San Diego’s Business Selling Experts

San Diego’s Business Selling Experts

Our ability to repeatedly match qualified buyers with quality businesses while maintaining strict confidentiality makes us the best Business Brokers in San Diego. Our proactive marketing of each listing is strategically catered to both a local and global audience. We can help you sell your company without your employees, vendors or customers ever knowing your business was for sale. Call today for a free Business Valuation (858) 382-4974.

Selling a Business

Whether you own a small retail business or a large manufacturing company, we know what it takes to sell a business of any size. Our proactive marketing reaches buyers both locally and internationally.

Buying a Business

We have a large inventory of quality businesses for sale. If we don’t have what you are looking for right now, we will proactively market to specific industries to help you find the ideal business opportunity.

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♦ Selling your business

We’re here to help you implement a structured exit strategy in order to maximize the value of your business. We will provide you with a comprehensive business valuation using the latest industry standards and market comparisons. Our proactive marketing efforts reach buyers locally and internationally. Our highest priority is maintaining confidentiality, which is why we interview each potential buyer carefully and screen them for financial capability and industry experience. We facilitate all phases of the negotiations and provide all the paperwork needed to complete a transaction. We work closely with the Escrow Officers and all parties involved to ensure every aspect of the escrow process is handled smoothly. We can even help facilitate your lease transfer.

Find out how much your business is worth by contacting us today for a Free Valuation! Our services make selling your business easy. Please read our testimonials and find out why people say we are the #1 business brokers in San Diego.


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♦ Buying a business

An advantage of buying an existing business is that there is already an established reputation and in most cases repeat customers that can substantially minimize the time between startup and becoming profitable. We can help you identify the right business to achieve your goals. We have dozens of businesses for sale throughout San Diego County, Southern California, and beyond. We’ll walk you through the steps of buying a business and help you narrow down the list of businesses for sale.

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Top Qualities of a Valuable Business

What are the top drivers of value in a privately held company? Is it revenue, longevity, industry type? These certainly come into play but they don’t make our top 10.

We have sold over 170 businesses over the past 12 years and have conducted well over 1,000 valuations of small and medium size businesses. We have encountered very few business owners over the years who were well versed in the most important elements of what creates value in a company.

How many of the features listed below can you identify as attributes of your business?

10. REPUTATION: Perhaps not the most important item on this list, reputation remains a significant quality as it often affects the first impression of prospective buyers. It is reasonable to expect a buyer to Google your company within the first five minutes of their initial assessment. If the results are full of negative reviews, you may immediately lose interest.

9. BARRIER TO ENTRY: If your company is easy to replicate and there is a significant cost-benefit to a buyer simply starting from scratch, your company’s value could be negatively impacted. On the contrary, if you have something unique about your company such as a patent or proprietary software, your company likely has a significant barrier to entry, thus resulting in a higher value.

8. QUALITY OF BOOKS AND RECORDS: Having clean, well organized financials greatly improves your ability to sell your business for a top of market valuation. If you have a lot of “creative” write-offs, you will need to be able to provide supporting evidence of the adjustments. These adjustments (aka add-backs) should be limited to a degree as a more tedious due diligence process will likely limit your buyer pool and reduce the likelihood of a buyer being able to leverage with bank financing.

7. QUALITY OF EMPLOYEES: There is a fine balance between having all-star employees and creating a situation where one or more employees become so key to the operation that there is risk if they don’t transition with the company. Cross training your staff can help alleviate concerns of an employee becoming irreplaceable. Never create a situation where an employee is in such a leverage position that they can hold you hostage from selling your company.

6. CLIENT CONCENTRATION: What’s better…3 clients who generate $300,000 profit per year for your business or 15 clients generating the same amount? The answer depends on who you ask. Certainly 3 clients sounds easier to manage than 15 but if one of your 3 clients disappears, your business will tank. Most buyers will view a business as having a client concentration issue if one or more of your clients equates to greater than 10 – 15% of your overall revenue. Client concentration doesn’t necessarily impact the overall value of your business but will most certainly affect the terms of the purchase. i.e. A buyer will want to mitigate against risk by adding an earn-out component to the deal. An earn-out is simply a portion of the purchase price that is tied to future events post sale, such as client retention or maintaining certain performance metrics.

5. PROFITABILITY: Profit is king, right? There’s a reason it’s not number one on my list. Although most businesses are valued based on a multiple of net profit, the appropriate multiple is based largely on the qualities of the business as indicated in this list. The more of these traits your company possesses, the higher your company is likely to sell for.

4. VOLATILITY: Most businesses experience ebbs and flows but consistency is a valuable trait. If your company is highly affected by outside influences such as the overall strength of the economy, consumer spending trends, seasonality, etc., the unpredictability of future performance will have a negative impact on valuation. Even if you are coming off your best year in business, if the year over year performance is overwhelmingly better in the current year, buyers will remain cautious about the viability of maintaining such a level of success. The optimal scenario is three consecutive years of incremental growth.

3. BUYER POOL: Your company can check a lot of boxes on this list but if the buyer pool for your business is relatively small, these other factors may not save your valuation. i.e. If your company requires certain credentials that the general population of buyers do not possess, you will lack leverage for a substantial offer with a low level of demand.

2. SCALABILITY: One of the most important features of a company is its ability to scale. Retailers have the least appealing model when it comes to scalability. Yes, you can always open more stores but the success of location dependent businesses is certainly not bankable. Rather, a service based company may be well equipped to expand operations into other regions with less risk and more upside potential.

1. RELIANCE ON OWNER: Once again, if your business checks all of the other boxes, you may not even be able to sell your company if it is highly reliant on you as the owner. Here are some tips on making your business more turn-key:

  • Avoid significant personal interactions with your clients to the point where they only want to work with you.
  • Create written policies and procedures so that you and your employees can easily be replaced.
  • Whenever possible, focus your energy on the big picture agenda for your company and less on putting out fires.
  • If you are constantly putting out fires, learn to delegate better and reward those who demonstrate a capability of taking on more responsibilities such as scheduling, training, etc.

If you found this information to be helpful, we have a lot more tips to share with you on how you can create the ideal exit strategy for your company. The advice is free and we are always happy to provide free and confidential valuations.