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Before You Close the Deal

  You’re buying an existing business.  Congratulations! Before you close the deal, here are a few things to keep in mind: Buy the assets, not the business. Under no circumstances should you buy stock in a business. Instead, buy the assets of the business and form a separate company to act as the purchaser. There…

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Your Talents and Interests are Important

Buying an existing business represents less of a risk than starting a new business from scratch, but it’s important that you consider your talents and interests. Being honest about your skills and experience can help you make the right choice. Only you can determine the right business for your needs, but you’re going to be…

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Are You Ready?

Are you ready to be your own boss? Are you ready to get up in the morning and fight like a lion to make it happen? Are you ready to make no excuses and find solutions? Are you ready to feel like you are going to make it against all odds? Are you ready to…

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The Process: Buyers

Unless you are wealthy or some rich relative or friend is anxious to lend you money to embark on this new venture–owning and operating your own business–chances are good you’re going to need financing from a bank or financial institution. The very thought of going though the loan process probably runs off many, many budding…

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Equity Financing

Small businesses often need money. Equity financing can provide an infusion of cash and other advantages to businesses looking to grow. Equity financing is when you get cash from an investor in exchange for a share of the business. In other words, you’re selling a percentage of your business (think Shark Tank). There is no…

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Finding a Buyer for Your Business

Matching the right buyer with the right business is a painstaking, time-consuming process. Finding a buyer for your business (for now, assume you’ve completed all the necessary paperwork and physical tasks to show and sell your business) how will prospective buyers find out about the business? And, if they do, how can you be sure…

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DIY or Use a Broker?

When you drive through a residential area, you often see signs in the yard indicating a home is for sale. You might walk through a mall or business district and see space for rent, but it’s unlikely you’ll see a for sale sign. Business owners often don’t want their competition, their customers, or their employees…

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Understanding Cash Flow

Numbers Talk Honest and verifiable cash flow will greatly impact the sale price of a small business. Many small business buyers are first-time buyers coming out of corporate America. Their primary goal is to replace the income stream from their job (or former job). For these buyers, the owner’s cash flow represents their main decision…

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The Elements of Valuation

Accurately valuing a small business can be challenging for prospective business buyers, but it is an important part of the selling process that encompasses many factors. Cash Flow – In real estate, a buyer’s main focus is location. In business acquisitions, it is cash flow.  Small businesses are often priced using a multiple of cash…

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The Best Time to Sell

Deciding to sell your business is a big deal. In fact, it’s likely to be the biggest financial transaction in a small business owner’s life. Many business owners operate under the assumption that they will operate their business until retirement, but things can change.  Too often these changes come via unforeseen circumstances such as illness…

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