There are only two basic types of business: Corn Framing and Apple Farming.
Corn Farming (non-equity businesses): Every spring you look out at your acreage. What do you see? Barren earth! Every year you have to recreate at least 95% of the same work to earn a living. Every day you do not “go to work” you lose money.
Some examples of non-equity businesses: Contractor, restaurant, accountant, lawyer, printer, doctor.
Apple Farming (equity businesses): Every spring you look out at your acreage. What do you see? Trees with blossoms! Every year you only have to prune and fertilize the existing trees. If you miss a day of work here and there, no big deal.
Some examples of equity businesses: Publishing, author, income property investing.
Plan for the Future
Equity businesses typically sell for 7 to 8 times annual net + assets – liabilities.Non-equity businesses typically sell for 1 to 3 times annual net + assets – liabilities.