• Transistion of a relocatable business

    Yes, issues related to transition would make for interesting reading. Taking over the staff, taking over the hosting, taking over existing contracts...there's a lot there.
    I cannot speak for any other high value website brokers, but we typically sell websites that have very little moving parts. Even if they can sell for $1 million, it does not mean that there is a ton of stuff involved in transferring the site over. We typically see one individual who hits the jackpot on an idea and has been operating a site solo or with simply one webmaster and makes over $500K per year. The ones that have moving parts like an office space, numerous employees, complicated outstanding contracts, etc, are more brick and mortar and we tend to stay away from those. It's all about finding webmasters who have relocatable businesses.

    With respect to transition of relocatable businesses, it is fairly simple:

    1) For hosting, the buyer either sets up a new hosting account with the same provider or already has a host that can handle the site purchase.
    2) For merchant accounts and affiliate accounts it really depends on the specific accounts. Accounts like commission junction and clickbank can usually just be taken over under the new owner's name. Paypal accounts typically cannot be done that way so the new owner sets up a new account.
    3) Outstanding contracts are typically negotiated in the sale. There are so many types of contracts, it is difficult to provide a set way to do things for transition. For an SEO service contract as an example, they are typically 6 month to one year agreements and we usually have the SEO company draft up a new agreement with the new buyer for the remainder of the initial agreement with the seller.
    4) Domain transfer is the exact same whether you have a million dollar site or a one dollar site. Ideally the buyer signs up with the same registrar as the seller to make for an even easier transition.
    5) Employees. If there is a webmaster or content updater or a network of mommy bloggers, they typically work on a month by month basis or a piece work basis. In either instance, the new owner either upholds the current agreements or renegotiates new terms and hopes the employees/contract workers are OK with it. If not, the new owner simply finds new staff to handle the tasks.

    Every transition is going to be slightly different, but these are the main things that come up.

    Can anyone think of other items that need to get transferred over when selling a million dollar website?
    This article was originally published in forum thread: $1,000,000 and above sites started by Clinton View original post