In addition to using a business broker, there are specific steps you can take to increase the chance of a successful closing.
Know why you want to sell your business. Before placing your business for sale, it is important that you both know why you want to sell your business and that you are certain about this decision.
Have a plan for what you will do following the closing.
Make sure important parties are on board. The time to discuss the sale of your business, as well as future plans, with partners, spouses, children and other involved parties is before you list.
Communicate to your outside advisors that you want the deal to work.
Choose your battles. Both buyers and sellers need to be willing to compromise. It is helpful to consider in advance the areas that are most important to you so you can come to the table with a willingness to compromise in other areas.