Selling a Business while keeping it Secret

 Selling a Business in Secret

This article will show you the steps to take when selling a business and keeping it secret. It is critical that competitors, employees, and vendors don’t find out about the sale of your company until the transaction has been completed. Selling a small business can be very difficult and costly if the proper steps aren’t followed. Nothing good is gained by letting the general public know that your business is for sale. Your customers may stop doing business with you if they believe the company is for sale. Employees may quit because their employment may be at risk with a new owner. Vendors may modify payment terms or require cash for goods and services. The value of your business can be reduced if word gets out that you’re selling a business.


Tips to Maintain Secrecy When Your  Selling a Business

1) Obtain a free e-mail address from Google, Yahoo, MSN or another free mail service. Use this alias for all advertising

2) Do not use the business phone number. You can get a free local number from Google or pay a few bucks for services like www.godaddy.com, www.ringcentral.com, and www.ringboost.com; Or search the web for a provider of your choice.

3) Obtain a post office box in another town instead of the business address. You must be careful with giving out geographical information because you risk people discovering your business is for sale. Avoid being too specific about the business location. You may need to use your county instead of the city if your business is in a small town.

4) Use someone else’s voice on voicemail greetings instead of your voice. A competitor, employee or vendor may call and recognize your voice.

Selling a business has never been easy. Use these tips to maintain confidentiality so you get what your business is really worth.

6) Require a confidentiality agreement be signed by anyone who wishes to learn more about your business


It can be difficult selling a business while maintaining confidentiality, but it is necessary to get the money you deserve from the sale of your business. You may also consider using companies that sell businesses. They are usually listed as business brokers or business intermediaries. They can be helpful but they do charge fees for their services that can go as high as 12% and require a retainer of several thousands of dollars to list your business.

Small Business Blueprint for Success


Your Blueprint for Small Business Success

An entrepreneur is a person who is willing to launch or manage a business offering a product or service while taking on risk to make a profit. Entrepreneurs have the willingness to have big ideas and the daring to execute them. Entrepreneurs don’t see the world as it is but as it can be. If this describes you or your future self, then this is for you. My name is Marv White and I am the author of Seven Pillars to Profit: Your Blueprint for Small Business Success. This is my personal journey on how I got my business to deliver the wealth, lifestyle, and freedom we all deserve.


I know countless entrepreneurs who are working incredibly hard and sacrificing everything to make their business provide the money, lifestyle, and freedom they want. This is the point in starting a business in the first place. We are taught at a young age that hard work will be rewarded. If we just worked harder, we can be successful, but it isn’t true. Busting your hump sacrificing family time, personal time, and your finances can lead to little or nothing in return or even debt.

Working harder is not what makes you successful. Success is achieved when you start working on the right things and stop working hard on the wrong things. My book Seven Pillars to Profit is the blueprint on how to work on the right things. Make your business more successful than you ever dreamed; not by working hard but working on the right things. My blueprint is not about working hard because that is not what makes a success. Working on the right things will get you to what I call the tipping point. The tipping point is the moment where things become so comfortable that what once was work is an abundance of opportunity. Some might say that legendary entrepreneur Elon Musk works hard with 13 billion in net worth and the founder of Tesla, Paypal, and SpaceX. I would say he has an abundance of opportunity and has not worked for a very long time.

This tipping point is what Michael Gerber describes in his book E-Myth about working on your business and not in it. You know longer worry about your business because you have put the systems in place so your business can grow without any day to day input. You don’t have to grind and fight for every percentage of growth because your business is built to do this automatically. Your business becomes a machine that delivers the financial rewards, freedom and the lifestyle you deserve. This does not take genius and is not hard to do. It takes discipline to work on the right things.

The tipping point is a shift from analog to digital thinking. Analog thinking is where you look for a faster horse that can gallop at 30 miles per hour versus 25 miles per hour. Digital thinking goes from struggling to get a horse to 30 mph to achieve 180 mph in an electric car. Analog is uncertain with many variable results while digital is precise with little variability. Digital thinking doesn’t require six times the energy to go from 30 miles per hour to 180 miles per hour. It takes a fraction of the energy of analog thinking. Many are using a sledge hammer for tasks when they should be using a smartphone.

I wrote Seven Pillars to Profit because I was that guy stuck in the analog world. I was hell bent on outworking everyone and growing my business through sheer will and determination. I would be the first to arrive at the office and the last one to leave. I pushed myself past tired to exhaustion and wore it as a badge of honor. It made me feel like I was earning my bones as an entrepreneur and worthy of success, but I was dead wrong!

My business defined me, and it was one of the most important things in my life until my mother became ill. Now the business meant little as I packed an overnight bag one Saturday and boarded a plane for Florida to be with my mom. I stopped caring and walked away from my business that I had built from scratch with blood sweat and tears. At the time the fledgling business had about a dozen employees and a staff that consisted of a book keeper and a supervisor. I left my business in the hands of my team without even telling them I was leaving. I didn’t talk to them for days, and I wasn’t thinking, I was just acting on emotion. The belief in the back of my head on an unconscious level was that the business would fall apart, but I felt after the dust settled I could re-build. After a couple of weeks I told my staff I would be gone indefinitely because I would be helping in the care of my mom; but I also in an emotional free fall and lacked the capacity to do anything else, never mind run a business.

This was my turning point. I was the guy wishing for a faster horse. My days used to be filled with angry customers, no-show employees, payroll, fighting the landlord, collections, and begging for new business, etc… Does any of this sound familiar? I spend a lot of my time officiating daily squabbles between my supervisor, book keeper and employees over petty matters. These would be the people that would run the business. Surely this was a train wreck in progress, but I didn’t care and had no choice anyway.

Over the next several weeks my staff would send me reports of accounts payable and accounts receivable from Quick Books and bank statements. I was shocked to learn that sales did not fall off a cliff, and bank balances were climbing. As time went on and the business was doing well without me, it became evident that most of what I was doing in the business didn’t make any difference. I was swinging a sledge hammer in my business and was only catching air. I was humbled by the fact that the only things that seemed to get results were the things I did on the business not the “work” I did in the business. It was the 80/20 rule in full effect. 80% or more of the work I was doing in the business was a waste of time; although physical and mentally exhausting. I went from working hard in my business to doing nothing! And the company was doing as well or better than if I was there.

This experience proved to me that working hard is not the key ingredient to getting the money, lifestyle, and freedom you deserve from your business. The key is working on the right stuff. It’s about working digitally instead of in analog. Get Seven Pillars to Profit which gives you the blueprint to take your business from analog to digital – from slow hay fed horses to lightning fast electrically charged cars.






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Top Ten Businesses for 2017

Top Ten Businesses for 2017 according to buinsessforsale.com. They arrive at their conclusions by analyzing the hits on their site by business type.




Top Ten List of the Most Popular Businesses

Convenience Stores
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How to Sell a Small Business for The Most Money

5 Steps to Selling a Small Business

Selling a small business is one of the most complex transactions you are likely ever to be involved in. Unlike a publically traded company that is run for the benefit of shareholders, a privately held small business is run entirely for the benefit of its owner. The business is operated to maximize the lifestyle and the perks for its owner. This causes there to be many discretionary expenses that may be considered perks or items that contribute more to the lifestyle of the owner than the need of the business.

Small business owners make decisions to legally reduce the tax burden by expensing as much as possible through their business. This may come in the form of a luxury car, boat, house, business trip, or having a spouse on the payroll. These are considered “discretionary expenses” that are added back to income because the new owner won’t need these discretionary expenses to operate the business. Discretionary expenses and perks of small business ownership makes it difficult or nearly impossible to determine the exact cash flow for a new owner. Many deals fall apart because there is no way to make an accurate forecast of future earnings.

Critical Steps to Selling Your Business

1. Making the Decision
Making the decision to sell a business is the most important step in the process. Many owners identity is attached to being a business owner. Friends, family, and the community look at business owners in a certain light which may be difficult to lose after the business is sold. There is also the financial consideration and how the sale of the business will affect future plans.

2. Optimize the Value of the Enterprise
Prospective buyers or a new owner would be willing to pay more for a business for these reasons:
a) Generates a lot of income
b) Income is steady every single month
c) Business has systems in place and not dependent on owner
d) Business has history of Growth

By improving the above-mentioned items, your business will become more desirable and sell for the most money. Don’t worry if your business is not perfect, no business is. People expect things to be wrong with any business and they come in with the expectation that they will use their ideas to fix it after they buy.

3. Decide whether to use legal professionals
There is a cost associated with using professionals but selling a business alone may put you at great of future liability or other complications. At a minimum, you will need an attorney to draft a Purchase and Sale Agreement that properly transfers the business and all of its assets to the new owner and eliminates any and all future liabilities. Additionally, you will want to consult with an accountant to best determine how to structure the financial part of the transaction and any tax liabilities you need to be aware of.

4. Determine the Value of the Business
There are countless numbers of valuation models that can be used to calculate the value of a business. There is the comparable sales method that compares similar transactions and uses the data to determine a price; there are the debt capacity and cost to replace method that uses the amount of debt the business can support for the new owner or replacement cost. There are also rules of thumb that take the earnings of the company and multiplies by a certain multiple depending on the industry. It’s not uncommon for there to be a wildly different valuation calculated by a buyer and seller. The buyer is usually 20% to 40% less than the sales price the seller estimates. Sellers should set the sales price reasonable or risk scaring buyers off and not even getting an offer.

5. Do the Actual Selling On Your Own or Use a Broker
Ensure that you work with reputable business brokers or business intermediary. Business brokers and business intermediaries are experienced at pricing your business to sell at the maximum price. They also have expertise in confidentially marketing your business to the largest audience. The process of selling a business can be very complicated and time-consuming. While there is a fee associated with using a business broker, it is almost always money well spent. Most businesses never sell because it’s so difficult for a business owner to operate their business and have the time to market professionally and sell their business.


The way to sell a small business

Selling a business is hard work and takes time. Delegate the appropriate tasks to professionals so you give yourself the best chance to have the most profitable transaction. Most deals fall apart a few times before actually getting closed. It is critical to allow your professionals to do their jobs and move the transaction along for your maximum benefit.

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Investing in a franchise business is a way to reduce the risk of becoming an entrepreneur. A franchise has a proven business model, training, and the systems in place to give you the best chance for success. We have compiled a list of franchises with a total investment of less than $750,000 while reporting the highest financial success compared to its peers. They also must be approved for financing with a SBA loan or traditional bank loan.


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Advanta Clean
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Budget Blinds was founded on the principle of providing high quality window coverings to consumers in a highly convenient way and at prices that fit almost every budget. Today, the Budget Blinds franchise system still strives to provide consumers with superior products through convenient, complimentary in-home consultations that include measuring and professional installation. Every year since 1996, Budget Blinds has been voted the #1 window coverings franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine (Entrepreneur, 2015). We are proud to announce that Budget Blinds has been named as an award winner in Franchise Business Review’s 2015 Franchisee Satisfaction Awards.



CertaPro is the largest painting company in North America, with system wide sales approaching $250 million. There are over 360 locations in the US and Canada, and the Pennsylvania based company plans to have 550 locations operating by the end of 2016. The painting service industry is a large one, at over $40 billion annually, and what makes CertaPro unique in the the service category, is the fact that their owners drive revenue from both residential (B2C) and commercial (B2B) clients. Business owners scale by adding salespeople for both residential and commercial sales, and most of the owners use subcontractors to produce the work – keeping overhead low.



The Closets by Design business model focuses on all aspects of the business. Each franchise designs, sells, manufactures and installs the complete portfolio of products including closets, offices, garages, pantries, wall-units and wall-beds. It begins with a proven and effective lead generation strategy. This coupled with a disciplined and client-oriented sales model and metric-driven manufacturing and installation efficiencies provide the tools for the franchisee to effectively manage and grow their business. Each location has a factory and showroom located in a light-manufacturing industrial park. The average annual revenue of a Closets By Design Franchise in 2013 was 2.9 million dollars.


CMIT is a leading provider of IT services for small and mid-sized businesses (SMB) that employ 5 to 99 employees – large enough to need IT services but not big enough to warrant in-house IT departments. CMIT Solutions operates on a managed services model that offers specialized outsourced IT services at affordable, consistent monthly rates, with contracts that last one to three years. Our subscription model allows small business owners to effectively budget IT expenses and saves them money in the long run. At CMIT, we focus on business results – performance, productivity and profit for our clients and we know that technology is a tool to accomplish those goals, and we assure that our clients get the most out of their investment in technology.
Services offered to the business market include: remote monitoring and repair, Help desk support, troubleshooting, networking, data backup, data recovery, website design, internet security and firewalls, software training, updates/upgrades, system administration, database design, and one-on-one mentoring. The new franchisee can secure a protected territory or become an area developer and grow to multiple locations in a larger territory. CMIT Solutions is looking for new franchisees that are focused on marketing and growing the business as opposed to working in it. The franchisor trains the franchisee to build sales and service team. Franchisor provides help desk and monitoring service, low number of employees.




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Reinventing yourself by Mario Puig, MD


The Reinvention of Yourself

Become the person you were meant to be …

Why reinvent yourself …

How to reinvent yourself …

reinvent yourself after 50

“Most people don’t grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children and call that maturity. What that is, is aging.”

— Maya Angelou

by Mario Puig, MD

How to Reinvent Yourself After 50


 time to reinvent after 50

I was just reading a blog and was blown away by what this lady posted ” I’m 53 and still have an 11 and 12 year old at home. Have a college education and can’t even get an interview.” This is a story repeated over and over again across America. One of my neighbors worked for a large insurance company for 18 years before being let go. After 3 years, was only able to get a temp job that led to 6 months of employment before ending. Now he can be seen most mornings walking the dog and performing yard work during what most consider working hours.


Younger people may be younger and hungrier than you and willing to accept lower pay but they lack the experience that decades of life experience brings. Mario Alonso Puig is a best selling author and speaker that lays out the road map to re-invent yourself into the person you want to be. Watch this video and hit your personal reset button and start living the life your deserve and getting paid what your worth.

Younger people may be younger and hungrier than you and willing to accept lower pay but they lack the experience that decades of life experience brings. Mario Alonso Puig is a best selling author and speaker that lays out the road map to re-invent yourself into the person you want to be. Watch this video and hit your personal reset button and start living the life you deserve and getting the value you are worth.

Are You Ready to Own a Business That Works for You?

Are you ready to own a business that works for you, instead of you working for it? It first starts inside of your head then it will manifest itself in the business. You stop working for your business by aligning your natural skills and passions with what you’re doing in your business.

Things you do that you’re not naturally skilled to do will not get done as well a naturally skilled person in that area. This misalignment with your natural skills reduces the profitability and effectiveness of your business. The founder of IBM said that “my duty is not building the business; it is rather, building the organization. The organization builds the business.” This holds true if you’re a sole proprietor or CEO of a fortune 500 company.

You can align your natural skills with any business. For example, if you own a janitorial company and hate cleaning; you create an organization for recruiting and hiring people to do this function. Your income will grow as the organization that you built grows larger and you focus more and more on your natural skills and passions.

Making your business work for you doesn’t happen overnight. In the book E-Myth by Michael Gerber, he says “once you recognize that the purpose of your life is not to serve your business but that the primary purpose of your business is to serve your life, you can then go to work on your business, rather than in it, with a full understanding of why it is absolutely necessary for you to do so.” Whether you are a seasoned business owner or seeking to buy your first business, don’t work in your business, work on it. Your business should work for you.

Understanding E-2 Visa Requirements

We have been receiving more interest in the E-2 Visa Program so we have decided to discuss E2 Visas in our newsletter. The E-2 Investor Visa allows people work inside of the United States based on an investment in a business. Seller’s need to understand the requirements Of E2 Visa’s as it can affect the structure and value of your deal.

The investment required for the E2 Visa includes any business that is going to be actively managed buy the E2 Visa applicant. The investment must be significant which isn’t quantified, however, it suggest an income that would support a family at a minimum. The input by the E2 Visa must be active. The spirit of the program is to increase economic activity with direct investment of capital and management. It is not a ticket to live in the U.S. by creating a shell company with little or no economic output.

The business can be a start-up, acquisition or partnership. The capital investment must “irrevocably committed” to the enterprise to be considered. You must show that you will develop and manage the business with at least 50 percent ownership or by possess operational control.

The E2-Visa Program is run by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (UCIS) and can be renewed every two years. There is no limit to how many times it can be renewed as long as the investment in the business is maintained. Learn more about the E-2 classification at the USCIS’s website or contact us and we can explain how the program works.