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June 1, 2012

Rating Today’s Business Buyers: Family Members

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Once the decision to sell has been made, a business owner should be aware of the number of possible business buyers. Just as small business itself has become more sophisticated, the people interested in buying them have also become more complex and divergent. Here is one of today’s most active categories of business buyers:

Family Members

First In A Series

Members of the seller’s own family form a traditional category of business buyer: tried but not always “true.” The notion of a family member taking over is amenable to many of the parties involved because they envision continuity, seeing that as a prime advantage. And it can be, given that the family member treats the role as something akin to a hierarchical responsibility. This can mean years of planning and diligent preparation, involving all or many members of the family in deciding who will be the “heir to the throne.” If this has been done, the family member may be the best type of buyer.

Too often, however, the difficulty with the family buyer category lies in the conflicts that may develop. For example, does the family member have sufficient cash to purchase the business? Can the selling family member really leave the business? In too many cases, these and other conflicts result in serious disruption to the business or to the sales transaction. The result, too often, is an “I-told-you-so” situation, where there are too many opinions, but no one is really ever the wiser. An outside buyer eliminates these often insoluble problems.

The key to deciding on a family member as a buyer is threefold: ability, family agreement, and financial worthiness. •

 

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About the Author

Matt Coletta
Matt Coletta
Matt Coletta is a Certified Business Broker and the Managing Partner of Business Team, Business Sales & Acquisitions, the largest Business Brokerage Firm in the Western United States since 1981. For more than 17 years, Matt has specialized in selling family-owned businesses in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, service as well as many others. Matt can be reached at Business Team, Business Sales & Acquisitions, (818) 519-9672, or info@certifiedbizbroker.com. Read more about Matt Coletta Here...




 
 

 
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