The following is an excerpt from https://www.divestopedia.com/avoiding-the-biggest-deal-killer-time/2/4645 .
When selling a business, time is not your friend. Time is the enemy of all deals. In fact, “time wounds all deals” is an expression that can be associated with a number of different industries, but is especially relevant to business acquisitions. So, the key to a successful deal is to prepare well, come out strong and maintain momentum throughout the business sale process. The deal clock is set in motion as soon as your company hits the business-for-sale market, not later in the process when a buyer presents the first offer.
So, to generate deal momentum, a business owner should be ready for the trip to the marketplace before the train leaves the station. This means organize your documentation and vet potential roadblocks that can derail or delay reaching the done-deal destination.
Don’t let time work against you. Ready up with these 14 karats of knowledge so when the sale train does leave the station, it will have the momentum necessary to reach a timely closing: