Following are some of the best articles we’ve run across on selling a business, buying a business, business valuation, building value in your business, and other helpful advice on middle market M&A. Enjoy! 

Part of the formula for selling a small business is YOU — If you read only one blog post, make it this one! Take-away: If you’re not ready to understand and embrace the goal of selling your business, then wait until you are.

How to know what you should be paying yourself — The question of owner’s salary can become a real issue when the time comes to sell your business. The short answer to this question is to pay yourself a market salary for the job you do.

What constitutes a useful business valuation report — This post provides a good checklist that is helpful for getting a business valuation that supports your goal(s) for having the report done in the first place.

Understanding SBA Loan Types — Individual buyers of small businesses will frequently fund part of the purchase price with an SBA loan. This article gives a nice overview of the four major types of SBA loans, and what the application process will require.

Identify sources of stress in your life — Along with starting a business, selling one can be one of the most stressful parts of the business-ownership journey. This article explains the difference between high and low-grade anxiety, how to pinpoint stressors and deal with them directly.

3 steps for determining how much you need from the sale of your business — This is an important exercise if you’re going to be relying on the proceeds from a sale to fund all or part of your retirement.

Deal Stats Transaction Survey 1H2013 — The Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors released a report on middle market M&A transactions for 1H2013. Read through it with an eye toward where your business stacks up based on sales and earnings last year.

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Author: Barbara Taylor

Barbara is co-founder of Allan Taylor & Co. and a former New York Times blogger. She has been a small-business owner since 2003. Barbara lives with her husband, Chris, and their two sons in Northwest Arkansas.