Wed, 27 April 2011
I have been in business for myself for sixteen years.
I can't count the number of fun projects, amazing clients and life-changing opportunities this path has provided for me.
But it wasn't until yesterday, when I was reading John Warrillow's Built to Sell, that I got the profound feeling that I was a total beginner in the world of preparing businesses for sale. I had never really asked myself the question "Do I want to stay in this business for the long term, or sell it and move on to something totally different?"
If I were to try to sell it today, I learned from the book, there would not be much tangible value in my business. It is much too dependent on me personally.
John Warrillow has started and sold four companies, and now lives a semi-retired life in France with his wife and kids, writing books, drinking wine and writing columns for Inc. Magazine. Yes, it is fair if you are all jealous of him. But he really knows what he is talking about when it comes to preparing businesses to sell.
If you are hot to buy the book, John has a special promotion until April 30 -- buy one copy, send in the receipt and you will get $65 worth of goodies, including a one year subscription to Inc. Magazine, a BuyBizSell valuation report (where you can get a clear picture of the market value of your own business), as well as access to a 2-hour group conference call with John. He wil also donate $25 to Kiva.org in your name. He is really a fantastic resource - I encourage you to jump before the end of the week! See promotion details here.
Buy Built to Sell at any fine retailer, including Amazon (my affiliate link).
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