Use this work sheet to get a rough estimate of what your business might fetch in today's market. First, find your industry in the preceding tables and note the three best valuation multiples. Enter those figures into the appropriate boxes in the Multiple Value column below. Next, insert the appropriate financial information in the corresponding boxes in the middle column. (This may require some help from your accountant or CFO.) In all three cases, multiply the dollar figure by the multiple and enter the sum in the far right column. Average the figures -- and there's your number. This will be a very rough estimate, but a useful starting point.
Darren Dahl is a contributing editor at Inc. Magazine, which he has written for since 2004. He also works as a collaborative writer and editor and has partnered with several high-profile authors. Dahl lives in Asheville, NC.