Buying a business is, in at least one respect, like buying a house -- you can learn a lot by looking at the comparables. The tables below tell you what businesses are selling for in 141 industries. For each industry, the tables note the number of businesses sold in the survey period and the median annual revenue and sale price. The line graphs to the right show each category's sale price range, from low to high; the diamond in the middle marks the median sale price. That makes it easy to compare price ranges among industries. On the tables' far right are six valuation multiples for each industry; in each case, we've highlighted the three most relevant (four in the case of ties), given the transactions in that industry.
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, North Carolina.