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! 

Looking ahead. — We ran across this gem of a post on exit planning in an insurance journal. It does a great job of summing up the basic how and why of planning an exit from your business.

The difference between exit and succession planning. — People often use these terms interchangeably. Stop! One transfers ownership, the other transfers management.

Why many businesses cannot be sold. — This post has the hallmark of a killer blog post: The comments are as interesting as the post itself. Don’t miss them!

What you don’t want to wish after you’ve sold your business. — Aside from money, what is it that you want the sale of your business to accomplish? Happy sellers usually have a plan for their lives post-exit.

Ramping up the curb appeal as you plan to sell your business. — Have you taken stock of the brand assets of your business? This is a great exercise to do before you sell, or any time!

10 reasons you should get a business appraisal. — There are lots of reasons besides selling to get a business valuation. We’re fond of number 10 on this list, also known as idle curiosity.

I sold my startup for $25.5 million. Here’s how I did it. — This founder gives a very honest account of what it feels like to sell your business. Be prepared to temporarily lead a double life.

An investment banker wears many hats. — This Infographic is based on one of my favorite posts. Cat herder…chef…therapist? Middle market M&A advisors are all of the above and more.

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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.