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Getting the most value from your business
Value is more than a dollar amount—it’s also about the legacy you hope to leave and the viability of the business moving ahead.


Getting the most value from your business
Value is more than a dollar amount—it’s also about the legacy you hope to leave and the viability of the business moving ahead.


Do You Know the True Value of Your Business?

BY STUART SMITH

 

As a business owner, you constantly need to ask yourself how much your company is worth, and for good reason. Having a realistic, market-based answer to that question—not just a guesstimate—can help you plan for the future, prepare for unforeseen events, and achieve financial and lifestyle goals for you and your family. But valuing a business accurately isn’t easy, and there’s no magic formula.

Two-thirds of business owners claim to know the value of their business, according to a recent survey of 200 owners conducted by Wilmington Trust; however, that same percentage are also interested in speaking with a valuation specialist. That’s good news, because business valuations can change over time, sometimes drastically. It quite literally pays to periodically assess the value of your business.

When it comes to maximizing value and planning for non-financial issues, a professional advisor—often an investment banker—experienced in both valuation and business transactions can be an invaluable resource.

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