Why Use A Business Broker?

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If you are a seller, it’s lonely at the top.  Normally, you have your spouse, your partner and possibly your CPA and attorney to assist you in making major decisions.  But in reality, it falls upon your shoulders to determine whether you should or should not sell.  Many times, a CPA or attorney will encourage you to stay in business because they want to retain you as a client.  They do not understand the importance of freedom to an entrepreneur who has invested blood, sweat and tears over many years and now wants to take a break or a breather.  Your attorney and CPA are very important in the completion of the sales process after you have made the decision to sell.

A business broker who has been helping sellers and buyers on a daily basis fully understands the trade-off between personal freedom and financial freedom.  They are not oriented towards bodily retention.  They are oriented towards retention of goodwill.  There is tremendous personal satisfaction in having been the causal agent for matching the needs and wants of a seller and buyer who each have differing objectives.

When working with a seller, they have to maintain communication and keep telling the seller to keep their powder dry.  When working with a buyer, they have to control excessive enthusiasm.  There is a delicate balance that must be maintained in order to have a successful conclusion.

A business broker knows experts in various professions that can be brought to the table when necessary.  It might be a CPA, an attorney, a financial planner, an investment advisor, an insurance agent, an EPA expert, a real estate appraiser, or an equipment specialist, etc. 

The business broker is the quarterback for the team.  They need to know when to pass the ball to another expert and let them run with it. They need to know when a conference call with the seller and buyer is adequate.  They need to know when a face-to-face meeting is necessary.  And most importantly, they need to know when to let the seller and buyer bond with one another.  Excessive interference based on insecurity will kill the deal as quickly as inadequate personal involvement.

The business broker constantly serves as the “reality check” for the seller or the buyer.  When the seller says “I want x dollars and it must be all cash” as the asking price, the business broker knows that emotion is driving this statement, and that over time, personal freedom will allow the seller to become more negotiable. 

When the buyer says “find me a company for $150,000 where I can earn $100,000”, the business broker will present the buyer with a list of companies where they can earn $100,000.  But the buyer will quickly find out that their expectations may differ greatly from what the market has to offer.

The most important reason to use a business broker is to have someone who routinely must “think outside the box.”  Someone who has worked in this industry for over 20 years has probably seen almost anything imaginable.  They have been called upon to mediate transactions in order to help sellers and buyers put their egos aside for the benefit of the deal.  Creativity can save a transaction that has been stopped dead in its tracks.  The business broker brings this creativity to the equation to help solve the problem and make everyone a winner.

Author’s note:  After helping sellers and buyers for more than 30 years, I have found that honesty, integrity, full disclosure, patience and a willingness to consider various alternatives makes the probability of success for all parties very high.
  • Author: Loren Schmerler
  • Title: Business Broker - Owner
  • Company: Bottom Line Management, Inc.
  • Company Website: http://www.botline.com/
  • Date: October 13, 2016
  • Category: Buying a Franchise or Business
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