When it comes time to sell your small business there are traditionally 4 methods of paying the sale price … cash, bank loan, private loan, seller loan. Often times, the sale involves a combination of 2 or more of these methods. If you are the seller, you typically want to get paid in full at the time of the sale, whether its cash, a bank loan, a private loan, or any combination of those 3. If you do seller financing, you want to make sure that you have some type of security to protect you and insure that you get paid the money you are owed. There are many ways to secure your interests, however, the proper security will depend on the buyer, as well as the transaction.