Saving Yourself From A Nightmare – How To Get Ready For Due Diligence



Selling your business can be tough and time consuming. In addition to your day-to-day responsibilities as a business owner you have to be available for conference calls and meetings with brokers and potential buyers, you have to host on-site tours, you have to train the new owner and most importantly you have to provide the information and documentation a buyer requests during due diligence.

 

This last part – the documentation – can become a massive issue if you as a seller aren’t ready with what a buyer will probably ask for long before they actually ask.

 

 

Here’s why. Once you’ve accepted an offer from a buyer the due diligence period can begin (where a buyer typically gets a couple of weeks to go through your business records and decide if they want to continue with the purchase) – but it only officially begins once you’ve supplied a buyer with the information they’ve requested. Your business is essentially off the market during this time, so prolonging the time before due diligence starts by being unprepared on your end can keep your business away from the eyes of other potential buyers should this deal fall through.

 

This part of a business transaction exemplifies the saying “an ounce of preparation is worth a pound of cure” because you don’t want to be scrambling to assemble lists of expenses, months of payroll, multiple years of tax returns, copies of business licenses and permits, leases for your business location, registration information for equipment and/or vehicles, dates of purchase for equipment or inventory, leases or purchase documentation for company vehicles, client contracts, vendor contracts, lists of assets, multiple months of inventory records, employee files – all while the pressure of a due diligence timeline hangs over your head. It can be a maddening and stress-fueled nightmare if you aren’t ready.

 

The best thing you can do for your sanity, your hopes of reaching a closing table and your relationship with potential buyers is be ready.

 

Talk to your business broker about what a buyer is going to want to see – then get all of that documentation ready. Create files that can be shared, collect copies of documentation and make sure your financial records are easy to read and decipher. If your books are a mess your broker might recommend having a CPA who specializes in business transactions put your financial records together in a way that will make sense to buyers.

 

The message here is it won’t be good for you or your hopes of successfully selling your business if you’re trying to do ten years of books in three days. Get ready first.

 

Is selling your business something you’re considering in the near future? Do your business records consist of hundreds of unorganized pieces of paper currently shoved in a big box under your desk? Would you like to know more about what potential buyers are going to want to see? Feel free to leave any questions or comments and we would be happy to help. 

 

 

 

Michael Monnot

941.518.7138
Mike@InfinityBusinessBrokers.com
5111 Ocean Boulevard, Suite E
Siesta Key, FL 34242

www.InfinityBusinessBrokers.com


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Michael Monnot

941.518.7138
Mike@InfinityBusinessBrokers.com

5111-E Ocean Blvd
Siesta Key, FL 34242

Michael Monnot

941.518.7138
Mike@InfinityBusinessBrokers.com

5111-E Ocean Blvd
Siesta Key, FL 34242




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