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Success in the 21st Century: Do You Have What It Takes?

By bbpadmin | June 27, 2012

Now that we crossed that much-heralded bridge to the 21st century and once on the other side, there will be new challenges, but many of the secrets of succeeding in independent business will remain the same. Ask yourself the following questions to see how you measure up to these old-and-new standards of entrepreneurial excellence: Are…

When Selling Your Business: Confidentiality Is Key

By bbpadmin | June 27, 2012

You’ve make the big decision to sell. Your books are in order, you’ve spiffed up the premises. What are you waiting for? Many sellers get to this threshold and then become concerned about confidentiality. They do not want the news of their decision to reach their customers, competitors, employees, or creditors. After all, they figure,…

Strong Selling Points: Let Your Strengths Work for You

By bbpadmin | June 27, 2012

“Independent business owner” is a phrase with two meanings. Of course, it means being the owner of an independent business. But another way to look at “independent business owner” is to let this phrase define the very personality of the person at the helm. Independent. Confident. Self-assured. Strong-willed. These are vital entrepreneurial attributes, but, ironically,…

What Every Seller Should Know

By bbpadmin | June 27, 2012

Selling your business is a major decision! You have devoted your time, money and energy to building, running and operating your business. It may well represent your life’s work. You have decided that now is the right time to sell, and you want the very best professional guidance you can get. This is when working…

Be a Winning Seller: Good Negotiation is the Key

By bbpadmin | June 27, 2012

You’ve made the big decision to put your business on the market. Your reasons for selling are valid, carefully-considered, and “good” – the kind that won’t make a prospective buyer shy away. Now, you may tell yourself, comes the fun part. You’ll come up with a price – maybe a little high, but why not?…

Ten Steps to the Successful Sale of a Business

By bbpadmin | June 27, 2012

1. Make sure you have a valid reason for selling your business. Don’t decide to sell because you have had a bad week or because moving closer to the grandkids sounds like a good idea. Also, don’t decide to “test the waters” just to see what sort of price your business will command. Before you…

Under-Reporting Comes Under Fire

By bbpadmin | June 27, 2012

What is the true income of an independent business? This is a question of interest to many parties–including prospective buyers, investors, and lenders–but nobody is more determined to know the answer than the Internal Revenue Service. What makes the “truth” about a company’s income so elusive? Isn’t this what financial record-keeping is all about? Yes…

Consumers Voice Complaints: And Business Owners Should Listen

By bbpadmin | June 27, 2012

“Your salespeople didn’t listen when I placed my order, and when I wrote a letter to complain, they still didn’t get it right. I guess they don’t read any better than they hear.” Daniel Langley, the owner of a central Massachusetts mail order company, took this call on a recent Monday morning. It happened to…

The Big Question: Independent versus Employee Status

By bbpadmin | June 27, 2012

Are your workers independent contractors or employees? This is a compelling question, especially where the Internal Revenue Service is concerned. Every worker claiming status as a non-employee means payroll taxes and social security contributions that won’t fall into the IRS’s pocket. Now many states are taking a closer look at the question, too. They are…

Selling Your Business? Follow These Ten Commandments To Avoid Wrecking the Deal.

By bbpadmin | June 27, 2012

1. Place a reasonable price on your business. Since an inflated figure either turns off or slows down potential buyers, rely on your business broker to help you arrive at the best “win-win” price. 2. Carry on “business as usual.” Don’t become so obsessed with the transaction that your attention wavers from day-to-day demands, affecting…