30 Top Selling Businesses in 2018 - Business Brokers | 1-800-Biz-Broker

One of the websites we use to promote our confidential business sales is BizBuySell.com BizBuySell is the closest tool in our arsenal for promoting the sale of a business that resembles the MLS for a Real Estate agent. Consequently, BizBuySell has tons of business sales data.

The table below shows the type of business sold, the number of businesses sold in 2018, the median sales price, and the cash flow multiple (average). The Cash Flow Multiple (average) is a great bit of information to have if you are valuing business as often as we do. The Cash Flow Multiple is a ratio of a business’ adjust earnings (I call it seller’s discretionary earnings) and the final sale price. So you can use this information to discover the value of your business. For example, if you own a restaurant that has adjusted earnings of $100,000 annually, you can expect it to sell for $208,000 (based on the cash flow multiple of 2.08)

The table below is sorted and edited from the full BizBuySell Insight report you can find here.

Business TypeNumber
of
Reported
Sales
Median
Sales
Price
Cash Flow
Multiple
(average)
Restaurants2195$180,0002.08
Other Service Businesses439$215,0001.99
Furniture and Furnishings
Stores
365$225,0002.46
Routes354$175,6922.02
Websites and Ecommerce
Businesses
353$475,0002.99
Bars, Pubs and Taverns343$255,0002.6
Liquor Stores301$332,5002.85
Gas Stations300$225,0002.56
Convenience Stores273$175,0002.35
Auto Repair and Service Shops268$277,5002.43
Hair Salons and Barber Shops213$99,0001.83
Other Retail Businesses196$200,0002.2
Coffee Shops and Cafes187$150,0002.14
Other Building and
Construction Businesses
180$450,0002.12
Ice Cream and Frozen
Yogurt Shops
175$135,0002.05
Dry Cleaners158$167,0002.27
Clothing and Accessory
Stores
121$177,5002.04
Landscaping and Yard
Service Businesses
106$174,0001.81
Other Health Care and
Fitness Businesses
103$294,5002.36
Cleaning Businesses97$236,0002.12
Day Care and Child Care
Centers
91$300,0003.43
Laundromats and Coin
Laundry Businesses
87$150,0002.83
Bakeries85$120,0001.79
Accounting Businesses and
Tax Practices
81$227,5002.03
HVAC Businesses75$420,0002.24
Durable Goods Wholesalers
and Distributors
73$609,0002.82
Other Entertainment and
Recreation Businesses
70$207,5002.65
Grocery Stores and
Supermarkets
66$465,0003.2
Home Health Care
Businesses
64$275,0002.4
Other Manufacturing
Businesses
63$1,250,0002.98

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