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Should I sell my business or raise investment

It seems like a straight forward answer. Either you list your business for sale or raise investments. But is it? You have heard it, seen it, read it, dreamt it or for some of you, even experienced it. The sweet or sad (depending on your circumstances) feeling of thinking of an exit strategy. Most would think of selling their business and dreaming of a huge, hopefully, payout. But is it really worth it? Or raising investment and pushing your business to greater heights with more funds and / or talents.

Ah, whether you are simply putting your business for sale or planning to raise investments have both pros and cons. Let’s take a look at selling your business first.

Exiting via a business sale sounds good if the potential exited amount is substantial. You can use the proceeds from the sale of your business for many reasons such as, travel extensively, retire, fund other ventures, invest or for any other reasons. If you are sure that the exit amount is substantial enough, it would be suffice to go ahead with your decision even if you have no immediate plans. However if you have no concrete plans and the amount may not be substantial enough, you might want to look further and explore more possibilities.

You must remember however that once you have sold your business, it means you relinquish control over the dream that you built and maintained for however long it may be.

Raising investments or funds may be another alternative to listing your business for sale. It gives you shares and control over your business, depending on the deal you strike, while getting funds injected into your business. Furthermore, it adds talent to your team as most investors would bring something valuable along with them other than just cash.

This also means that you need to be prepared to listen to an additional voice(s). Any freedom of decisions that you had before getting investor(s) onboard would now have to be taken into consideration. Depending on the synergy of the partnership, you may actually scale your business to heights you may not be able to do alone.

Ultimately, there are many factors when considering whether to sell your business or to raise funds. Important factors includes some of the following factors;
- the nature of the business,
- the team running it,
- the conditions of environment
- any other factors

To sum it up, whether you want to put up your business for sale or raise investment, there are many factors to consider including emotional ones. Whatever you choose, Investment Ventures is able to help you list your business for sale or aid you in raising up capital. For more information, kindly contact us today.