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    Eric R. Voth

    Like you, I have experience as an independent business owner.

    During the course of my career, I’ve been personally undertaken …

    • The startup of 10 independent businesses.

    • The purchase of five independent businesses.

    • The sale of five independent companies (two of which were actually mergers).

    • The startup of four franchise operations.

    • The loss of my investment in four independent businesses that were unsuccessful.

    These experiences allow me the unique perspective of being able to empathize with you as you contemplate the sale of your company. I’m familiar with the mix of feelings and emotions that sometimes accompany such thoughts. I’ve had them myself.

    This introduction is designed to acquaint you with my background as an “in-the-trenches” business owner. Perhaps you can identify with some of my experiences.

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    Three crucial players help you sell

    Selling your business is a daunting task. You don’t want to make a mistake with possibly the largest transaction you’ll ever be part of. Choosing the right pros to guide you through the process is crucial. In How to Sell Your Privately Owned Company, I spell out how to go about finding your three most important pros:

    Something that you may have in common with other business owners is your dislike of paying professional fees for accountants, attorneys and consultants. You want to engage the services of these professionals only when it is “absolutely necessary.” Selling your business is one of those absolutely necessary times, because the sale of your company could well be the most important economic decision you make in your entire life. In fact, you will need to budget for the services of three selling professionals:
    1. Someone to make it legal.
    2. Someone to make it lucrative.
    3. Someone to make it happen.

    Copyright © MMIX by ERV Productions Inc. All rights reserved. Except as permitted under the United States Copyright Act of 1976, no part of this publication may be reproduced or distributed in any form or by any means, or stored in a data base or retrieval system, without prior written permission of the publisher.

    Eric R. Voth has been a successful business owner and seller since the 1970s. Among other enterprises, he is currently owner of ERV Productions Inc., and author of How to Sell Your Privately Owned Company.

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