14 May Selling your Internet Hosting Business
In the event that you want to sell your internet hosting business, you must make arrangements to ensure the transition is as seamless as possible. This cannot be overemphasized being a service providing business with clients who rely on the business for operations in some cases almost entirely. Before we look at what to do in preparation for the sale, it is important to evaluate all the contracts with existing clients to ensure the change of hands will be properly documented and not raise any contractual legal conflicts.
The first thing to do is to update the accounting records and in line with that ensuring all outstanding debt is collected from nonpaying clients. In case they fail to pay, their service accounts should be suspended. For continuity, it is imperative to reconcile the inventory, compile information on business assets, contracts and agreements with suppliers, client domains associated with the business, servers and licenses. After these prerequisites, document all the operational functions that will help the new owner understand the running of the business in the shortest time. These include passwords, warranties for equipment and lists of services and clients. You are now ready to sell your internet hosting business by highlighting its strong points and documenting all the positives that will woo potential buyers. In such a high stakes business, it is wise to ensure the firm responsible with closing the deal has capacity to take over all administrative and technical support issues affecting your clients during the transition. DealCapital is one such firm you can partner with.
Your software investment bank will help you determine the asking price for your internet hosting business based on the valuation and profit margin. They will then post multiple confidential advertisements for the sale of the business on media that do not require disclosure of the business name. Selling an internet hosting business is sensitive and clients can potentially panic due to uncertainty. During the sale, go for a buyer who is more likely to be perceived by your clients to foster continuity, have their interest at heart. Sometimes this may not be the highest bidder. Post-sale support is just as important to guarantee clients the transition will not affect service provision.