brokers may struggle to keep pace with these changes due to their limited exposure to the market. A full-time broker is more likely to have their finger on the pulse of the industry, giving you a better understanding of current market dynamics.


One of the key benefits of working with a business broker is their network of potential buyers or sellers. A full-time broker has more time and resources to build and maintain a broad and diverse network. This extensive network can lead to more opportunities and a higher likelihood of finding the right buyer or seller for your business.


Successful business transactions often require substantial resources, including marketing, legal support and financial analysis. Part-time brokers may not have the resources or connections needed to provide these services adequately. In contrast, full-time brokers are more likely to have established relationships with professionals who can support the transaction process.


While part-time business brokers may be well-intentioned – their limitations in terms of availability, expertise and resources can pose significant risks when it comes to selling or buying a business. Work with a full-time, experienced and qualified business broker who can provide the dedication and expertise needed to achieve a successful outcome. 


Are you looking at buying or selling a business and didn’t know that some “business brokers” aren’t business brokers at all? Would you like to know more about how we (as full time, experienced and qualified brokers) can better assist you through the transaction process? Ask us! Leave any questions or comments and we would be happy to help.




Michael Monnot


Keeping Appointments When Buying A Business – Why It’s So Important


It might seem insignificant. You had an appointment with a broker for a call or you’re supposed to do a walk through of the business after coordinating with the brokers and the seller. What’s the harm if you let everyone know you can’t make it or if you forget and don’t show?


Keeping appointments is very, very important when you are trying to buy a business. It can make or break your journey to becoming a business owner.




When you buy someone’s business you aren’t buying a simple physical object. You’re buying someone’s blood, sweat and tears. Most business sellers care a lot about who buys their business because they want the business to continue as a success. They want their employees to be happy and keep their jobs. They want the brand they started to continue in the community. 


A business buyer can’t just write a check. You need to have an amicable, professional relationship with the seller. You need them to trust you with their business. You need them to train you when you first take over. You need them to negotiate with you.


This is why it’s so crucial to keep all of your appointments in the business buying process.


Consider these thoughts:


Showing up when you said you would demonstrates commitment and professionalism.


When you’re in the process of buying a business, keeping appointments demonstrates your level of commitment and professionalism to the seller, the brokers, your prospective future commercial landlord and the like. It shows that you value their time and take the deal seriously. Consistently showing up (and showing up on time) for meetings and appointments establishes a positive impression, making it more likely that everyone involved will view you as a reliable and trustworthy part of the process.


Keeping appointments helps you build trust.


Buying a business involves a lot of negotiation and collaboration. Keeping appointments allows you to build trust and rapport with the seller. Trust is vital in a successful business transaction. It can lead to more open communication, smoother negotiations and a greater likelihood of finding solutions when inevitable problems arise. 


Respecting everyone’s schedule and time can keep the deal on track.


Time is often of the essence in the business buying process. Missing appointments can lead to delays in decision-making, which might allow competing buyers to swoop in with a better offer or the business’s situation to change unexpectedly. Appointments often need to be made by coordinating the schedules of (at the very least) you as the buyer, the seller, the seller’s broker and your broker. Rescheduling this many parties can take a lot of time – time you might not have if something changes. Staying on schedule ensures that you have the necessary information to make timely decisions, helping you seize opportunities before they slip away.


Keeping appointments might seem like a minor detail in the grand scheme of buying a business – but the impact of this simple act can’t be understated. From building trust to making informed decisions, every aspect of the business buying process is influenced by your ability to honor your commitments. 


Are you thinking about buying a business and hadn’t considered how important it it to keep appointments? Would you like to know more about why your relationship with the seller is so crucial to success? Ask us! Leave any questions or comments and we would be happy to help.




Michael Monnot


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