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Is the Price Fair?

The bottom line is that a fair price for a business is the amount the seller is willing to take and the buyer is willing to pay.   But before that point is reached in negotiations, buyers want to feel comfortable that the asking price is fair.  The best way to do that is to…

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Preparation is Key When You Exit Your Business

There are many things that come into play–both emotional and financial–when you decide it’s time to exit your business. While the money received from the sale of your business can be life changing, make sure you’ve planned for the next phase of your life. Owners are deeply engaged in their businesses. They have invested a lot…

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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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