A job or own a business…8 ways to know?

The ultimate test of your business can be found in a simple question: would someone want to buy your company?


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Whether you want to sell your business next year or a decade from now, you must be building an asset someone would buy – otherwise, you have a job, not a business.

Here are eight ways to ensure you are building a business, not just doing a job:

  • A job requires that you show up at work to make money, whereas a company generates revenue whether you are there or not.
  • If your company is so reliant on a single customer that they can dictate how you deliver your product or service, your company is more like a job than a valuable business.
  • A job is a place where your personal reputation impacts your results, whereas a company is a place where the brand is more important than the personality of the founder(s).
  • A job requires you to use your personal experience and expertise to get a result, whereas a company is a place where a process – not a person – consistently produces a desirable result.
  • In a job, you get fired for taking too much vacation, whereas if you own a company, the more vacation you can take without impacting your company’s performance, the more valuable your business will be.
  • In a job, the harder you work, the more money you earn. In a company, the smarter you work, the more money you earn.
  • In a job, you solve the problems. If you own a company, your employees solve the problems.
  • If the majority of your customers know your mobile phone number, it’s likely you have a job, not a company.

If you’re not sure whether you have a job or own a business, it’s time to call Business Brokers New York. Whether you want to sell now or in a decade, we can determine the value and prospects for selling your business. You need to know what the right parameters are and the metrics to track in order to transition your business successfully. We can help…we are certified business analysts and business intermediaries…experts in our field.


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