E508: Selling My E-commerce Business After 3 Years

After 3 years, I’m glad to announce that I’ve sold one of my businesses. 

Joining me today is the broker that helped me with the transition, Chris Duty from Quiet Light Brokerage. Chris and I explore the process of selling a business that I, alongside investors from ECF Capital, acquired in late 2020, and what transpired along the way (which includes some unfortunate events). 

One of the key takeaways from this episode is that the process isn’t over until it’s over. 

Some roadblocks might pop up along the way, but it’s always important to move onto the next step until the whole process is complete. If you’re considering on selling your business, or if you want to hear the fun (or unlucky) details of my journey in trying to sell this business, today’s episode is definitely one to save. 

Here’s today’s main points: 

Timestamps:

  • 00:00 – Introduction
  • 01:50 – Ground rules of today’s discussion
  • 03:04 – The backstory of our sale 
  • 08:39 – Today’s main takeaway: It’s not done until it’s done. 
  • 14:41 – How Chris approaches a business sale  
  • 16:28 – Building trust and credibility with buyers
  • 24:18 – Tax returns and SBA pre-qualification
  • 31:05 -The impact of having your priorities in order
  • 33:43 – Finding the right buyer who recognizes the long-term value of the business
  • 42:38 – The importance of early preparation for selling your business

We hope today’s episode was useful to you. If you want to get in touch with Chris you can find him at Linkedin or you can check out the company at QuietLight.com. If you want to check out how Mike planned to grow this ecommerce business back in 2021, you can check it out here

If you have any questions or anything you’d like us to discuss on the podcast, you can now email us directly at support@ecomcrew.com! Also, we would really appreciate it if you would leave us a review on iTunes

Thanks for listening!

Michael Jackness

Michael started his first business when he was 18 and is a serial entrepreneur. He got his start in the online world way back in 2004 as an affiliate marketer. From there he grew as an SEO expert and has transitioned into ecommerce, running several sites that bring in a total of 7-figures of revenue each year.

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