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10 Things to Investigate When Buying A BusinessDue Diligence Checklists - 10 Things To Investigate When Buying A Business

Posted By: Peter Siegel MBA: BizBen Founder, Lead Advisor.   Buying a California business involves reviewing due diligence checklists so buyers can learn enough to determine whether to proceed with a deal. Here's a due diligence checklist of the items a buyer should request for review, and sellers should plan to make available for a serious purchaser.
Pricing A Small Business For SalePricing A Small Business For Sale - Several Key Factors Play A Role!

Posted By: Peter Siegel MBA: BizBen Founder, Lead Advisor.   As an Advisor On BizBen I talk to many California business owners, business buyers, brokers, and agents on a daily basis about valuing California small to mid-sized businesses. Many key factors go into this analysis including market demand, history of earnings, and even how the deal is structured.
Buying A Beauty Supply ShopTips On Buying A Beauty Supply Shop

Posted By: Peter Siegel MBA: BizBen Founder, Lead Advisor.   California business buyers considering buying a beauty supply shop may want to read this article about how to buy a small to mid-sized beauty supply business. Article discusses who the target market is, the importance of trendy inventory, and product knowledge. It concludes with an industry outlook.
Absentee Run Businesses Myth Or Reality?Absentee Run Businesses - Myth Or Reality When Buying A Small Business?

Posted By: Peter Siegel MBA: BizBen Founder, Lead Advisor.   Buyers search for an absentee business, wanting to collect profits generated by a successful enterprise without having to stand at the sales counter or cash register, without having to cook, operate equipment or talk to customers. Peter Siegel, MBA offers his intake on absentee run businesses.
Seller Financing 3 Items To ConsiderSeller Financing: Terms To Negotiate If You Buy A Business

Posted By: Peter Siegel MBA: BizBen Founder, Lead Advisor.   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.
Business Purchase Financing TeleSeminarBizBen Podcast & Webinar: Business Purchase Financing, SBA Loan Options

Posted By: Peter Siegel MBA: BizBen Founder, Lead Advisor.   Ever wonder what is involved in obtaining business purchase financing when buying a business? Peter Siegel, MBA BizBen Founder and ProBuy & ProSell Programs Lead Facilitator addresses this topic on this BizBen podcast and answers business buyers, sellers, & brokers questions regarding financing.
Getting Your Laundromat Ready For SaleIncreasing Your Laundry Business, Getting Your Laundromat Ready For Sale

Posted By: Steve Erlinger, Laundry Broker/Consultant: Southern CA.   Steve Erlinger, a laundry specialist broker discusses what successful laundry owners do to increase business. Explaining that running a laundromat is a simple business, but it's not easy - Steve gives tips and details about how to get your laundromat in top shape and ready to sell for top dollar!
3 Recycling Businesses To Take A Look AtRecycling Services: 3 Businesses That Will Turn Old Stuff Into New Money

Posted By: Peter Siegel MBA: BizBen Founder, Lead Advisor.   People think of recycling and think of a facility that recycles trash. While this is true a large facility is expensive to open and operate. With that said, in this post, I will focus on 3 small business opportunities in the recycling industry that are more manageable for the average entrepreneur.
Future Of Laundry SalesLaundromat Expert Discusses: What Is The Future Of The Laundry Business?

Posted By: Chuck Post: Laundry Specialist, Consultant, Due-Diligence.   The answer is that success lies in the control of the Laundry Operator who is willing to address the questions and make the modifications to better service today's service conscious customers. For those that pay attention and take action the future looks better than ever.
Gas Station 5 Risks BuyingHow To Buy Gas Station Businesses: Top Five Risks

Posted By: Peter Siegel MBA: BizBen Founder, Lead Advisor.   Those seeking to buy gas station business opportunities need to know about five factors that can make this purchase particularly risky compared to other businesses.

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Sellers Discretionary Cash Add Backs Add Backs: Defining Sellers Discretionary Cash When Buying A Small Business

The use of add backs & sellers discretionary cash is common among sellers of businesses when showing their financial information & explaining that the buyer will actually enjoy more profit than is shown. But buyers are cautioned to review documents closely. Peter Siegel, MBA with BizBen explains.