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Whether or not you have plans to sell your business in the future, there are a number of strategies you can employ to maximize its value and improve its financial standing.

Here are five ways to help your business stand out from the crowd and make it more valuable, regardless of the economic climate.

Strong Management Team

A great business model should include a high-quality management team. Companies without multiple people capable of making important decisions are less likely to reach their potential and be able to react quickly to changes in the market brought on by a number of factors. Ensure your company can run efficiently without your daily involvement by having quality next-level managers.

A Diverse Customer Base

Ideally, your largest client should account for less than 15 percent of your revenue. Diversifying your customers helps protect your company in the loss of a major client. Potential buyers may fear losing such a revenue source if the business is sold.

Unique product and services

A thriving business must distinguish itself from competitors with a proprietary product or service that is difficult for competitors to duplicate. Can people identify what makes your company different from others? Offering unique products and services protects your business in different economic climates.

Financial documentation

Many companies do not have thorough and reliable financial information and do not want to spend the money on an audit. Strong financial records hold credibility with potential buyers, not to mention bankers, financing sources and insurance companies.   These tools can help you accurately project future revenues and expenses and plan for the financial health of your business in the future, as well as plan for the ideal time to sell the business if that is something being considered.

Professional advice

Use the services of an accounting and law firm to help you grow your business while avoiding financial mistakes that can have long-lasting consequences. Similarly, using a real estate broker will help you get the most bang for your buck in a property purchase and calculate space needed for future growth.