Originally Posted by Saul Good
I will value the brand identity of a sixth month old unprofitable business at $0.25 (give or take $0.25). Figure out what the hard assets are worth and offer half (or less if you want to stick it to them. It's not like they can likely take these assets with them or sell them to someone else for much.)
I agree with this and with Hoover's assessment.
Your wife is the creative talent and the brains of the operation, the other partner is a clerk.
At 6 months, if the store front isn't opened and you don't have brand identity the business isn't worth anything.
That can be very frustrating to hear as a person whom has sunken significant finance, time, heart and soul into a business venture. I was approached about my company a couple of times around my 3rd year and when it came to pricing, the comment was "what is this business worth if you die tomorrow". Were my clients and contracts loyal to ME or to my brand name?
A rough question, but if your wife is the brains and the creative talent, would the business have any wholesale value if something terrible happened to her? Would there be anything more to sell than the office supplies and start up materials?
If so....the value of the business to me is the cost of what those items would bring.
If they're peckerheads about it, shut the door, fire up a new LLC and switch over what you have to that Brand.