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How to exit your business

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Getting ready to exit your business

Selling your business is a significant milestone that requires careful planning and strategic preparation. 

To ensure you get the best possible return on your investment, it's crucial to have a solid exit strategy in place. At First Class Accounts Ovens & Murray and Busy01 Consulting, we specialise in helping business owners develop and implement effective exit plans.

When you sell up, you want your business to have as much inherent value as possible – so you get a good price, a great return on your investment and the best possible payout.

So, how do you take yourself ‘out of the business’ as the founder, add the best value and set up an effective and financially beneficial exit strategy?

Exit your business - add value to your company

Whether the goal of your five-year plan is an acquisition by a larger corporate, or selling your share of the company to a chosen successor, it’s critically important to focus on adding value.

The more attractive the business looks in the market, the better the price you’ll achieve, or the better the yield you’ll see on selling your company shares.

To drive that value:

Work on the business, not in it

Working on the business means you’re no longer a fundamental part of the day-to-day operations and can focus on the higher-level strategic elements. 

This means building a strong management team and delegating responsibilities effectively. It also involves creating systems and processes that allow the business to run smoothly without your constant involvement. 

By doing this, you enhance the business's attractiveness to potential buyers, who will see a well-organised, self-sufficient operation.

Invest in adding value

Keep profits in the business, reduce your personal drawings, and plough that money back into growth and investment. This might include upgrading equipment, expanding your product line, improving your online presence, or enhancing customer service. 

By continuously reinvesting in your business, you not only boost its current value but also make it more attractive to potential buyers.

Improve your financial health

By taking control of your finances and building a strong balance sheet, positive cash flow, and attractive profit forecasts, you make your business more appealing to buyers. 

This includes maintaining accurate and up-to-date financial records, managing debt effectively, and ensuring that your financial statements reflect the true value of your business. 

A business with healthy finances is more likely to attract serious buyers and command a higher sale price.

Have a proper exit strategy

Develop a plan that has agreed targets, so you can track and measure whether goals are hit, and a strategy your team can get behind. 

Your exit strategy should include identifying potential buyers, understanding the market value of your business, and setting a timeline for the sale. It’s also crucial to consider the tax implications of selling your business and to plan accordingly to maximise your post-sale benefits. 

Make sure your team is aligned with this plan to ensure a smooth transition.

Talk to us about exiting your business

If you’re looking to sell up, you need a plan. Come and talk to us about creating a workable exit strategy, with a clear focus on driving value and delivering a solid return on your investment.

Get in touch to build your exit strategy.

Selling your business is a major decision that requires careful planning and expert advice. At First Class Accounts Ovens & Murray and Busy01 Consulting, we are here to help you every step of the way. Contact us today to discuss how we can assist you in creating a comprehensive exit strategy that ensures you get the best possible return on your investment.