Maximize Value

If you're like most entrepreneurs, a significant portion of your net worth is tied up in your business. In this section, learn about financial and qualitiative techniques available to ensure the value of your nest egg is maximized well before deciding to sell.



Both Sides of the Table: The Seller Becomes a Buyer Both Sides of the Table: The Seller Becomes a Buyer Both Sides of the Table: The Seller Becomes a Buyer Both Sides of the Table: The Seller Becomes a Buyer


Learn the perspective of a buyer from an entrepreneur who has experiences both selling and buying businesses.

Competitive Analysis: The No.1 Way to Impress Prospective Buyers Competitive Analysis: The No.1 Way to Impress Prospective Buyers Competitive Analysis: The No.1 Way to Impress Prospective Buyers Competitive Analysis: The No.1 Way to Impress Prospective Buyers


Want to impress prospective buyers? A competitive analysis will do just that and may even improve your business along the way.

What Your Supply Chain Business Is Really Worth What Your Supply Chain Business Is Really Worth What Your Supply Chain Business Is Really Worth What Your Supply Chain Business Is Really Worth


Jock Purtle, owner of digitalexits.com, explains the types of valuations to consider, the average multiple that supply chain businesses are...

Seller Beware! Top 12 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling a Business Seller Beware! Top 12 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling a Business Seller Beware! Top 12 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling a Business Seller Beware! Top 12 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling a Business


Don't assume that because you have built and operated a successful company, you can also undertake the sale of your company. Here are 12...

How Industry Consolidation Can Impact a Business Exit How Industry Consolidation Can Impact a Business Exit How Industry Consolidation Can Impact a Business Exit How Industry Consolidation Can Impact a Business Exit


Have you considered the stage of consolidation in your industry and how that might impact your plans for an exit?

Preparing for an Actual Increase in Purchase Price During Due Diligence Preparing for an Actual Increase in Purchase Price During Due Diligence Preparing for an Actual Increase in Purchase Price During Due Diligence Preparing for an Actual Increase in Purchase Price During Due Diligence


It's a common concern for business sellers that their price will be knocked down as a result of what's discovered during the due diligence...

A Calculation of Value Report and an Appraisal...There is a Difference A Calculation of Value Report and an Appraisal...There is a Difference A Calculation of Value Report and an Appraisal...There is a Difference A Calculation of Value Report and an Appraisal...There is a Difference


George Abraham of Business Evaluation Systems explains what a calculation of value report is and how it differs from an appraisal. Knowing...

9 Financial Tips to Keep Your Business in Sale Ready Shape 9 Financial Tips to Keep Your Business in Sale Ready Shape 9 Financial Tips to Keep Your Business in Sale Ready Shape 9 Financial Tips to Keep Your Business in Sale Ready Shape


When it's time to sell your business, your numbers must tell the right story. Ensure you know your numbers inside and out by following...

'Best of Breed': An Aggressive Valuation Strategy for the Best Mid-Market Businesses 'Best of Breed': An Aggressive Valuation Strategy for the Best Mid-Market Businesses 'Best of Breed': An Aggressive Valuation Strategy for the Best Mid-Market Businesses 'Best of Breed': An Aggressive Valuation Strategy for the Best Mid-Market Businesses


The best companies can't always be compared to their peers. That's where the best of breed strategy comes in. Find out how it's used in...

11 Reasons to Use Earnouts in the Sale of Your Company (Part 2) 11 Reasons to Use Earnouts in the Sale of Your Company (Part 2) 11 Reasons to Use Earnouts in the Sale of Your Company (Part 2) 11 Reasons to Use Earnouts in the Sale of Your Company (Part 2)


Dave Kauppi, M&A advisor with MidMarket Capital, Inc., gives five more reasons out of 11 why earnouts should be considered when selling...

11 Reasons to Use Earnouts in the Sale of Your Company (Part 1) 11 Reasons to Use Earnouts in the Sale of Your Company (Part 1) 11 Reasons to Use Earnouts in the Sale of Your Company (Part 1) 11 Reasons to Use Earnouts in the Sale of Your Company (Part 1)


Sellers have historically viewed earnouts with suspicion as a way for buyers to get control of their companies cheaply. However, here are...

Venture Capital Alternative for the IT Entrepreneur Venture Capital Alternative for the IT Entrepreneur Venture Capital Alternative for the IT Entrepreneur Venture Capital Alternative for the IT Entrepreneur


MidMarket Capital, Inc. explains their "smart equity" model and how it can serve both small entrepreneurial firms looking for an investment...

Podcast: 6 Key Components of the Entrepreneurial Operating System Podcast: 6 Key Components of the Entrepreneurial Operating System Podcast: 6 Key Components of the Entrepreneurial Operating System Podcast: 6 Key Components of the Entrepreneurial Operating System


Entrepreneurs looking to streamline their processes will want to listen to this latest Divestopedia podcast with our guest, Mike Paton, who...

Mezzanine Financing and Investing Explained Mezzanine Financing and Investing Explained Mezzanine Financing and Investing Explained Mezzanine Financing and Investing Explained


Mezzanine financing may be a great way for growing businesses to bridge the gap between what conventional banks will lend against assets...

Positioning a Business for a Merger or Acquisition (Part 2) Positioning a Business for a Merger or Acquisition (Part 2) Positioning a Business for a Merger or Acquisition (Part 2) Positioning a Business for a Merger or Acquisition (Part 2)


Read more for what you should be doing before you go to market with your business in this second of the three-part article by Jim Grebey,...

Positioning a Business for a Merger or Acquisition (Part 3) Positioning a Business for a Merger or Acquisition (Part 3) Positioning a Business for a Merger or Acquisition (Part 3) Positioning a Business for a Merger or Acquisition (Part 3)


Read more for what you should be doing before you go to market with your business in this final of the three-part article by Jim Grebey,...

Getting Ready to Sell: Advice from the Experts Getting Ready to Sell: Advice from the Experts Getting Ready to Sell: Advice from the Experts Getting Ready to Sell: Advice from the Experts


Valuable advice from our great Divestopedia Podcast guests.

Deal Momentum: A Key Factor When Selling Your Company Deal Momentum: A Key Factor When Selling Your Company Deal Momentum: A Key Factor When Selling Your Company Deal Momentum: A Key Factor When Selling Your Company


When you're selling your business, the worst enemy is time. Don't be a casualty; follow these 14 tried and true ways to push deal momentum...

Evolutionary Capital: Supporting Second Stage Companies and Their Leaders Evolutionary Capital: Supporting Second Stage Companies and Their Leaders Evolutionary Capital: Supporting Second Stage Companies and Their Leaders Evolutionary Capital: Supporting Second Stage Companies and Their Leaders


Evolutionary capital fits somewhere between venture capital and private equity in the second stage of a company’s growth. Although, only...