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How to Find a Business Broker

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Chat Joglekar

December 25, 2023 ⋅ 3 min read

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Finding a business broker can make the sale of your small business easier in several ways. Business brokers offer a range of services including helping you reach a business valuation, screening buyers and conducting due diligence, negotiating price, and closing the deal. Some business brokers will support you through the entire process while others specialize in specific areas. Baton’s team of business brokers can help you navigate the entire process. Here’s a guide on how to find a business broker online.

  1. Research:

    Start by doing some research online to identify potential business brokers in your area. You can use search engines, business directories, or industry-specific websites.

  2. Industry associations:

    Check industry associations related to your business. These associations often have directories of professionals, including business brokers.

  3. Referrals:

    Ask for recommendations from your professional network, including friends, family, colleagues, and other business owners. Personal referrals can be valuable in finding a reliable broker.

  4. Local chambers of commerce:

    Contact your local Chamber of Commerce. They may have a list of reputable business brokers or be able to provide guidance on where to find one.

  5. Online Platforms:

    Explore online business-for-sale platforms and marketplaces. Some brokers actively list businesses for sale on these platforms, and you may find one that specializes in your industry.

  6. Interview multiple brokers:

    Once you have a list of potential brokers, schedule interviews with them. During these meetings, ask about their experience, track record, and how they plan to market and sell your business. Make sure to discuss their fees as well.

  7. Check credentials:

    Ensure that the business broker is licensed and has a good reputation. You can check online reviews, testimonials, or contact the Better Business Bureau to inquire about any complaints.

  8. Specialization:

    Consider choosing a broker who specializes in selling businesses similar to yours. Industry-specific knowledge can be an asset in understanding the market and attracting qualified buyers.

  9. Communication and Compatibility:

    Assess the broker's communication style and compatibility with your needs. Selling a business is a significant undertaking, and you'll want to work with someone who understands your goals and communicates effectively.

  10. References:

    Ask the broker for references from previous clients who have sold similar businesses. Contact these references to get insights into their experiences working with the broker.

  11. Clear Agreement:

    Before finalizing your decision, make sure to have a clear agreement in writing. This should include details about the services provided, the timeline, and the fees involved.

While selling a business is a big lift, working with professionals can make the process less painful and increase the chances of getting your business sold. The Baton Team is here to help from getting you the highest business valuation to finding you the right buyer. We help business owners get to the closing table faster, and with more of their hard-earned money in their pockets.