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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.

Selling Your Business Note

There are companies who specialize in purchasing Business Notes (of course at a discount). You can sell all or part of your note. Peter Siegel, MBA BizBen Founder and ProBuy & ProSell Lead discusses this entire process in his latest article on selling your business note after you sell your business.

Landlord Issues Selling A Business

As a business broker, one of the most difficult parts of my job is dealing with landlords. Orange County is synonymous for unscrupulous landlords, and complicated, one sided leases. Christina Lazuric an Orange County Business Broker discusses dealing with landlords.

Five Myths About Selling A Business

There are many myths associated with the process of selling a small business and some of them can actually cause deals to fall through. Don't let your sale be compromised, be aware of these common misconceptions related to the process of selling. Peter Siegel, MBA with BizBen explores this topic.

Seller Financing 3 Items To Consider

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.

Telling Buyers About Unreported Income

Telling potential business buyers about unreported income could come back and bite you if not careful. It's best to be honest when dealing with business buyers but you should also highlight what's reported in the tax returns and what cash may be seen "between the lines".

When To Sell Your Business
When To Sell Your Business
BizBen ProSell Program

Selling a small to mid-sized business in can be a difficult process for owners and intermediaries. Statistics show that over 70% of all owner / sellers never end up selling their small to mid-sized business. That is why we initiated the BizBen ProSell Program for business owners & intermediaries.

Selling A California Business Successfully

Only 30% of all small 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 small business! If however you follow the strategies (BizBen Protocol Method) in this blog post you should see success!

Pricing A Small Business For Sale

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.

Unreported Cash Problems For Buyers

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 by the seller & go ahead with the purchase?

Possible Lies When Buying A 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.

10 Questions Buying A Business

Being an Entrepreneur has its perks, it can also be challenging. You need to make sure you're ready for the challenge. Here's a list of 10 important questions to get you started when buying a business. Peter Siegel, MBA (BizBen Founder) reviews this topic for business buyers of small businesses.

Back Up Offers Crucial When Buying Or Selling
Back Up Offers Crucial When Buying Or Selling
Alternative Financing To Buy A Small Business

Throughout the recession, it was very difficult to get approved for business purchase financing. If you are considering incorporating some alternative funding sources in your next small business acquisition, here is what you need to know to protect yourself and your investment.

High Purchase Prices Tank Deals

The unfortunate truth is that approximately 50% of all small business sales transactions fall through. While failed transactions can happen for a variety of reasons, Peter Siegel, MBA (BizBen Founder & Lead Advisor) discusses the most common reason deals fall through; unrealistic asking prices.

Seller Mistakes Can Tank A Deal

Let's be honest, typically it takes a while (6 months to a year) to sell a business, from listing to close of escrow, and so it's common that many sellers are anxious as the close of escrow nears with a buyer. Joe Ranieri (Business Broker) examines common seller mistakes owners should stay clear of.

Allocation Of The Purchase Price

There are a handful of key asset categories in allocating or breaking down the purchase price allocation of a business sale. The allocation is required to complete the transaction. Lee Petsas, a Southern California business broker reviews this topic in detail for buyers and sellers of businesses.

Deposits With Purchase Agreements

Lee Petsas, a Southern California business broker explores: How much consideration should I give as deposit? Are Deposits refundable and when? Cashing deposits & opening escrow, Return of deposit to buyer, Why do we take a deposit from buyers when preparing & executing a purchase agreement contract?

Selling Your Business To One Of Your Employees

After investing years of time and talent into a company, many small business owners want to feel like they are leaving their business in good hands and for that reason, some sellers opt to sell their business to an employee. Let's talk about the pros and cons to taking this route.

Questions To Ask The Seller
Questions To Ask The Seller
Sellers Discretionary Cash Add Backs Analysis

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.

Confidentiality Agreements

Owners should keep the fact that they want to sell their small business confidential. Before releasing information to prospective buyers, buyers should commit to confidentiality in writing & should understand why it is important. Peter Siegel, MBA a ProBuy and ProSell Advisor with BizBen explains.

Do Not Make It Hard To Buy Your Business

Successful sellers of small businesses need a game plan to sell their California small business for maximum price and for the best terms. Peter Siegel, MBA discusses these seller strategies with BizBen Blog readers based on his experience as the lead Advisor with the ProSell Program on BizBen.com.

Lease Agreements When Selling A Business

Depending on the type of business being sold, a month-to-month situation can be severely detrimental to the value of the business. Peter Siegel, MBA Founder of BizBen (and Lead Facilitator at BizBen) explores the issue of month to month leases in this blog/article.

Lease Factors Buying Selling Laundromats

The laundry lease is undoubtedly of the highest element of value of the laundry investment. It is critical to get and to keep your lease in line with the operating model that is intended for your laundry. Chuck Post, laundry consultant and broker covers this topic in this BizBen blog post.

Telling Your Employees The Business Is For Sale

With the multitude of factors that come into play when deciding the appropriate time to inform your employees that your business is for sale, I do not offer a standard or general answer. When sellers consult me as to my opinion on when it is the right time, I like to review the major issues that...

Business Broker Questionable Practices
Business Broker Questionable Practices
LOI VS Purchase Agreement Tim Cunha

In my opinion and experience, an LOI may very well be appropriate for lower middle market transactions of $5,000,000 or more; but, for deals less than that an Asset Purchase Agreement ("APA") with contingencies on the actions of the buyer (and seller) is much more efficient and effective.

Are You Making Money In Your Laundry Investment?

Serving California laundry owners and investors, I am afforded the opportunity to see and analyze why various laundries make or lose money. Time and time again my associates and I work with our laundry clients analyzing what the true value of their laundry is and what can be done to improve it.

Mistakes When Selling Your Business

Avoiding the obvious mistakes when selling a small business is important if you want to sell your business. Peter Siegel, Director of BizBen and the BizBen ProSell Program discusses what fatal mistakes business owners should avoid when selling their small to mid-sized California business.

Due Diligence 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.

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