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Considerations when thinking of selling a business

| Aug 23, 2018 | Buying & Selling Businesses |

Business owners in North Carolina may be unsure about whether or when to take that next step toward selling their companies. While entrepreneurs may achieve substantial success from heading up their own companies, there can be a significant allure to selling the business, especially if a significant financial offer is at stake. Others may want to pursue new business ideas that are not possible to do until they exit their current enterprise.

Some owners may decide to sell their enterprises because while they love the independence and innovation of their companies, they may dislike dealing with the administrative side of a company. Legal concerns, accounting issues and hiring responsibilities can be a major weight on a business owner that distracts attention from the core product or service. When moving forward with the sale of a business, a merger or an acquisition, it can be helpful for an entrepreneur to spend time thinking about the decision in order to make sure he or she makes the right choice. Even a simple tool like a list of pros and cons can help clarify a person’s thought process.

There are a number of reasons why an owner might want to sell their business. A family business that was a labor of love for the founder might be more of a burden for a later successor, even if it remains profitable. At the same time, it is important to ensure that all of the legal and financial bases are properly covered.

A business is a complex asset that includes intellectual properties, employment agreements and other aspects beyond the name and products provided by the company. A business and commercial lawyer can help entrepreneurs thinking of buying or selling a business to ensure that their contracts are beneficial and that the deal is completed in their favor.

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