Selling an Online on E-Commerce Business – step by step

Selling your Online or E-Commerce business?

The market for online and E-commerce business has grown into a mature and fully-fledged sector in its own right.

By contrast with just a few years ago, buyers - and their banks - are willing to apply the usual rules of appraisal and valuation to business that don't need bricks and mortar. Many buyers are even more attracted to a business that can be run with low overheads.

If you have an established Amazon or EBay shop, or other online or e-commerce business you will find there is a ready market of buyers.

It is important to be able to demonstrate that future business can maintain the figures you have built up. If you're selling a specialist product, the most likely buyers will be people who already have some knowledge of the sector. Such buyers may view the value to them as focused on the reputation you have built up, your supply lines and your customer lists.

Our valuers have handled many such sales and can give you good advice on presentation, as well as the price-tag you should put on your business. They are known for honest and realistic valuations, and this will help you in moving smoothly to a successful sale.

Our agents are familiar with the business and understand what prospective buyers will want to know, and with how their bank will approach a valuation for financing.

Get started

Contact us with your details (using the form opposite).We'll call you for basic business information, and arrange a proper appraisal and valuation of your business. We will need to go over your books.

For smaller businesses there is no charge for this service.

Before we begin to market your business we will agree with you on a proper and realistic value for your business - one that we honestly feel we will be able to achieve.

Sadly, less ethical agents make a habit of giving inflated valuations just to sign up clients, and collect big upfront fees.

We don't operate that way. Our appraisals are realistic, based on the facts and figures that any buyer will demand. Our sign-up fees are modest. There are no 'add-on' fees.

We make our profit when your sale goes through, so we share your motivation for a good and timely outcome.

Our contract with you is simply written and straightforward. It fits on one sheet of paper. There's no small print.

It appoints us as your sole agent for a given period, usually six months. If a buyer is found in that period, you agree to pay us a percentage of the sale value as commission, when the sale is completed.

Our promotion is done through our state of the art digital platform, matching thousands of buyers with sellers.

We promote your extensively to our own database, through the regular 'Business for Sale' channels and websites, and with social media.

All brochures, colour photography and advertising included in our initial fee.

Once we've started marketing your business, you'll want to know how it's going.

We provide regular updates on our actions, and on the level of interest and response we get. You'll also be made to feel welcome if you want to call us and check.

Just like a house sale, the final details can become frustratingly slow.

We'll do everything we can to predict what questions might come up from the solicitors or lenders, or landlord, or accountant. We'll ask you for documentation in advance if we think it might be needed. We'll also call the lawyers if they start to drag their feet.

Only on completion, when the solicitors release your funds, is our commission paid. By that time, we hope you'll be enjoying a quiet celebration