Nolan Accounting Center


4262 South 108th Street

Greenfield, WI 53228


Phone: 414-425-5690

Fax:     414-425-2373



September 2023

A Checklist for Selling Your Business

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Okay, so you've decided to sell your business and retire (or for another well-throught-out reason). You've discussed it with your family, and everyone is on board. You don't want any family glitches to delay and possibly torpedo a sales deal you work out. So, what's next?

  • Put together your sales team: your accountant, an attorney experienced in business transactions, and a business broker

  • Have your business evaluated.

  • Develop an exit plan if you haven't already.

  • Come up with an idea of your "perfect" buyer and share it with your broker before you sign the legally binding contract to list the business for sale.

  • Provide the broker with detailed information about the business: history, product/service mix, organizational chart, growth opportunities, and anything else you think is of value to potential buyers.

  • Prepare for due diligence: gather your past three years financials, contracts, and licenses and prepare a disclosure statement. Your professional advisors can help with other items that may be needed.

  • Do any maintenance, painting, cleaning, and other sprucing up to improve the physical appearance of your business.

  • Negotiate and close the deal.


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