3 Tips to Keep in Mind When Merging With Another Business

If you’re a business owner, your primary goal (aside from providing your customers with quality service) may be to see your company grow. There are various ways you can potentially accomplish this goal.

In some cases, one way to help a business grow is by merging with another business. However, this can be a challenging process if you don’t have much experience with mergers and acquisitions.

Thus, if you anticipate merging with another company in the near future, you can ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible by keeping certain basic tips in mind. They include the following:

Define Your Goals

A merger can be difficult not only for a business owner, but for numerous other employees. People are often very protective of their brands and businesses. Some fear that merging with another business will have unanticipated negative side effects.

This is one of many reasons it’s critical to define what your goals are when preparing for a merger. If you can clearly state why merging with another business will benefit yours, the odds of everyone being on board with the decision will be much greater. Defining your goals will also help you more accurately identify new partners with whom you should merge if you haven’t done so already.

Choose Your Transition Team Members Carefully

It’s very wise to establish a transition team to facilitate a merger. This team can help during a merger in a number of ways.

Some of the duties of a transition team may involve basic practical tasks. For example, a transition team might be responsible for ensuring that employees from both companies know how to use the various tools that their day-to-day duties may involve.

Other responsibilities of a transition team might be more linked to sustaining enthusiasm for a merger. Again, mergers can promote concern among members of a workforce. A transition team can help relay important information about a merger to employees at all levels throughout the process. Ideally, they will do so in a manner that consistently reminds everyone why this merger is a good idea.

Clearly Document Your Progress

When you merge with another company, there’s a high likelihood that other members of said company will now be involved in helping you complete various projects. That means they need to know how far along you are in these projects.

You probably already track your progress in certain ways. However, because you’re familiar with your tracking systems, you might use shorthands that won’t be particularly easy to understand for those who are just starting to work on these projects without any previous experience at your company.

Evaluate the degree to which your documentation regarding project status may or may not be understandable to someone who has not been involved in a project or even worked in your business yet.

Make adjustments to ensure everything pertaining to project status is as clear as possible to a newcomer. Doing so will help you avoid the inefficiencies that can sometimes result from working with new team members and partners who don’t know much about your systems and processes.

Of course, what’s most important is that you thoroughly research a potential new partner before deciding to enter into a merger with them. Remember, your main goal is to merge with another company because doing so will be mutually beneficial. You’re more likely to achieve this goal if you perform your due diligence.

Larry Alton Larry Alton is an independent business consultant specializing in social media trends, business, and entrepreneurship. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.