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What Is Meant by Quality of Earnings?Why Might a Company Need a Quality of Earnings Report?What Is the Purpose of a Quality of Earnings Report in an Acquisition?Does Every Buyer...

Accepting a buyer’s letter of intent (LOI) is the first step to closing the deal of your dreams. LOIs kick off negotiations and establish terms for a potential acquisition.

What Is an Asset Purchase Agreement?What’s Included in an Asset Purchase Agreement?Party Information, Recitals, and DefinitionsPurchased AssetsAssumption of LiabilitiesPurchase PriceRepresentations and WarrantiesHow Representations and Warranties Apply to SellersHow Representations and...

Asset Transfer

Verify Ownership and AuthenticityRegistration Certificates/Vendor LicensesContractsInvoicesList Assets in Your Asset Purchase Agreement (APA)Free Asset Transfer Agreement TemplateWhy Use an Asset Transfer Agreement Template?Why Our APA Builder Is the Best OptionTransfer...

Why Legal Help Is CriticalWhat to Do Before You CloseTransferring Intellectual PropertyWho Owns the Code?Will Your Hosting Provider Play Ball?Transferring PeopleTalk to Them FirstWhat About Contractors?Transferring CustomersClose and Transfer: The...

Business Metrics

Why Connect Your Metrics to the P&L Builder?Attracts More BuyersJustifies Your Asking PriceAutomates Initial Due DiligenceSpeeds Up Actual Due DiligenceAttracts Better OffersHow to Sync Your Metrics With the P&L BuilderFinancial...

Deal Structure

Why Ask Acquire.com to Manage Your Acquisition?What You Get With Managed by Acquire?How Managed by Acquire Works?What is Managed by Acquire?How much does Managed by Acquire cost?Do you handle the...

What Are the Components of an Acquisition Offer?CashSeller’s Note (Seller Financing)EarnoutSeller RolloverSeller HoldbackWhich Components Result in the Best Outcome?Start Exit Planning BEFORE You ListSeek the Advice of an Acquisition Professional...

Accounts ReceivableInventoryPrepaid SubscriptionsAvoiding Problems with Purchase Price Adjustments The first thing you’ll review in an asset purchase agreement is the total purchase price. This is the headline number your friends...

Due Diligence

If you’ve never sold a company before, you may not know what to expect. Often, the buyer will take some time to vet the legitimacy of your business in a...

Have you ever sold a car? Your buyer probably wanted to take it for a test drive. After doing a quick lap around your neighborhood, they’ll have checked your engine...

The Key Roles in an Acquisition (Who’s Involved)Who Does What at Each Stage of the Acquisition Process?1. Deciding to Sell Your Company2. Exit Planning3. Evaluating Buyers4. Fielding Offers and Negotiating...

Escrow

Why Should You Care About the Escrow Builder?How the Escrow Builder WorksAgree to Escrow Details on Acquire.com1. Buyer Proposes Escrow Details2. Seller Agrees to Escrow Details3. Buyer and Seller Agree...

The Key Roles in an Acquisition (Who’s Involved)Who Does What at Each Stage of the Acquisition Process?1. Deciding to Sell Your Company2. Exit Planning3. Evaluating Buyers4. Fielding Offers and Negotiating...

Verify Ownership and AuthenticityRegistration Certificates/Vendor LicensesContractsInvoicesList Assets in Your Asset Purchase Agreement (APA)Free Asset Transfer Agreement TemplateWhy Use an Asset Transfer Agreement Template?Why Our APA Builder Is the Best OptionTransfer...

Exit Planning

Acquisition Prep 101Recap and LearningsWe’re Always In Your CornerBenefits of Acquisition PreparationThe Purpose of Prep: Closing the Knowledge Gap for BuyersSix Reasons Preparation Is EssentialCovering the Basics of Acquisition PrepClean...

Hey there, Andrew here! Was awesome to see some of you at the webinar on Wednesday, and if you missed it, no worries – watch it again above or read...

What Is Private Equity?Who Does Private Equity Usually Invest In?What Are the Benefits of Selling to Private Equity?Access to CapitalOperational ExpertiseWhat Do Private Equity Firms Do With Companies That Are...

Financing

Yes, You Can Arrange Financing for BuyersWhy Get Pre-Qualified for Acquisition Financing?Sell Your Business FasterShoulder Less RiskGuaranteed Cash at ClosingAccess Boopos BuyersGet an Independent Business ValuationShow Buyers You’re SeriousPrepare Buyer...

The official partnership between Acquire.com and Boopos was announced in January to offer streamlined, non-dilutive business acquisition loans for small and medium-sized online businesses up to $2 million. https://twitter.com/agazdecki/status/1616433081162031109?s=20 Juan...

Why Ask Acquire.com to Manage Your Acquisition?What You Get With Managed by Acquire?How Managed by Acquire Works?What is Managed by Acquire?How much does Managed by Acquire cost?Do you handle the...

Getting Started

Hey there, Andrew here! Was awesome to see some of you at the webinar on Wednesday, and if you missed it, no worries – watch it again above or read...

What Does ChatGPT Have to Say About Selling Your Business?Gather Information About Your BusinessDefine Your Target AudienceCraft Your Message With ChatGPTSample PromptChatGPT-3 Created This Executive SummaryOptimize Your Message on ChatGPTHow...

What Matters More Than Your Acquisition Criteria?How Do Buyer Recommendations Work?Which Startup Types Interest You?What’s Your Ideal Asking Price Range?What’s Your Ideal TTM Revenue Range?What’s Your Ideal TTM Profit Range?Which...

Help & Advice

Litigator? I Hardly Know Her!What Are the Risks of Selling a SaaS Business Online?Do Similar Risks Apply to Buyers?How Does Acquire.com Protect Your SaaS Acquisition?Close Your Acquisition Safely With EscrowVet...

Picture this: after years of rejection, you’ve finally raised money to build one of the top streaming data platforms on planet Earth.  You dominate your marketing and gain 400 downloads...

Product used to be a physical object you sold, like a book or CD. Today it’s a catchall term for how your business delivers value. ChatGPT is a product. SaaS...

Legal

M&A Advisor

Quitting College and Several Failed StartsHow Hosam Built the Side Project He’d Eventually SellThe Challenges of Productizing an AgencyHow He Knew It Was Time to Sell His Side ProjectLearning How...

Why Ask Acquire.com to Manage Your Acquisition?What You Get With Managed by Acquire?How Managed by Acquire Works?What is Managed by Acquire?How much does Managed by Acquire cost?Do you handle the...

Your Location Doesn’t MatterStartups We LoveProfitable SaaS and EcommerceOther Profitable StartupsRevenue and CustomersRealistic ValuationsVerifiable Businesses As you might already know, we curate startup listings to ensure the best possible experience...

Negotiations

How to Negotiate With Buyers to Maximize Your ExitRecap and LearningsIs This Your Year for Getting Acquire'd?Making a Great First ImpressionBe AvailableBe InformativeSet ExpectationsWhat Buyers Expect of You and Your...

The Key Roles in an Acquisition (Who’s Involved)Who Does What at Each Stage of the Acquisition Process?1. Deciding to Sell Your Company2. Exit Planning3. Evaluating Buyers4. Fielding Offers and Negotiating...

1. Treat the Buyer Like a New Family2. Ensure Everyone Pulls in the Same Direction3. Communicate4. Recognize That Things Will Go Wrong5. Closing Is Just the BeginningWhat Is an Acquisition?What...

Success Stories

Most venture-backed startups fail.  It’s a well known fact, yet many venture-backed founders choose to burn out and ride their dying startups into the ground. Few realize they have options...

Think flipping houses is lucrative? Try flipping SaaS. Csaba Cserep bought a bundle of WordPress plugins for $30,000. He later sold the most promising of those plugins, a Stripe payment...

Don’t Be Afraid to Make a Business that Others Are Doing, Just do it Better Working a nine-to-five can be a great launchpad for a successful SaaS application. Just ask...

Taxes

What Business Taxes Do You Pay After Selling Your Business?How To Navigate Post-Sale Tax Implications1. What Type of Acquisition Is It?2. How Is Your Business Structured?3. What Closing Terms Did...

What Business Taxes Do You Pay After an Acquisition?1. Hold Your Assets For Longer Than 12 Months2. Choose Asset Classes Carefully When Allocating the Purchase Price3. Require an Installment Payment...

Corporate Forms and How They’re TaxedHow to Minimize Tax on an Asset Sale (as a C-Corp)Purchase Price Allocation Imagine a buyer has just acquired your C-Corp in an asset purchase....

Valuations

The Year of the Profitable StartupHow to Maximize Your ExitMultiples Report – January 2024A Disclaimer on the DataWho Built This Report?What’s Happening at the Macro Level?Confirmed Purchase Price Profit MultipleConfirmed SaaS...

How Much Is Your Startup Worth?Free ResourcesRecap and LearningsAcquire.com Champions FoundersHow We Perfect Your ListingHow We Market Your Startup to 350,000+ BuyersDrive Buyer Interest With Your ValuationWhy Is Setting the...

In May 2023, I got on a phone call with someone I met on Twitter to talk about no-code startups. Since its founding in 2021, 86 no-code businesses were sold...

Vetting Buyers

What Is an M&A Pitch Deck?Why Make an M&A Pitch Deck?Do You Need a Buyer Pitch Deck in M&A?What to Include in an M&A Pitch DeckExecutive SummaryAn Example from DropboxIndustry...

Your Business Has Too Many Problems Now or On the HorizonYour Business Isn’t Ready for the MarketThe Business Requires too Much Owner ExperienceThe Business Only Has One or Two Large...

How to Create a Foolproof Buyer Vetting ProcessSetting a TimeframeListing Your RequirementsEvaluating Your BuyersChatting with Your Initial BuyersAsking Buyers About Their BackgroundAsking Buyers About Their GoalsLearning About Their Funding SourceCreating...