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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (March 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761147845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761147848
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,146,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I just completed a $17.3-million private equity deal for my company, LittleMissMatched. From my experience working with a leading private equity firm on all aspects of the transaction, I can now confidently say that Sell Your Business for the Max! captures each and every step of the process. This book is an incredible tool for any entrepreneur or owner looking to exit a business." — Jonah Staw, CEO, LittleMissMatched

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There’s a world of difference between wanting to sell your business and being able to sell your business.

Drawing lessons from his involvement in more than a hundred acquisitions, bestselling business writer Steve Kaplan outlines a ten-step plan to selling your business for the max. Using powerful real-life examples and a complementary suite of worksheets, he shows how to:
  • Establish the true worth of a business by using several simple valuation models.
  • Prepare and position your business for sale, from tying up loose ends to creating the right marketing materials.
  • Identify prospective buyers and even spark a bidding war.
  • Negotiate effectively.
  • Prepare for the diligence process—and know how to navigate this tricky period to command the highest price.
  • Guard against last-minute bombshells.
Selling a business requires a very different skill set—and mind-set—from running a business. But once you’re ready to begin, Steve Kaplan will point the way clearly to profit, success, and freedom.

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Format: Spiral-bound
I found this short little spiral-bound booklet to be a nice primer on how to sell your business and not leave much on the table. At some point the book lists the following Ten Steps you must be aware of:

1. Establish a baseline valuation
2. Select your selling team
3. Prepare your business for the sale
4. Indentify prospective buyers
5. Spark a bidding war
6. Negotiate effectively
7. Consider different deal structures
8. Prepare for due diligence
9. Understand the close
10. Sell through the roof

I won't say the book does much more than provide an overview. It is well organized and well written. But it did not go into enough depth on some key topics. For one, Chapter 1 on business valuations was cursory. There should have been at least a chapter on each of the three major ways to establish a company's value: economic, comparable, and emotional. Instead we got a page or two on each. Notice that "valuation" is Step 1 in the list above.

Chapter 8 was lacking, too. It covered Due Diligence. A whole book could be written on that subject alone. And that subject is so important when it comes to buying and selling a business. Notice that DD is Step 8 in the list above. 4 stars!

PS. If the subject matter of this book interests you, then consider taking a look at Buying and Selling a Business: A Step-by-Step Guide. And read the book review I posted for it on Amazon.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAME on September 20, 2009
Format: Spiral-bound
To sell your company, you must understand business valuation. You must find a qualified buyer. You must present your enterprise in the best possible light. You and anyone who represents you must be good negotiators. Get any of these wrong, and you may not be able to sell your firm for what it is worth. In this well-informed book, Steve Kaplan shows you how to get the best price for the business you've invested so many years in building. He expertly explains how to spruce it up to entice potential buyers and how to present it in the most compelling fashion. He provides worksheets and checklists to use during the process. With more than 100 business-sales transactions under his belt, Kaplan has the expertise you need in this specialized field full of pitfalls. If you have a business to sell, getAbstract recommends reading his savvy book.
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Excellent insight and information from someone who has been through the process many times. Particularly for most businessmen like me that will only go through the process once and have no experience to draw on.
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