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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
How to Sell Your Business
How to Sell Your Business - Tips For Selling Your California Business
Peter Siegel, MBA with the BizBen ProSell Program discusses the steps recommended to prepare a business for sale including cleaning and repairs, gathering paperwork and preparing an exit strategy. It emphasizes the importance of working with professionals and getting the right buyers interested.  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
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
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
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
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
Showing Your Business - Tips For Business Buyer Visits
Showing Your Business - Tips For Business Buyer Visits
Showing your business when selling is one of the most important steps in the sale process & how it is done will greatly effect the selling price. There are two areas to be concerned with, how the business looks & how you react to the prospective buyer. Bob Klein, business appraiser gives his views.  By Bob Klein   View All Bob Klein Blog Posts
Interpreting Reported Earnings
Interpreting Reported Earnings From Sellers
Peter Siegel, MBA Founder of BizBen and the BizBen ProBuy, ProSell Programs discusses interpreting reported earnings from sellers through tax returns, financial statements and other means when buying a small to mid-sized California small business.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
How To Advertise A Business For Sale
How To Advertise A Business For Sale Without Revealing Too Much
Knowing how to advertise a business for sale without revealing too much is an important skill for anyone who wants to find a buyer for a small or mid-sized California business at a good price. One caution about giving too much detail is that it might identify the company and ruin confidentiality.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
Selling A Business Online
Selling A Business Online - Common Mistakes To Avoid
Selling a business online, while often effective for finding the right buyer, is a strategy sellers need to execute correctly in order to be successful. That means avoiding the six common mistakes made by sellers. Peter Siegel, BizBen Founder talks about what it takes to effectively sell a business.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
Business Appraiser Discusses Business Sales Multiples
Business Appraiser Discusses Business Sales Multiples
There are multiples of gross sales, seller's discretionary earnings (SDE), earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT), earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA). Bob Klein discusses business sales multiples and how they relate to buying and selling California businesses.  By Bob Klein   View All Bob Klein 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
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
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
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
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
How To Plan Value Your Business For Sale
8 Tips To Maximize Your Businesses Value And Attract The Right Buyers
Many business owners fail to maximize their business' value because they don't have a proper strategy in place to do so. Failure to maximize your businesses value will make it harder to attract the most qualified buyers. Have a plan that ensures your business is as attractive & valuable as possible.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
Broker Cooperation Selling A Business
Before You Select A Business Broker - Do They Co-Broker?
To receive the fullest exposure for selling their business, small business owners should make sure their listing broker is co-operating with other business brokers and agents. Christina Lazuric a Southern California business broker discusses this topic.  By Christina Lazuric, CBI   View All Christina Lazuric, CBI Blog Posts
Telling Buyers About Unreported Income
Selling A Business: Telling Potential Business Buyers About Unreported Income
Should owners who offer a business for sale reveal to prospective buyers any income that is not recorded in the books? This is a controversial topic with arguments both for and against. Most business sales intermediaries believe if you don't pay tax on it, you can't claim it. Some sellers disagree.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts

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