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! 

Staging Houses and Staging Companies — Great punch list of action items broken into nine categories to help prepare your business for sale.

How to Negotiate with Someone More Powerful Than You — One of two great articles we found on negotiating. Here is another on two types of people you should never negotiate with.

Closing the Books on the First Half of 2014: Now What? — Some good advice on financial housekeeping for any time of year.

I’ll Trade You a Break-Up Fee for a No-Shop Clause — Some interesting insights into two important provisions you may see in a Letter of Intent.

A Philosopher Explains How to Make Hard Choices — What makes a decision hard depends on how alternative choices relate to each other.

How Liens Can Affect Your Small Business — Avoid nasty surprises and do a UCC search on your business before selling. You’ll be glad you did!

What’s Keeping You Awake at Night? — An easy exercise to help you get peace of mind as a business owner…and more sleep.

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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.