Starting a business is an exciting and potentially rewarding venture. Buying a business can also be an exciting and rewarding venture. If one wants to be an Entrepreneur or Small Business Owner what route does one take?. Is it best for you to start your own business. Is it best to buy an existing business. Or as in some cases (as in my business career) are you involved with both starting a business and then at some point buying a complimentary business or similar business(s) to add on to the business that you had started.
I am in the business of helping business owners and individuals buy and sell businesses. I interact with both a lot of potential buyers and potential sellers . Understanding the key points below that outline some information regarding the future sale of your business, or if opportunity presents itself buying a business may benefit your situation:
1. ALL business owners are probable future business sellers
We all need some “exit strategy” from our business. Selling ones business for a nice gain is one of the more appealing exits from a business that exist. Prepare in advance for that fact. Also know and understand the value of what may be your largest asset- your business. Even if you are not plannining on selling your business- it makes business sense to know what the value of your largest asset actually Is. On my website www.sellabusinessflorida.com we list 1000’s of businesses for sale. On this site one could locate “like’ businesses and use this information to approximate the value of their own business. But please keep in mind all businesses are different, but this would be a starting point to ballpark valuation.
2. Not all businesses that try to sell actually sell
Homes are bought and sold all the time. Some homes take much longer to sell than others (especially here in the South Florida market). But ultimately most all homes do sell. The same is not the case for all businesses that attempt to sell. The process of selling a business can be a long process, and that process does not always end with an executed contract and or sales agreement .
3. Most people that say they want to buy a business don’t buy a business
Industry statistic regarding this fact vary, but the numbers may be as high as 9 out of 10 peoplethat actively pursue acquiring a business, talk to business owners about selling their business, and engage in some form of due diligence don’t buy a business. The reasons vary and go beyond the scope of this post, but money “surprisingly” is a determining factor in not having a potential business buyer buy a business.
4. If you have started your own business and are looking at ways to boost sales, buying another like business is a very viable growth business concept
Eliminate the thought that buying a business means $100,000- $5,000,000+ deals. It can be as simple as buying an online web store for $200 that is a perfect fit and the additional traffic that it can drive to you is extremely beneficial. – Eliminate the thought that you need to have big piles of cash and the person selling their business is walking away with an all cash deal. MOST businesses sold today involve seller financing. The seller has both a vested interest in your success, and the seller is eliminating the need for you to go to a bank to finance the acquisition of the business. The seller is your bank. The seller understands their business and the likelihood of your success with their business, very often better than a banker would.
If you have started a business and need to “boost sales” and not sure how to gain additional customers or sales, buying a business that may be a competitor or a complimentary product of service can be an effective strategy. If you are thinking of starting a business, and want to “jump start” your effort buying a small business that you can build on and mold into your own is also a very viable strategy.
Thinking of buying a business? Will you be that 1 out of 10 that actually goes forward and makes that goal a reality.
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