Exiting Tips from a Recent Amazon Seller

Christian selling

To listen to the full video interview, click here.

This week, we’re talking with Christian, who recently sold his Amazon business. As a valued bookskeep client, we have followed Christian through this process and have been there to help make sure his numbers were accurate and complete—a must-have when working with prospective buyers!

Christian shares great insight and important tips he learned from his experience with the selling process. Listen to a snippet of what he shares with us:

Here’s a excerpt from the video:

bookskeep: Is it currently a Seller’s Market?

Christian: Right now, it’s certainly a sellers’ market and I think it has been for a minute. And I think that is going to continue a little bit.

bookskeep: Who is doing the buying?

Christian: What I know that’s happening is that these aggregator businesses are popping up everywhere. Buyers of Amazon businesses or just ecommerce businesses in general are popping up everywhere.

bookskeep: If I am selling, who do I need to help me?

Christian: Well, think about selling your business. You need to start thinking about who is going to be in your corner. And I think that was the first thing I did. I was approached last year by an aggregator, maybe a cold offer. And I had the good sense to basically say no to them. And that started me thinking about, well, if I’m going to sell the business, this is most likely going to be the biggest wealth transfer of my life. So, number one—that’s obviously your bookkeeper. I think nothing really runs in your business, whether you’re selling or not, without having confidence in your numbers. You should have a CPA or a tax lawyer or a tax professional to give you a good understanding sort of the tax implications that a sale may have.

Another big part of the puzzle was having a lawyer that is experienced and that has done a number of these kinds of actions before.

bookskeep: Know and understand your numbers!

Christian: So, like I mentioned, I was approached by an aggregator late last year and they have made me an offer and knowing my numbers at that time, I could immediately tell them, you know what, I’m not just making this up, but this offer is too low. I know what I have in my business. I know my margins, I know my revenue, but this offer is not going to cut it. So, without negotiating with them at all, after just me telling them, no, they came back immediately and made a much better offer, which I still declined because I knew my numbers had more in them, even.

To listen to the full video interview, click here.

We appreciate Christian sharing with us and we wish him all the best!

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Post Author Cyndi Thomason

Cyndi Thomason

Cyndi Thomason is founder and president of bookskeep, a U.S.-based accounting, bookkeeping, and advisory firm for ecommerce sellers worldwide. She has a passion for data analysis and process development. She uses that passion to educate her clients and help them structure their businesses to maximize profits.

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