Business Exit Strategy
The Freedom Point
Whether you are thinking of selling in 3 years or in 30 years, understanding the 8 drivers that impact the value of your business is very powerful. We call it the Freedom Point because knowing that you have the freedom to sell your business when you want for what you want is what most business owners are stiving for. We help you establish the current value of your business and how to increase its value to fund your lifestyle after you sell.Get Your Freedom Score
We can help you with that. In as little as 15 minutes you will be able to assess the value of your business and what your opportunities are to improve the valuation.
Often, when we think about exiting a company, we conjure the image of a spectacular business sale where a strategic buyer swoops in, pays an enormous price, and the business owner rides off into the sunset. The reality is that there are several different ways to exit the day-to-day operations of your business, and the smartest founders align their exit type with their reason for leaving.
The ultimate judge of your company’s value is the market itself. No matter how much you want for your company - or what you think you need - if the market says the business is not worth that, then you’re out of luck. In addition to getting a business valuation to understand what your company might be worth to a third party, there is another calculation you should make, which is to understand what your business is worth to you. When the market valuation and your personal valuation coincide, it may be time to consider an exit.
For most owners considering exiting their business, they imagine an all-cash offer and leaving their company shortly after depositing the cheque. However, most exits are more gradual and rely on the owner’s continued involvement after the sale. It’s important to get clear on the maximum amount of both time and money you’re willing to commit after a transaction. As a general rule, you stand to earn more money from the sale of your business the more willing you are to participate in a transition period and there are several roles you may be asked to play post exit: Shareholder, Lender, Consultant or Non Exec Director.
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Thank you Shane, you have given me food for thought and shed a light on the what is involved in selling a business. I had a gestalt moment, when the lightbulb came on and all of a sudden, I could see that there ware pathways forward. It was suddenly clear that if I decided I wanted to, I really could get the business ready to sell for retirement which would make sure that all this good work continues beyond my retirement.
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I attended Shane’s Regeneration Workshop in June 2020. The content was excellent and well presented by Shane, who also facilitated good discussions amongst the attendees. The time set aside to attend was well worth it, where it gave me an hour to think about my business and how we transition out of the pandemic downturn. Would definitely recommend the course to other business owners.
My Simple Mortgage Ltd
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Shane’s workshops are a very useful resource to work through and probe key areas of sales activity, marketing and profitability.
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