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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
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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
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Unreported Income Claims Business Buyer Beware
Unreported Income Claims - What Should A Business Buyer Do?
One of the most difficult challenges when purchasing a small business is expressed by this prospective buyer of a liquor store who is told by the seller that there is more money being made than shows up on the books. Should the buyer accept that statement and go ahead with the purchase?  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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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
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How To Create A Business Plan
How To Create A Business Plan For A Small Business
A business plan is a living document that should serve several purposes for your business. When you are buying a small business, a business plan will assist you in obtaining business purchase financing by showing lenders and investors how you plan to repay their loan by running a profitable company.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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Buying Or Selling A Restaurant Locations
Good Management Beats A Good Location When Buying A Restaurant
It's not just a good location when buying a restaurant. What makes a difference time and time again is the difference in management. Good management is the key to success. Jeff Back, restaurant sales specialist in the San Francisco Bay Area discusses this topic.  By Jeff Back   View All Jeff Back Blog Posts
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Tips For Buyers Of Gas Stations
How To Buy A Gas Station That Pumps Out Profits - Tips For Buyers
Most people who think they want to buy a gas station don't realize that finding the right business to own in this industry and determining its fair price pose more complex problems than buying a fast food franchise, retail store or most types of businesses. There are many variables to consider.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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Inventory And The Price For A Retail Related Business
Is Inventory Value Part Of, Or Added To The Price For A Retail Business?
A business buyer in the BizBen ProBuy Program asks how to handle the inventory amount in the purchase price of a business. Other questions answered in this article: Do you add the inventory value to the business value? Should the owner be expected to take back a note for the value of the inventory?  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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Buy A Business That Is Not For Sale
Buy A Business That Is Not For Sale - Strategies For Business Buyers
Approaching business owners directly to see if they want to sell can sometimes work well for business buyers searching to buy a business. Another way is to broadcast your search criteria via the BizBen ProBuy Program to all brokers, agents, and intermediaries who sell businesses in California.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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Purchase A Business With Limited Or No Cash
Purchase A Business With Limited Or No Cash - 5 Tips For Business Buyers
Trying to purchase a business with no money down is usually a waste of time if you want a good business. But leveraging into a business with a relatively small cash down payment can often be accomplished using some of these suggested strategies in this article on buying a business with limited cash.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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Using Retirement Plan Funds To Buy A Business
How To Use Retirement Plan Funds To Buy A Business
To understand the pros and cons of diverting funds from your retirement funds towards the purchase of a business, it is first necessary to brush up on some investment basics. Before approaching the issue of using retirement funds to buy a business, let's take a quick look at stocks and bonds.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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Buying A California Business Six Tips
Buying A California Small Business - 6 Important Items To Consider
Anyone who wants to know how to buy a business should understand how the market for small and mid-sized businesses has been rapidly changing. There are at least six "to do" practices that apply to the current market. Peter Siegel, BizBen.com Founder & the Director of the ProBuy Program explains.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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Using Rules Of Thumb To Value A California Small Business
Using Rules Of Thumb To Value A California Small Business
Many business buyers try to use a rule of thumb to value a business. This is a valuable tool but if you actually try to purchase a business based on it, you are sure to regret it later. Willard Michlin, CPA discusses rules of thumb issues when buying a California business.  By Willard Michlin   View All Willard Michlin Blog Posts
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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
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Due Diligence Strategies Explained By Willard Michlin, CPA
Should You Do Due Diligence Yourself When Buying A Business?
Willard Michlin, CPA, CFE chats about why you can do a large portion of the due diligence yourself, depending on your background, but you should never try to do it solely on your own. In this article he explores ways business buyers get themselves into trouble and avoiding trouble.  By Willard Michlin   View All Willard Michlin Blog Posts
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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
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Buy A Business For Sale
Getting Financing To Buy A Business For Sale - Four Ideas
Peter Siegel, MBA discusses buyers who want to buy a business for sale know about asking the seller to provide part of the financing with a carry-back note. Many business buyers need some cash to help fund the down payment and for working capital. Here are four ideas about how to get that money.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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How To Buy Smog Test Only Stations In California
Buying A Smog Shop - Expert Tips From Smog Shop Brokers And Agents
If you are looking at California smog shops with the idea of buying one in order to have your own business, you'll be pleased to know this type of company can be quite profitable if operated properly. To get the best return on your investment in this business, plan to work as the test technician.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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Buying An eCommerce Business
Buying An eCommerce Business: Finding Online Businesses That Work For You
When buying an eCommerce business several factors come into play: market position, competition, growth areas, recurring customer base factors and ratios, etc. On this BizBen blog post Peter Siegel, MBA (BizBen Director, Financing Expert) addresses some of these eCommerce factors for business buyers.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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Selling An Online eCommerce Business
Selling eCommerce Businesses: Tips For Online Website Business Owners
In an advanced, technologically savvy era, virtually anything can be done, purchased or explored via cyberspace. As the market continues to expand and flourish, eCommerce owners can continue to reap in the selling of their online businesses. Peter Siegel, MBA (BizBen Director) explores this topic.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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