Placing an accurate value on a small business is a tricky affair. But it's also an exercise that may be necessary for a variety of reasons. Valuations (or appraisals) are a must, of course, for anyone buying or selling a business. But they are also vital for partnership deals such as yours, as well as buy/sell agreements, family business succession planning, personal and estate planning and situations where you need bank or other financing. Other reasons you might need a valuation include divorce, spin-offs, liquidation and business disputes. Top things to know or do:
- You can determine the value of a business in many different ways, from quick and cheap software-based calculations you do yourself, to full-scope, certified valuations by professionals.
- The price range is enormous, from as little as $15 for the simplest software, to thousands for a detailed analysis performed by certified pros. Business brokers, hoping to sell your business, may even do them for free.
- Try to match the person or method you use for a valuation with the reason you are doing it. If the valuation is for loan purposes, for example, look for someone who's done small business valuations for that purpose.
Locate a valuation expert quickly and easily onlineCertified valuation analysts can help.
Look to national sources for business valuation needsNo matter the need -- business acquisition, divorce settlement, partnership dispute, or IRS audit -- the right valuation firm can provide a smooth, professionally handled business valuation that holds up under legal scrutiny.
Try a do-it-yourself valuation solutionValue Any Business offers Do-It-Yourself Business Valuation Manuals designed for specific business types, such as flower shops, restaurants, spas, daycare centers, clothing stores, bakeries, beauty salons and others. The manuals help give you the expertise you'll need when explaining a business' value to a buyer, seller, banker, investor or client.
Get it done with valuation softwareDedicated valuation software can help you put an approximate value on your business.
- One of the best reasons for tracking the value of your business, however, is simply this:So you know.
- Most entrepreneurs are capable of boosting the value of their businesses by 40 percent simply by paying attention to the things that make a business valuable.
- Too often, business owners brush aside valuations, believing them necessary only if they decide to sell. As a result, only about one in 20 small businesses have done a formal valuation, according to the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts.