Not all businesses begin with the same intentions or fiscal goals, and few end up where they originally aimed. Although these uncertainties might sound scary, they don’t need to be. The truth is that businesses can be functional for years without ever being ready to be sold — even if that always was the end goal! This disconnect can negate years of hard work and planning. The last thing you want is for the big offer to finally be on the table, only to find your team and systems unprepared for the acquisition process. Positioning your business intelligently will save you from future headaches and potentially net you a hefty pay-out as well. By preparing yourself years in advance for possibilities, like an enticing acquisition or merger, you can rest easier at night knowing you’re ready for any opportunities that may arise. Read more at Inc.