E536: The 10 Types of Add Backs You Need To Know When Selling Your Ecommerce Business

When selling an ecommerce business, its important for owners to be compensated for the stressful one-time events that was experienced in the last 12 months when going to sell. 

These are called “Add Backs”, but what are they exactly? 

I've invited Chris Duty, an advisor from Quiet Light Brokerage, to talk about the various types of Add Backs that you need to know about, why they matter, and how it can significantly impact the valuation of a business to potential buyers. 

Here's some timestamps for your convenience: 

  • 0:00 – Introduction 
  • 0:31 – Ad Spot 
  • 2:46 – Background of Today's Subject
  • 4:50 – What is an Add Back? 
  • 7:16 – Accrual Accounting
  • 11:04 – Owner Salaries 
  • 13:20 – Value of Working Less 
  • 16:13 – Payroll Taxes / Income Taxes 
  • 17:53 – Trademarks, Copyrights, Patents and Other Legal Fees
  • 19:44 – Change in Service Provider Costs 
  • 20:26 – Employee Removal Costs  
  • 22:21 – How Mike Views Add Backs 
  • 27:33 – Cash Back / Points Credit Cards 
  • 30:26 – What if you use a regular credit card?
  • 31:51 – Masterminds & Ecommerce Courses 
  • 32:27 – Lowered COGS 
  • 37:46 – Negative Add Backs 
  • 39:51 – Price Changes 
  • 43:33 – Conclusion 

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 Chris' previous episode, click here.

If you have any questions or any topics 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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