How does one go about selling a hosting company? Is there a service available that would guaranty anonymity, confidentiality and a secure funds transfer? This company is well established with several different domains, years of online presence and is very profitable.
I'm going under the assumption you're running a co-location outfit here, but look at the other hosts in your DC. Perhaps those a bit larger than you. If there's a pre-existing business relationship there, it makes things a lot easier and faster than simply a seller hunting down a buyer.
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anonuser88212, is that figure your earnings or revenue? If it's earnings, you shouldn't have any trouble getting something in the high $XXXk. If that's revenue, you're about right with your target in the middle. I used to know a broker who did this, but I cannot recall his name at the moment. I believe he may have used to advertise in TheWHIR, so you might want to check an old issue and see what you can find. Good luck with your sale!
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Thank you for the information and comments, I am taking notes as we go.
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We sold a hosting company a couple of years ago for around what you're looking to get for yours. Hire an attorney that is knowledgable in matters dealing with the internet. That's one of the things I wish we had done differently and would have saved some hassle all around.
Also, make sure you go through escrow for the money exchange and if you take payments from the buyer...make sure you have a VERY clear contract stating what happens if the buyer defaults. I would make them put up some collateral. Remember, if the buyer runs the company into the ground and doesn't pay you - taking back the clients (if any are left) isn't going to do you much good.
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