We represent sellers of online businesses looking for an exit strategy. We are website brokers who have both the experience and the know-how necessary to sell Internet Businesses quickly and for top dollar. Our experience lies in selling all different types of web properties including software companies, ecommerce websites, eBay businesses, Amazon businesses, businesses that sell on Sears.com, Buy.com, NewEgg.com, and several others. We also have experience in selling businesses that aren’t traditional online businesses such as Daily Deals sites, wholesalers, Flash Sales sites, distributors, fulfillment centers, drop shippers, marketing and advertising agencies, and several others.
We understand the nuances of Social Media Optimization, Search Engine Marketing, running Ad Words and Ad Center accounts, API integration, creating data feeds. We have operating experience with CMS and IMS platforms, selling on eBay, Amazon, Sears, Buy and NewEgg, utilizing and working with Affiliate Marketers, and applying our skills to Social Networks to help create brand awareness. We have performed in the same capacity as our clients that are selling and buying internet businesses, and because of our specific knowledge of this industry, we fully understand the best methods for selling a web property. We understand your questions and concerns, and we can speak your language… whether your questions are related to sometimes confusing Google Algorithm updates, Analytics review, or grasping a content management system, we understand your needs and your anxieties, and our experience of buying and selling internet businesses, makes us the perfect choice for your website business broker.
We are also business people. We can analyze Profit and Loss statements, Balance Sheets, and Tax Returns. We can analyze your business’s Cash Flow, so you can be sure you are receiving the best multiple possible on your business. Our extensive financial background, coupled with our network of professionals within the banking industry, will help us to prepare your business for review by banks and other lenders, including banks that utilize the SBA to back the small business loans that our banking contacts underwrite. We know precisely how to value a business, we know how to market it with discretion, and we know how to locate the right buyers while assisting the seller in obtaining financing.
Some of the things we will do for you include: Thoroughly evaluate your business, Develop an Exit Strategy, Market your business with absolute discretion, Qualify buyers to be sure they possess the desire and the financial and operational capability to consummate the deal, Organize legal, accounting, tax and/or due diligence help, if necessary, Provide invaluable consulting services, Help reduce expenses so the deal multiple is maximized, Get the process started by furnishing the initial documents to get the banks on board, We excel at troubleshooting the issues that never fail to arise during the due diligence and lending stages of the transaction, Successfully close the deal by putting all of the players into place.
What is Software as a Service? Generally speaking, its software that’s developed and hosted by the SaaS vendor and which the end user customer accesses over the Internet. Unlike traditional packaged applications that users install on their computers or servers, the SaaS vendor owns the software and runs it on computers in its data center. The customer does not own the software but effectively rents it, usually for a monthly fee. SaaS is sometimes also known as hosted software or by its more marketing-friendly cousin, “on-demand.”
Software as a service (SaaS) sometimes referred to as “software on demand,” is software that is deployed over the internet and/or is deployed to run behind a firewall on a local area network or personal computer. With SaaS, a provider licenses an application to customers either as a service on demand, through a subscription, in a “pay-as-you-go” model, or (increasingly) at no charge. This approach to application delivery is part of the utility computing model where all of the technology is in the "cloud" accessed over the Internet as a service.
In common with many technologies, this software rental approach has gone through several generations and several name changes along the way. Most recently it was provided by Application Service Providers (ASPs) but can now usually be found being sold as Software as a Service (SaaS) or sometimes as On-Demand Software (ODS).
Traditionally, software runs locally, installed on computers or servers within an organisation. With SaaS, software is stored on a provider’s server and then accessed via a web browser, through Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection, using Citrix or other remote desktop software over the Internet. This type of access to world-class software systems is an alternative worth considering for companies that face the high implementation costs of the latest business ICT solutions.
Small companies often do not have the financial resources to purchase on-site systems which require significant investment in packaged software and dedicated hardware together with staffing or the external resources needed to manage them. With SaaS, the immediate costs associated with on-site installation are replaced by a simple, often per-user cost, for access to the hosted software. Larger companies with extensive installations are also beginning to consider SaaS as a cost cutting measure.
Selling a business is a big decision that can be a life changing event. For many of us selling our business can be one of the biggest financial decisions we’ve ever made. Selling an eCommerce business requires a unique broker or advisor who has experience in the industry. eCommerce businesses are much more complex than your average brick & mortar businesses. With complex contracts, confidential manufacturing relationships, 3rd party distribution channels, and fluctuating inventory, there are a number of variables to consider when selling an eCommerce business. Studies have shown that the price you receive for your business and the probability of a successful exit goes up with the quality of the broker you hire.Transactions can fail for a number of reasons, but the most common reason a transaction will fail is that the broker or seller has overpriced the business from the start.Finding a quality business broker can help you sell your business for a higher price more quickly.
There are really 3 main types of eCommerce business brokers M&A Advisors –These are high-level brokers who specialize in larger more complex transactions, they’ve built relationships with private equity groups and strategic buyers and represent companies with doing $1mn or more in sales.An M&A advisor will typically get you more for your business as they work with you to create an exit plan and help increase your value before taking you to market. The typical M&A advisory firm is around three to seven professionals who work on a transaction as a deal team. Business Brokers –These firms typically focus on small to medium sized deals with an average deal size of less than $1mn. These firms offer a superior level of customer service to a marketplace. Marketplaces: At the smaller end of the spectrum are eCommerce marketplaces, these companies typically will accept any type of listing and have little to no vetting process for no listings.
Purchase agreements can vary in length and complexity depending on the size of the business being sold. Larger more complex transactions tend to have longer more complicated agreements.As the seller, you will certainly want to have an experienced transaction attorney on your side advising you.
There are two main types of purchase contracts, an asset purchase agreement, which means the buyer is going to acquire the assets of the company, but not the actual company itself.
The alternative to an asset purchase agreement is the stock purchase agreement where the buyer is purchasing shares of the company.
Both types of agreements have different tax and legal consequences so it’s important that you have good legal and tax advisors on hand. A quality business broker will help advise you on your options and the different outcomes.
Selling your eCommerce business is a huge decision, it’s extremely important that you find quality representation. Having the right representation could be the difference of selling for a big pay day and not selling at all.