But behind these powerful drivers should be a consideration of your exit plan and how day to day management issues will affect the value of your business when that time comes. There are many variables and ways to value a business but, here are some key ways you can start to drive that value up. (1) Increase the bottom line? A simple mechanism for valuing a business is the EBITDA multiple. Agreeing an appropriate multiple is part of the negotiation but, if your multiple is x10, you don?t have to be a rocket scientist to ascertain that every ?1 you add to the bottom line, has a significant impact on value. Driving that bottom line is affected by many variables but issues that businesses areas you can think about now include being confident with your pricing strategy and don?t undercharge, being aware of profitability of each line and ditch those not doing the numbers as well as maintaining a ruthless eye on costs. (2) Build recurring revenue streams Buyers see risk everywhere, particularly with small businesses. Create forward visibility of earnings with recurring revenue streams that start ironing out the risk profile. (3) Anchor key employees The more you anchor key employees and deliver a stable workforce, the better chance you have of getting a great deal. The culture you?re creating within the company will dictate how the employees feel about the business but is that culture you or embedded within the fabric of your business? How can you ensure that employees remain committed to the business after you exit? Without anchoring key employees, the value of your business might suffer. (4) Creating barriers to entry How easy is it for competitors and new entrants to make a big dent in your sales? What can you build that makes it more difficult to poach clients and eat into your market share Look at these barriers. Proprietorial technology and locking in high performing employees through to developing key strategic partnerships are great ways to really strengthen your position. Why should you clear out skeletons? What should you do with regards to due diligence? Should you stay involved in your business? Read more tips on the next page…
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