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Determine Whether Business Buyer Is Sincere
How To Determine Whether The Buyer For Your Business For Sale Is Sincere
A problem owners encounter when offering a California business for sale is that not all so-called buyers are qualified to make the purchase. It's frustrating and costly to waste time showing non-qualified buyers the business. Here are ways to identify time wasters so the focus is on real buyers.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
Qualifying Business Buyers
Qualifying Business Buyers: Top Business Broker Discusses Top Strategies
Lee Petsas, a Southern California business broker addresses how he handles potential business buyers when they request information on a business for sale listing. He gives his strategies and tips for handling and directing business buyer inquiries.  By Lee Petsas   View All Lee Petsas Blog Posts
Structuring An Earn Out
Earn Outs - Latest Feedback, Structuring An Earn Out
Using an earn out can benefit both buyer & seller of a business purchase. A recent question by a buyer in the BizBen ProBuy Program about the best way to structure a business earn out prompted me to ask a panel of BizBen Resources how they would deal with the buyers question on earn out structures.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
Possible Lies When Buying A Business
6 Possible Untruths Told To Business Buyers When Buying A Small Business
Even without meaning to be dishonest, sellers or brokers talking to someone who wants to buy a small business often make statements that are not true. And sometimes what is said is known to be a lie. The buyer is smart to carefully evaluate what they hear - six untrue statements sometimes told.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
Top 5 Industries Of The Future For Business Buyers
Top 5 Industries Of The Future For Business Buyers Of Small Businesses
To be successful in buying a small business you must be able to look objectively at the company and determine whether or not it is a business that will be able to grow into the future. The key to long term survival is when a business is able to change and grow along with the needs of their consumer.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
Checklist When Selling A California Small Business
Selling A California Small Business? This Checklist Will Determine Your Success
When selling a California business, owners should use our salability checklist to determine whether the effort will be successful. Ten factors must be considered to properly prepare a business for sale. Three of the factors account for more than 50% probability of achieving success in selling!  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
Potential Worst Word In Business Sales
Potential: One Of The Most Harmful Words In Business Sales
Without question, it's one of the most misused and abused words in business sales. There are few among us who haven't been completely annoyed by proclamations about the POTENTIAL of a business that's on the market. Brian Loring, a Los Angeles County Business Broker chats about this misused term.  By Brian Loring, CBB   View All Brian Loring, CBB Blog Posts
Selling A California Business
Selling A California Business - 13 Crucial Steps
Only 30% of all California Businesses for sale that are put on the market overall are sold! A surprising statistic to most business owners, agents, and brokers trying to sell a California business! If however you follow the strategies below (from the BizBen ProSell Program) you should see success!  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
Due Diligence When Buying A Coin Laundry
Due Diligence - Buyers Role When Buying A Coin Laundry
What is the extent of the buyer's obligation to investigate a business before purchasing it? Chuck Post a specialist in assisting buyers and sellers with coin laundries in California explores his views on laundry due-diligence.  By Chuck Post   View All Chuck Post Blog Posts
Buying a Smog Test Only Shop
Buying a Smog Test Only Shop? 10 Big Questions To Ask
Thinking of buying a smog test only shop? Know the 10 big questions before proceeding. Willard Michlin, CPA and Due-Diligence Expert/Consultant explains what you need to know about buying and selling California smog test shops before actually buying one.  By Willard Michlin   View All Willard Michlin Blog Posts
Auto Franchise Or Open My Own Shop
Should I Buy An Automotive Franchise Or Open My Own Shop? 7 Things To Consider
Brian Loring discusses auto franchises and whether buying a national brand is worth the expense or not when you purchase an automotive franchise. Brian explains that it depends greatly on the financial, emotional and geographic position of the potential franchisee and many other factors.  By Brian Loring, CBB   View All Brian Loring, CBB Blog Posts
Agents To Sell Business Listings
Should Owners Hire Agents To Sell Business Listings?
Owners often ask agents to sell business offerings for them. It's usually more difficult than selling houses when working to find a buyer for a business, to satisfy contingencies and close escrow. Business sales intermediaries either agents or brokers may want large fees, but often are worth it.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
Know About Dual Agents In Buying A Business
What You Should Know About Dual Agents In Buying A Business
Should brokers and agents be allowed to represent both the buyer and seller in a transaction? Doesn't California civil code require that when there is only one agent in a deal, that the agent is required to be a dual agent? These are the questions that I would like to address in this article.  By Willard Michlin   View All Willard Michlin Blog Posts
How To Find The Right Southern California Coin Laundry
How To Find The Right Southern California Coin Laundry - A Buyers Guide
The coin laundry industry is nearly 50 years old and most laundries are operated by individual owners. Mike Hurrell with Golden State Laundry Systems discusses how to buy a coin laundry. Topics include financing a coin laundry, what to look for, what types of laundries are available in Southern CA.  By Mike Hurrell   View All Mike Hurrell Blog Posts
Due Diligence When Buying A Dry Cleaning Business
Case Study: Key Items To Watch Out For When Buying A Dry Cleaning Business
This is a case study of one of his diligence assignments regarding a dry cleaners for sale in Los Angeles County, California. Willard Michlin, CPA discusses a recent due diligence assignment for a business buyer and what mistakes and miscues many of the participants in this transaction / deal made.  By Willard Michlin   View All Willard Michlin Blog Posts
Do Not Make It Hard To Buy Your Business
Owners - Do Not Make It Hard To Buy Your Business
Successful business sellers need a game plan to sell their California small business for maximum price and for the best terms. Peter Siegel, MBA discusses these strategies with BizBen Blog readers.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
Seller Financing 3 Items To Consider
Seller Financing: Terms To Negotiate If You Buy A Business
The idea to buy a business with seller financing is clearly understood by most people whose career move is to purchase their own company. But not everyone knows how to structure a deal with the seller carrying back part of the price. Be prepared for three situations when negotiating your purchase.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
Structuring Owner Carry Notes When Selling A Business
Structuring Owner Carry Notes When Selling A Business
Due to the current state of the credit markets and bank financing, seller financing when selling a California small business is more important then ever in a business sale. Lee Petsas, Southern California business broker walks us through the nuances of owner carry notes - seller financing.  By Lee Petsas   View All Lee Petsas Blog Posts
Business Appraisal Common Sense Business Valuations
Creating An Accurate Business Appraisal
Appraising businesses accurately is not an easy task. There are many different methods that can be used along with variations for the purpose of the appraisal. None of these methods, by its self addresses the total value of a business. Business appraiser Bob Klein explains his views and experiences.  By Bob Klein   View All Bob Klein Blog Posts
Business Buyers Biggest Mistakes
What Are Business Buyers Biggest Mistakes? We Examine The Most Common
A potential business buyer in our ProBuy Program searching to buy a California business asked me to sum up what I though the biggest mistakes business buyers make when they searched and bought a business. I asked several BizBen resources their thoughts on the matter and received a diverse response.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts

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