My name is Mark Goodfield. Welcome to The Blunt Bean Counter ™, a blog that shares my thoughts on income taxes, finance and the psychology of money. I am a Chartered Professional Accountant and a partner with BDO. This blog is meant for everyone, but in particular for high net worth individuals and owners of private corporations. My posts are blunt, opinionated and even have a twist of humour/sarcasm. You've been warned. Please note the blog posts are time sensitive and subject to changes in legislation or law.

Monday, February 15, 2021

New for business owners: Guide to Selling Your Business

Selling a business is one of the most important decisions any business owner can make. So, in a way it’s surprising how many leave the process not exactly to chance but at least to the relative last minute.

This procrastination around succession carries with it huge consequences. Planning a sale takes time–we usually say about two years from plan to fruition. And there’s a lot to do–from enhancing the value of the business, to a valuation, to navigating the due diligence by the buyer, to tackling the final negotiations on sale price.

The process can become nuanced and technical. The tax implications are steep and long-lasting–but taking action before the sale closes helps you control the process and protect yourself, your family, and your legacy.

My colleagues at BDO put together a handy guide to help business owners sell their business. It covers the main topics that you should get a handle on–plus it gives tailored tips for several key industries. You can download the new guide here.

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