Benefits Of Using A Broker To Sell Your Business

business broker workingWhen it comes time to sell a business, many professionals wonder if the services of a business broker are worthwhile or if they should attempt to handle the sale on their own. There are several aspects to which thought must be given when one is making this decision.


A business broker usually represents the seller in a transactional role and handles distinct tasks that many business owners may find overwhelming. This is one of the primary benefits associated with such services.

Step-by-Step Help

Most business owners, even those who have been successful in their enterprises, are unaware of all the steps involved in the sale of the business. Availing oneself of the services of a broker brings a tremendous amount of peace of mind to the seller, as the broker will walk the business owners through every step from beginning to end.

Access to Buyers

A dedicated broker typically has a register of pre-qualified business buyers who are continuously looking to make acquisitions. A database of this kind is something to which few if any independent business owners have access. Additionally, brokers typically conduct a complimentary business valuation designed to maximize the value of the company for sale.


Those with a business for sale, regardless of its size, will quickly discover that sales transactions need a tremendous amount of paperwork and documentation. Data will be needed from the owner so that the business can be evaluated by prospective buyers. Although this information can be gathered by the owner himself or herself, a good business broker will help with the coordination of all necessary paperwork, before, during and after the sale.

Performance Based Services

Most business brokers operate on a “pay for performance” basis. This means that they only earn a commission if a registered qualified buyer is found and a closing takes place.


Most professionals would agree that negotiations are the most challenging aspect of selling a business. Brokers have the knowledge and experience to overcome the hurdles and objections that occur during the transaction. For instance, if the seller receives an offer that is too low and wants to negotiate for a higher price, he or she may not know how to best go about this task. Experienced brokers negotiate for a living, and can often bargain much more effectively than the business owners themselves.

Additionally, the seller may need to remain associated with the buyer following the transaction, and a less than friendly confrontation during the negotiating process could sour the relationship in advance. When a broker is hired, most unpleasant aspects of the sale, should any arise, are handled by that person, rather than the seller.

Finding the Best Business Broker

It is important to meet with several brokers until one is found with whom the prospective seller feels comfortable. Business owners should ask about the broker’s level of experience, how many transactions he or she has been involved with and if the broker has ever owned a business. It is also important to get references and inquire about whether or not the broker specializes in any particular type of business sale.

Anyone with a business for sale will find the services of an experienced broker invaluable. When the most qualified individual is hired for the job, sellers will find that such services are a solid asset that will help essentially anyone to successfully complete a sales transaction.

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Information On Different Spa Services


To most people, spas, and their treatments conjure up thoughts of facials and massages. Yes, these treatments are very much available at a spa, but that’s just scratching the surface. Spas also provide skin care treatments for the whole body, pedicures and manicures, hair removal treatments and also other treatments that are traditionally restricted to a doctor’s office.




Facials include exfoliation, moisturizers, steam, peels, masks and massages. They get rid of dull and dry cells from the surface of the skin; massage the associated muscles to improve circulation, eliminate clogged pores and entirely hydrate the fresh, new skin layer. Some face treatments target particular problematic spots like eye bags, dark circles, anti-aging spots, etc.




Spas offer a plethora of treatments for the whole body: body polishes, aqua therapy, Vichy showers and body wraps. In aqua therapy, you are soaked in aromatherapy oil-enriched aqua-jet tubs. Such soaks enhance blood circulation and hydrate and exfoliate the skin. A body polish is basically a body facial. A salt scrub is a variety of a body polish where sea salt scrubs are used for exfoliation. Post the exfoliation, the body is enwrapped in mud or seaweed to help remove skin impurities and enhance the skin’s texture. Vichy showers are, at times, used to conclude a body wrap or body polish, but can be offered as a separate treatment as well. The showers come with five to eight shower heads, which pour down water on your flat-lying body. These showers help with blood circulation and also skin hydration.




A massage is invariably a spa’s most popular offering, with multiple types on offer. The commonly offered Swedish massage comprises massage oil for smooth, long massaging strokes and covers body portions that are due for a massage. At times, aromatherapy oils are used to further help with relaxation. There are special pregnancy massages performed especially to assist with easing muscle tension in the legs, shoulder, and lower back. Deep-tissue massages incorporate techniques and movements similar to Swedish massages, but there’s increased pressure involved to release muscle knots and tension. Hot-stone massages are also similar and add heated basalt stones to the mix. At times, the therapist leave the stones rested on the back for better therapeutic flow.


Nail Treatments


Most spas provide both pedicures and manicures, nail services for both the feet and hands. These treatments could be found for a much cheaper price at nail salons than spas. But spas offer much better value for the extra cash you shell out. Besides polishing and shaping nails, professional nail therapists also scrub and soften the skin, apply paraffin, and carry out hot-stone or/and warm cream massages.


Hair Removal


At spas, waxing is the most common and traditional hair removal technique. Aestheticians apply warm wax to the area and then place a cloth strip over the wax. After pressing the strip against the wax, the strip is pulled off with the wax arresting the hairs. Waxing can be done to eliminate unwanted body hair from various parts, such as the chest, back, leg, eyebrows, bikini and upper-lip areas. Complete Brazilian waxes are also offered by some spas, wherein all the genital area hair is cleared. Like waxing, sugaring is another technique for hair-removal. The only difference is that a sugar cream paste replaces the wax. Threading is another technique getting popular in Western spas.

Top Virginia Companies

Every now and then we like to showcase those businesses that have gone above and beyond. Here we are introducing businesses that are dedicated to what they do and to helping others who need it. This month we have decided to mention those in Northern VA and Richmond VA.

Absolute Carpet Care

These folks have been established since 1987 and have dedicated their lives to services like carpet cleaning and upholstery cleaning. They currently service Northern VA areas like Fairfax, Alexandria, Arlington, and Sterling. They are quick, affordable,man cleaner and easy to work with providing the best carpet cleaning NOVA has to offer. Make sure to take advantage of all of their excellent promotions found on their website. You can really save yourself some good hard earned cash by choosing the carpet cleaners at Absolute.

Doody Calls of Fairfax

If you have pets then these guys may be ideal for your situation. I can’t tell you how much of a relief it is to hire a pet waste removal service that Doody Calls can offer you. Many of us these days lead busy lives and we may not have the time to clean up after our pets. dogIf this sounds like you then a pet waste disposal company like these folks is right up your ally. They offer pet waste removal either weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly and you don’t even have to be home for them to service you. They will get the pet waste disposal out of the way so you lead the busy life you do. If you’re in the Washington DC or the Arlington, McLean, or Centerville VA region then give them a call.

Wellesley Animal Hospital

Here is yet another animal themed business that we felt needed a mention. The veterinarians are always so kind and caring. They greet you with a smile and treat your pets like they are one of your children. They have such a strong social media happy catpresence and most or all of their engagement involves strong positive feedback from the customer. I give these the top award for giving the best service in their field. They donate a lot of their time to the public and are constantly giving back. Their animal hospital provides top of the line surgery and anesthesia ensuring the safety of your pets lives. They offer affordable veterinarian care in the Short Pump, Glen Allen, Henrico, and Richmond WestEnd area.

If you at home have any suggests on a business that has gone above and beyond please let us know!

Window Tinting Office Upgrade

window tint officeMy name is Tom and I’m a local Indiana entrepreneur who is always headed where the money is headed. I currently have my own IT company that services businesses in the Indianapolis, Greenwood and Camel IN area. My company has been ever growing at an increasing rate and I have recently had to bring more employees on board and relocate to a larger office setting. Working in an industry where you’re stuck behind a computer all day, I have found it very important to host an atmosphere that isn’t too confining and lets in a lot of light all while allowing for privacy at the same time. I enjoy a lot of windows in my work space to let in as much natural light as I can because I believe it makes me and my staff more productive. To me, cubicles are the way of the past. To incorporate a more spacious feel into my office, I segmented the workspaces with glass separators which have openings at the top to better ventilate. I then contacted a local window tinting company called Solar Concepts who helped me provide a little more added privacy to our new spot.

They came in and measured all of the glass separators and told me that a frosted window tint would fit this situation the best. This option allows for light to pass through but still makes for a private workspace. They even suggested a decorative 3M window film that helped embellish the front of our office. It was a simple floral design that was not only comforting but professional looking at the same time. Everyone who comes in for the first time always comments on it.

On our exterior windows we decided to choose the light window tint that helps with energy efficiency and deterring sun glare. These sun glares let in harmful UV rays that can cause skin problems. This 3M window film also adds a little security in the event that someone tries to break in. It holds the glass together making it harder to break into. This slows done the intruder giving law enforcement more time to arrive to the scene and take care of business.

It’s been a month since our upgrade and I have not heard one complaint about my new office set up. Everyone seems to be enjoying the new spot and stress levels seem to be at an all-time low. Business is great and I couldn’t be happier!


Evaluating Local Senior Care Services

As of 2009 the elderly population, classified as age 65 or older, reached 40 million. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging that means people 65 or older represent almost 13% of the total United States population. It is estimated by the year 2030 that the elderly population will be twice as large as it is today, surpassing the 70 million mark. With an aging population comes the need for new businesses. It probably wouldn’t surprise you if told you that the areas of central and south Florida were some of the biggest markets to companies that specialize in elderly care services. In fact, there are so many options for senior care that it can be difficult to decipher what truly is the best option for you or your loved one. We’ve outlined the three most frequently asked questions we’ve encountered for those looking to find the best quality local elder care services.

1. When should I look into senior care?

All too often people don’t even begin to look into home senior care help until they find themselves or a loved one has a dire need for it. Today, elder care assistance services are no longer something that is looked as in terms of a last resort. From helping with light housework to having transportation assistance to the occasional doctor’s appointment, there are places that can help you keep a majority of your independence far into your later years. It is best to do this research in advance in case you have to make a decision quickly. That way you can confidently make a choice knowing you arrived at your conclusions on facts instead of operating on emotion.


 2. How do I know if it’s a good service or facility?

Even if you do as much research as possible, when investing in a service it can be difficult to know for certain that it is the right decision for you or your loved one. You want this to be as stress-free and as smooth of a transition as possible. In order to accomplish that, it is best to write down and clearly define a list of wants and expectations from your senior care service provider. Narrow down and prioritize your list of what is most important and non-negotiable to you or your loved one. Then do your homework. Research the best senior care options in Broward County and the surrounding areas. When you find the elderly care assistance that best meets your needs be sure to find out:

– What is their specific licensing?

– Are they up to date and registered with the state?

– Can they give you a price quote and what specifically does that price cover?

– If your needs increase, will the price increase as well and by how much?

– What are the rules and guidelines of the community or business?


3. Is there anything I should look out for?

First and foremost, be aware of scams. Unfortunately, there are people that will try and take advantage of those looking for elderly or in-home care services. Never input any credit card or social security information online before speaking with a representative from the company first. Also, look online to see if there are any complaints or negative reviews about the business you are interested in. If you are a child that is looking for senior services for your parent, you should be prepared that this may not be any easy transition for your mother or father. Do your research but keep your parent and their primary care doctor in the loop before you take any actions. Don’t be afraid to ask for help yourself. There are so many qualified professionals that have experience assisting people through this time of change. Remember you are not alone in your search.

What to Look for in a Personal Injury Lawyer

Do you know what to look for in a personal injury lawyer? For starters, you need to understand everything that a personal injury lawyer does – including the types of cases they specialize, and the scope of their firm. A lot of the attorney’s out there are large enough so that many of the cases that come in trickle down to junior attorneys. This is a problem for you and anyone else that is in need of legal assistance, because you won’t be getting the experienced help that you were under the impression of receiving to begin with. This can hurt the chances of success in court, and overall can be a serious burden causing financial hardship.

Finding The Right Attorney

When it comes to finding the right attorney, the best thing you can do for yourself or a loved one, is find a firm that is personalized in a way such that the main attorney handles each and every case. On one hand, this limits the cases that any firm can take at one time – but greatly increases the success rate of each case. One example of a popular personal injury law firm here in Richmond VA that offers the personalized attorney experience, is Whitehead & Chiocca. They are a good example of this, and to illustrate my point further they even have the case outcomes on their website.

You also want to make sure that the firm and the attorney you end up working with has the proper experience for your case. Before accepting assistance, make sure you get information about their case history, case successes and the time they have been in practice in your area. This is all very important when it comes to choosing a lawyer that will get you the justice and compensation that you deserve.

Choosing the Best Auto Insurance

When shopping for auto insurance you have so many different companies telling you that they provide the lowest rates with the best policies, but who is the best? The true answer to this question is that there will never be one company that is truly better than all others. Insurance companies will have similar prices and similar policies; otherwise it would be a less competitive market. Don’t let this discourage you from trying to find the best auto insurance company because there are many great Insurance companies out there – just don’t purchase on price and policy alone.

One thing you can look at when purchasing a policy is how often your representatives are available to assist you. State Farm promises to have your agent available at any time, but if you don’t call within normal business hours your call will be directed to a corporate call center rather than your agent. Most companies are like this, but advertising can be misleading sometimes.

CorvetteWould you say that a person driving Mitsubishi Lancer would have higher car insurance than a person driving a Chevy Corvette Convertible? If you said the Corvette then you would be wrong about that. The Lancer is actually one of the cars with the highest liability and the Corvette – the lowest, according to Business Insider. Insurance companies are able to track what cars they have to pay most on and which cars they rarely have any claims with. This is why car insurance providers ask what car you are driving, so they can offer you a rate based on the car you drive, along with many other factors.

Because of the information listed above there is no true way to say one company can give you the best rates. But there are Insurance providers that can make you feel at ease about the policy that you purchase. Insurance Doctor of Chesapeake promises to save you up to 50% on your car insurance otherwise you get a free meal on them. Not sure about them but I would want to make this claim without knowing that there will be very few instances of free dinners given out. This company also doesn’t reject anyone trying to get insurance through them which can mean all the difference for some drivers.

Insurance companies are always promising us that they can provide us the best rate, but rarely will we know that for sure. We will always find a company out there that may provide a better rate but we shouldn’t be purchasing on price. I would suggest purchasing on the type and availability of service that the company provides. Make sure you choose a company that will work with you in trying to solve your situations and not work against you.

Energy Savings with Commercial Window Tinting

While the human need for natural light is a constant, window film provides an energy efficient solution without sacrificing light. Over the past years, we’ve heard stories from a lot of building managers and engineers about solving their comfort problems as well as energy usage. You can make people comfortable while opening up shades, experience natural daylight, reduce computer glare, and save money on energy all at the same time. Make the space in your building the most attractive possible.window tinting One common problem is the heat buildup in offices. There are a number of solutions to fix this. The most cost prohibitive of these would be a full window replacement, but window film has produced excellent results at a fraction of the cost. One case study looked at a building with a very old hvac system. Window tinting significantly reduced the heat load without having to relocate or replace the air conditioning system. The campaign saved close to 15 million dollars. The right window tinting product can keep tenants happy, reduce complaints, and create a more energy efficient environment. Single pane glasses can be as efficient as double pane glass and with window film, double pane glass can be as efficient as triple pane glass.

The visible spectrum is what we see as light. We don’t see UV rays, but we do feel it as heat. You can create a tinted effect that creates a better color of light that is seen through your windows, or you can leave the window relatively untinted and block out just the UV rays.

Hiring the Right Janitorial Company

Today I want to give you some tips on choosing the right janitorial service for your business. There are many businesses that offer cleaning services but you always need to ask to see their qualifications. To be a true professional, the cleaner must have their building service worker certificate and like any other professional they must have the proper tools and equipment. To cover any damages or accidents you should always ask to see their liability insurance. To make sure you are satisfied with the job that is completed, make sure the company has a satisfaction guarantee. You will want to be able to call if there is an issue so the cleaner will come back to your location free of additional cost.

In the first weeks or months of service, put an extra close eye to the main problem areas in your office such as the bathroom, waste baskets, and carpets. Catching a company that cuts corners in the early months will save you a fortune in wasted funds allocated to commercial cleaning that could be switched over to a higher quality provider.

If you pick the right janitorial company you will see a noticeable increase in the overall look and feel of your work environment. This might seem like a non-essential item for a company, but a clean work space will make your employees take pride in their building and their jobs. When morale is high and employees value the space they come to every day, productivity is bound to increase. So don’t cut corners when looking to hire a professional janitorial service. As always, do the research and find the best company in your area.

What Makes a Great Electrical Contractor?

An expert electrician is trained to help with a number of household electrical tasks including but not limited to installing a thermostat, ceiling fan, light switch, circuit breaker, home theater system, track lighting, and even a door bell. But if you are looking for the right handyman to properly and safely complete electrical work around your home, do you know the right questions to ask? We are here to give you suggestions on out to find the best electrical contractor in Huntsville AL for your residential project.

Electrical contractor checklist

Not all electricians have the same experience, skills, and abilities. Before beginning your search make sure you have a clear understanding of all the work you are going to need performed. This way you can find the right individual to take on the job. Before hiring a professional electrical contractor, make sure you research and/or ask for the following information:

1.  Collect referrals from friends and even local business owners whose opinion you trust

2.  Check with your local Better Business Bureau and check for complaints

3.  Check the internet for reviews or any other background information you can find

4.  Verified that they are licensed and insured through an approved committee or board


It is also important to have a written and signed agreement from both parties so that that there is a clear and legally binding understanding of responsibility and liability. This improves your odds of a pleasant and successful experience with your electrical contractor. Make sure to have the following points covered in your signed agreement.

1.  Exact date of project completion and consequences should the project not be completed within the agreed upon time frame

2.  Detailed summary of all charges, costs, and fees and the date payment is due

3.  A detailed warranty that defines exactly what is covered and for how long (i.e. parts and labor)

4.  Defined expectation and responsibility of cleanliness for the structure, furnishings, and other items that is susceptible to damage or wear throughout the duration of the project.