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Like video games? Your small business is more like one than you think.

Like video games?  Your small business is more like one than you think.

I grew up being among the first generation of video game players.  To be honest, I still dabble with them when I’m bored.  The evolution of the games has been amazing to see.  But what I have not enjoyed is the evolution of the controllers.  What started as a knob that I could rotate to move a cursor up and down the screen (Pong), has become an assembly of buttons, triggers, and joysticks (PS4) that I rarely know how to operate correctly.  It’s overwhelming to try and figure out the thousands of combinations you have to instantly create to be successful in playing a video game today. 

Goodwill – No; not the thrift store. The pot of gold.

Goodwill – No; not the thrift store. The pot of gold.

Are you hoping to turn your small business into your retirement?  Then you should know how to build goodwill!  Goodwill is the amount of money someone will pay you for your business, over and above the value of the assets.  It’s a big imaginary number that represents how well you run your business, and how safe a purchaser thinks your business is to buy.

Run it like you’re selling it. Get the most out of your small business.

Run it like you’re selling it. Get the most out of your small business.

Have you ever placed a car you own up for sale?  What is the first thing you do?  You clean it up.  You fix the things that need it.  You get the french fries out from between the seats.  You get the car ready to present to someone else with the hope that it will attract top dollar.  It’s natural for us to do this.  We are trying to get the most out of our car.

A curious thing happens right after you clean up your old vehicle.  Especially, if you are still driving it daily.  You get behind the wheel.  You like the way it rides better, smells better, looks better, etc.  You even start to think, “This is a pretty nice car.”  All of the issues that made you ready to sell have suddenly disappeared.  What a bonus!  You get the benefit of riding in a “pretty nice car” throughout the entire period that it sits on the market.  In the end, you get an offer that makes you happy.  In the meantime, you received the benefit of a car that was providing the operator with great value.