Financial Documents can be confusing even to someone with experience in reading them. When buying a business you should source a broker, accountant, or other experienced Financial Advisor to better understand them.
Buying a Business Newsletter - 2019 Archive
There are thousands of questions one could ask when buying a business. But they all come down to basic categories such as: earnings over time, stability of employees, and customer and vendor relationships.
A good place to start when buying a business is to reflect on your own motivations, lifestyle needs, and what drives your energy. A business that ticks all the boxes for you will be much less of a challenge.
Valuing a business considers many factors, and simple rules of thumb are not reliable. Seek experienced help to understand the value of the business you may be looking at.
When growth through acquisition is your strategy, make sure there's good alignment between your current business and your target.
The negotiating and deal term experience of a broker can help you avoid a number of landmines and shortcut the process of buying a business.
Buying a business is a little like courtship. The deeper you understand each other the harder it is for little imperfections to end it.
While analysis paralysis is not a great recipe for successful decision making, a prospective buyer should never fail to ask enough questions to understand the business; and the seller's motivations.
If you don't like the kind of business you are looking at and it doesn't excite you, no amount of profitability and financial soundness will overcome that.
Want to spend a bunch of money and wait several years to get it back? Start a business. Want to spend a bunch of money and see an immediate return? Buy one.
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