Your decision to sell:Making the decision to sell your company is a tough one. However, when you decide to do so, make sure its a priority in your life. A common mistake is when a seller starts the marketing process and its not a priority, its becomes obvious to buyers. Unlike a residential real estate transaction, there are only a limited number of buyers for any business. If a buyer walks, many times they will not come back. Information Gathering:In my opinion, this is by far the most important aspect to increasing the probability of selling your company for the greatest amount and for the best terms. It is important to remember, if a buyer has cash and is in an acquisition mode, they will find a company to buy whether it is yours or not. Be prepared to present the buyer with all company information in a timely, organized and professional manner. The longer you take to present requested information, the more your company looks unorganized. Why does a buyer want to purchase an unorganized company? When there are problems on the surface there are usually a lot more underneath. Remember 90% of an iceberg is underwater. Buyers have a lot to learn in a short period of time dont make it difficult for them. If a buyer wants to look at certain information, get it to them in an organized fashion and get it to them quickly! Finding buyers and working towards closing:Actively finding, qualifying, and communicating with buyers is a full time job. If you are running your company, you need to continue to do so and hire an experienced merger and acquisition professional to sell or merge the company. Just like any task in life, the more you do it, the better you get. I have been involved in over 120 merger and acquisition transactions over the last 10 years and have seen people on the other side of the table make the same mistakes over and over. Mistakes can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. There is too much money at stake, and you dont get a second chance.
Once you have prepared your body and mind for success, it's time for the next step and to choose the right target to shoot for. The more clear you are on what you're shooting for, the better your chances will be of hitting the mark.
I would lock myself in my room and take the phone off the hook...or even better, find a place away from your normal environment, a quiet peaceful place, preferably around nature - in the woods or a nice park, etc.
Once I'm there, I would take a few moments to relax and soak it all in. Get your mind to a calm, comfortable, relaxed state. Then, I would start by making a list of all the things I enjoy doing, all of my interests and hobbies, all of my passions. Since we're starting from scratch, we might as well pick a subject/business that we would enjoy doing, right?
I would spend at least a good few hours on really getting this information out of myself. Think of what your ideal jobs or careers are. What have you enjoyed doing in the past? What did you enjoy a lot as a kid? What are the things that really make you come alive? Add everything to the list. Don't worry about how you're going to make money doing those things yet. Just put together as thorough a list as you can.
See...you want to do what you enjoy, what you love.
Pick the kind of lifestyle you want first - then build the business around that!
Only after your list is done, should you think of turning those hobbies/interests/passions into a business. Pick the top 5 choices out of your list and think of how you can help others by doing them. For example, if you really enjoy cooking and that was one of your top 5 choices, you can now start thinking of ways to turn that into a business.
You could, for example, share your recipes with others, teach them to cook like you, or you could even cook for them. Personally, I love selling information. So, I would probably decide to sell an informational product, say a book of recipes, a 'learn-to-cook' type of manual, or something along those lines.
My belief is that when you do something you really enjoy doing and you find a way to help others while doing it, making money is just a natural end result.
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Using artificial trees is very easy, but buying them is easy too. Today they can be bought online, as most stores selling them having sites. You can place orders on these sites, and there will be photographs to choose from. By looking at these photographs, you will be able to decide what you do need without hopping from store to store. You can just access different sites and take your pick. Artificial trees will be listed according to the variety, and there will be descriptions for the "artificial trees" as well. You will get all the fine details about the trees, the origin, how it is designed, with what material etc. This makes buying artificial trees very easy, as you will have a complete idea about the artificial trees. There are many established companies who are experts in artificial trees that you can choose from.You will not be unhappy with the prices either, as they are all reasonable priced. Even if they are a little more than what you expect, try to accommodate it as you need not spend on real trees often. This will be a onetime investment for beautifying the environment of your choice. There will be codes mentioned for each creation, so all you need to do is mention the code for delivery.Payment options are easy as well, and once you order them then they will be delivered to you. You can also take a look at all the artificial trees that are the most popular, and being sold the most. One advantage of buying these artificial trees through this method is that a lot of offers can be grabbed. With the use and also purchase very easy, this is all the more reason to use artificial trees. There will be no need to worry about maintenance. A lot of people may want the traditional feel, of cutting trees, pulling them from the lot and dragging it home. But this is a better option to choose, as it is simpler and also worth the money. You will not be ruining your neighborhood as well. Besides keeping the surroundings green, you can enhance the beauty of the home with artificial trees. And ordering them online has made the situation even easier for everyone. You may miss out on the lovely smells emanating from the real trees, but compromising on one or two things will do you no harm. You are anyway keeping your neighborhood lovely by not cutting down trees. With the use of artificial plants, you will not need to worry about the wood catching fire.
When it comes to inventory, buyers and sellers face similar dilemmas. For the individual or business that sells goods on eBay, in discount stores, or at flea markets, it's a challenge to find high quality products at wholesale prices. For the business or manufacturer that has surplus merchandise or who is on the verge of going bankrupt, it's a challenge to find wholesalers who will buy entire stocklots. Liquidation WholesalersLiquidation wholesalers serve an important function for both buyers and sellers. They buy huge quantities of clearance items, bankrupt stock, surplus stock, overstock, and end of lines from businesses and manufacturers, and then resell it in smaller lots to individuals and businesses. The customer base for a company that sells liquidated stock can include other wholesalers, online merchants, garden centres, grottos, retail shops, market traders, and even those who do car boot sales. If you are a business owner or an individual looking for high-quality products at bargain prices, you need a liquidation wholesaler. If you're new to the liquidation scene, here are some things to keep in mind. Variety of ProductsLiquidation wholesalers buy from a variety of sources, including large importers, local and regional manufacturers, and bankrupt businesses. Because liquidation wholesalers deal in bankrupt stock, overstock, and end of lines, they have a wide range of product types. They may have seasonal merchandise, jewelry and fashion accessories, tools and hardware, decorative items, pet products, car products, bathroom items, and kitchenware. Virtually everything you find in a retail store will eventually make its way into a liquidation warehouse. Ever-Changing ProductsThe most successful liquidation wholesalers go through an enormous quantity of stock. Indeed, their success lies in their ability to buy huge lots, warehouse them, sell them, and ship them at a breakneck pace. For that reason, the wholesale inventory that's available is constantly changing. You might be able to buy candles and candle holders one week, but once they're sold, they're gone. That's why it's important to keep checking liquidation wholesalers' available stock. If possible, work with a wholesaler that offers a mailing list, and who will send you email newsletters about special offers and new lines that have arrived. QuantitiesMany people assume that, in order to buy from liquidation wholesalers, they have to buy whole pallets of a single product. To the contrary, there are some liquidators that sell products by the case. Because you don't have to commit to buying thousands of the same product, you can easily add variety to your own offerings. PricesBecause liquidation wholesalers buy their stock so inexpensively, and because they are motivated to sell it quickly, you can get unprecedented bargains on high-value items. For example, you might be able to buy 120 wallpaper borders by a well-known designer for only 1.20 or 48 porcelain dolls for only 12.00. Where to Find WholesalersLike most businesses, liquidation wholesalers are opening up their customer bases through the Internet. Because their stock is stored in warehouses, potential customers can't browse in showrooms. The Internet, however, is the perfect medium for both liquidators and those who want to buy stock, since pictures of items can be viewed and transactions can be performed online. After a transaction is completed, the stock is shipped to the buyer, and the liquidator makes room for more products. Turning to a wholesale liquidator is the perfect solution for both those who need to sell quantities of stock and those who wish to buy merchandise for resale.
Oil is by far the most widely traded commodity in the world. It is also the most corrupt.By way of example we need look no further than the events of the past two years. What with our TV screens filled with images of blazing oil pipes in Iraq, traffic jams in Shanghai and hurricane disasters in the US. A seemingly endless list of horrors endlessly regurgitated. All this with one goal in mind: to convince us all we face an oil crisis of biblical proportions.OPEC warns they cannot keep up with demand. We see faceless "experts" wheeled in to pontificate on Chinas insatiable oil demands. They fret over gasoline and heating oil shortages, the failure to discover new oil fields and agonize over how our oil reserves will sink to dangerously low levels within twenty years.Now, of course, the market is all in a lather over Iran and whether they will hold oil off the market. Oh, sure, as if they don`t need our money as much as we need their oil. Inevitably, crude oil prices rocketed from $25 per barrel to a recent high of $72. At the time of writing the price stands at $66 which, the media breathlessly warns, represents merely a pause for breath before its run continues to $150 and gasoline to $5.30 per gallon.Now before you rush out to replace your SUV with a battery driven car with the power of a hair dryer, you should know the real facts, the real story. Talk about being spoon-fed a plateful of old baloney! Let me expose the three popular myths (=lies):MYTH #1 - Demand Heavily Outstripping Supply The monthly reports from the IEA (International Energy Agency), the bible for the trading pits, contradict this. Worldwide, inventories grew to near record levels, having climbed steadily since the invasion of Iraq. So, if demand exceeds supply how come we see inventories climbing? Consider the perversity of rising inventories AND rising oil prices.MYTH #2 - China Voraciously Sucking-In OilYeah, right. The same IEA reports show that in 2004 China increased its imports by a fairly modest 900,000 barrels per day. Compare this with daily world consumption of 20 million barrels. In 2005, Chinas imports actually dropped! They not only consume less but they manage to sell the stuff to the US! But the market boys refuse to allow these facts get in the way of a good story!MYTH #3 - No New Discoveries of Oil ReservesThe Department of Energy itself estimates that world reserves stand at some 7.6 trillion barrels. To put this into perspective, since 1971 the world consumed just 767 billion barrels! This estimate includes (quite apart from the huge tar sands deposits in Alberta and Venezuela) the recent finds off the coast of West Africa, the Gulf of Mexico, the South China Seas and the Falkland Islands. These taken alone equal half world consumption to date.Oil crisis? The only crisis I can see, the world is drowning in the stuff! We have enough for the next 400 years! How many people do you know failed to get their tanks filled due to shortages?So what lies behind these spiraling oil price? We need look no further than those profiting from it, the usual suspects, namely the oil producers, the oil companies and speculators, mostly in the guise of hedge funds. All big winners in the Wall Street crap game. All aided and abetted by the sold-out financial media. They conspired to coin an extra trillion or more dollars in profits at the expense of Joe Average. All effortlessly achieved under the glazed eyes of our elected politicians. These same politicians stood by during the plunder by DOT.CON stocks, the collapse of the rigged stock market, the wipe-out of peoples` savings and pension funds and the billions of dollars stolen by the "captains of industry." Now they watch helplessly while this latest oil swindle unfolds.So What Can You Do? If the politicians refuse to act then we must. Firstly, why not follow my example and send this article to your elected political representative? Demand an explanation. At the very least urge the banning of these avaricious hedge funds. They exist for no reason other than to manipulate markets, up or down, purely for personal gain, fleecing you in the process. Send copies to your friends. Urge them to do likewise. Get hopping mad! Stop the Wall Street hucksters from getting their $150 per barrel oil.Secondly, do not trust Wall Street with your money; do not assume your job and your pension are safe. They are not. Have an escape plan. Get a second income. Check out this link http:www.techno-twerp.com for some real advice. In these uncertain economic times, be prepared for the unexpected. Robbie Pugh - All Rights Reserved