Posts Categorized: Business Owner

How To Place A Value On Your Sales Team

Mark Deutschmann started Village Real Estate in 1996 and grew his residential real estate brokerage to 350 agents and $30 million in revenue – then, he heard some disturbing news. One of his agents and five former colleagues had been secretly planning to launch their own agency to compete with Deutschmann. Rather than steeling for… Read more »

A Closer Look at 3 Major Factors to Consider When You Buy a Business

  The simple but undeniable fact is buying a business is one of the single greatest financial decisions a person can make.  Buying a business can lead to great financial success or great financial failure.  This fact helps to underscore why it is so important to work with an experienced broker who can help guide… Read more »

How Re-Modeling A Swimming Pool Business Led To A 7-Figure Exit

Tommy Berretz co-founded Texas Aquatic Enterprise (TAE) in 2005 to maintain commercial swimming pools for condominium groups, apartment buildings and schools. The business grew to more than 200 employees on the back of Berretz’s sales skills. That’s when he hired an accountant to value TAE. Berretz waited patiently as the accountant ran the numbers but… Read more »

How To You-Proof Your Business

In 2007, David Heimlich started a recreational sports league for adults, Nation Leagues, with nothing more than a $60 loan from his father. After 11 years, he fell ill and needed to sell – but his hard work over the years amounted to a business of no value. Why? Heimlich ran every aspect of the… Read more »

90 Days That Will Define Your Business Forever

You’ve done the hard work of winning a new customer, but it’s what you do in the next 90 days that determines if it’ll stick around. The first 90 days of any new relationship are critical: – A president has about three months to inspire the electorate and gain the political capital he needs to… Read more »

Was The Inc. 500 The Reason For This Founder’s Exit?

James Roman founded iVelocity, a digital marketing agency for healthcare professionals. With a goal of getting on the Inc. 500 list, he wanted to scale quickly – and he did. Between 2013 to 2016 the company grew 10 times and increased its gross revenue by 1000%. …But it was the stress of a big company… Read more »

Dealing with Inexperience Can Ruin the Deal

  The 65-year old owner of a multi-location retail operation doing $30 million in annual sales decided to retire.  He interviewed a highly recommended intermediary and was impressed.  However, he had a nephew who had just received his MBA and who told his uncle that he could handle the sale and save him some money. … Read more »

5 Lessons from Game of Thrones for Exiting Business Owners

written by Jane Johnson, Business Transition Academy Were you – like hundreds of thousands of fans – unhappy with the finale of Game of Thrones (GOT)? According to a number of news outlets, more than 50% to 60% of viewers were dissatisfied or even outraged at the outcome. There was even a petition circulating that… Read more »

The Variables that Drive and Influence Business Valuations

If you’ve never bought or sold a business before, then the factors that drive and influence business valuations likely seem a bit murky.  In a recent Divestopedia article from Kevin Ramsier entitled, “A Closer Look at What Drives and Influences Business Valuations,” Ramsier takes a closer look at this important topic.  Business brokers and M&A… Read more »

How One Bad Boy Clause Landed an 8-Figure Deal

Can you actually thrive in an industry you don’t know much about? According to Erik Van Horn, former franchise owner of Sola Salon Studios, you sure can. Achieving his success as a franchise owner always looking for the next deal, Van Horn stumbled across the salon industry in 2014. Though a new-found territory, Van Horn… Read more »