Even with the strictest confidentiality, rumors of the sale of your business are sometimes unavoidable. In fact, rumors sometimes start about businesses that are truly not for sale. You should be prepared to answer the “Is your business for sale?” question in a truthful manner that will deflect the outbreak of rumors.
Light answers such as “They say everything is for sale at the right price” or “Sure, did you bring your checkbook?” may be enough to redirect the conversation. A more serious response may be “People have offered to buy my business over the years and sometimes that causes rumors.”
However you decide to handle this question, it is important to be prepared for it so that it doesn’t take you by surprise. A well rehearsed answer can spare you an uncomfortable moment in the future.