Exit Strategies

Business valuation methods

There are a number of instances when you may need to determine the market value of a business. Certainly, buying and selling a business is the most common reason. Estate planning, reorganization, or verification of your worth for lenders or investors are other reasons. Valuing a company is hardly a precise science and can vary depending on the type of business and the reason for coming up with a valuation. This article looks at some of the common methods used to determine the value of a business.

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BusinessesForSale.com

Born out of one man's need to sell a business, BusinessesForSale.com started in the mid-1990s as an online bulletin board. For 20 years we have been helping business brokers and private sellers market their listings. From cafes to construction businesses, some of our most exciting business opportunities have included the makers of Big Ben's clock, a Chinese toll road, a crocodile farm in Thailand and even a tropical island! We have become the world's largest marketplace advertising 72,920 businesses for sale in over 130 countries.

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Franchise Association of South Africa

The Franchise Association of Southern Africa (FASA) is a trade association for franchisors, franchisees and the professional organizations that service the franchise industry. Its aim is to develop and safeguard the business environment for ethical franchising in South Africa. FASA is the only recognized representative body of the rapidly growing franchise industry. FASA’s criteria for membership conform to international best practices and are acknowledged by government and the public at large. 

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Keeping it all in the family poses specific challenges

What makes a family business different to any other? Some of the world's most famous and successful businesses were started by families, including Wal-Mart, Toyota, Ford and De Beers. Many of the businesses that are now listed on stock exchanges globally, started out as family businesses. No doubt many other ventures were started, but failed to reach such heights of success. What makes them different, and do they face the same challenges as any other business?

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Preparation is vital whether you're buying or selling

Whether you are considering buying or selling a business in the near future, the importance of preparing for either of the two cannot be underestimated – for most people, the buying and selling process will only happen once in their lives, so spending enough time on it is vital. It is impossible to cover every eventuality that may arise during the buying or selling process, but solid preparation upfront will help ensure that you achieve your respective goals within a satisfactory timeframe and with a more than acceptable financial outcome.

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The dangers of co-ownership of assets

Many business people are involved in commercial partnerships, and are familiar with their rights and obligations in relation to their partners. However, not ev
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