Determining the right time to sell a private business is as much an art as a science, because there are so many factors at play and each business is unique. The timing of a business sale is critical. Christina Lazuric, CBI, Orange County Business Broker discusses this topic on this BizBen Blog post.
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.
Despite challenges in the business for sale marketplace, some of the brokers who make a living by facilitating a deal between buyer and seller are known to stand in the way of a completed transaction because of some outdated ideas. Too bad they put greed ahead of the needs of their clients.
This webinar is designed for business buyers, owner/sellers, business brokers, agents, and advisors who can benefit on the latest information and strategies on procuring large SBA loans to buy or sale a "large" small business - typically priced between $500K to $10M. Peter Siegel, MBA is the host.
Utility rates are on the rise. I am getting calls from laundry owners complaining of the costs, asking for ideas. So what is the answer? What is the best approach in combating these costs? Chuck Post, laundry consultant discusses strategies for keeping coin laundry utility costs under control.
The key to finding the ideal business broker or agent and selling a small business is asking the right questions and getting the right answers back! Peter Siegel, MBA with BizBen & several top business brokers and agents in California (ProIntermediaries) contribute to this topic to assist sellers.
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.
Peter Siegel, MBA - Lead Advisor with the BizBen.com ProSell Program discusses critical steps to prepare a small to mid-sized business including: which documents will be needed, key advisors to have involved, pricing the business, and how to attract the right business buyers to your listing.
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 will affect the decision.
It is not uncommon for business Owner/Sellers to get uncomfortable when a potential Buyer requires a SBA loan to purchase the Seller's business. Often times Owner/Sellers will say "the Buyer is the one getting the loan; why am I the one under the microscope?" This blog post addresses this topic.
Peter Siegel, MBA - BizBen Founder & Director of the ProBuy/ProSell Programs explores why earnest money deposits when opening escrow (and bulk sale) serve several important purposes when buying or selling a small business in California. For Buyers not offering a realistic deposit may be a problem.
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.
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.
If you are planning to offer your small business for sale, you ought to learn about your chances of succeeding. The probability of making a sale depends largely on which of seven seller types describes you. Use this self-test to find out what kind of seller you are and determine if you'll succeed.
Selling a business is hard enough but using the wrong word, text, and strategy can really delay or outright kill a campaign to sell a small business successfully. Peter Siegel, MBA Founder of BizBen.com shares what words, phrases, and strategies work (and not) when selling a small business online.
Showing your business when selling is one of the most important steps in the sale process & how it is done will greatly affect the selling price. There are two areas to be concerned with, how the business looks & how you react to the prospective buyer.
Recognizing that 70% of the California small and mid-market-sized businesses offered to buyers are never sold, and that some of the obvious reasons - over-pricing, inadequate records, insufficient lease - have been discussed in detail, it might be useful to point out lesser known problems.
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.
An often overlooked aspect of selling (or buying) a small business is taking back-up offers during the entire process of selling (or buying) a business. Most sellers (or buyers) don't realize that over fifty percent of all deals/contracts fall out escrow or contract for one reason or another.
The latest BizBen.com survey of Business Brokers and Agents outlined what it takes to be a top ten percent performer in the business brokerage industry. From good communication to utilizing your resources, these traits are something to take note of and put into practice to be successful.
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.
When selling your small business, offering seller financing is a great way to help your business standout from others on the market and it is also a good strategy to consider that can help you close a sale. If you plan to offer seller financing there are a number of things you need to know.
First impressions are critical when selling a business - ask any potential business buyer. Peter Siegel, Founder Of BizBen explains why all potential small business sellers need to make sure that first impression is a good one.
Most owners know that when choosing a broker to help sell your business, it's good to find out about his or her background and maybe get some references of people who've worked with the professional. Before signing a listing agreement, it helps to know these extra things about the business broker.
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.
Some prospective business purchasers ask if they should buy an employment agency. California's declining unemployment suggests a healthy market for businesses that connect job openings with applicants. It's important to know how to evaluate opportunities when seeking this type of business for sale.
Today, we see more growth in the white-collar sector than we do in blue-collar entering the laundry business. We are also happy to see a rapidly growing representation of Black and Hispanic investors; women entrepreneurs are possibly one of the fastest growing segments.
This question is bound to come up from a seller to a business broker at one point in their relationship. The truth may discourage a seller who desperately needs to sell, because in all honestly, many times in can take months. All restaurants are different - Joe Ranieri, Business Broker explains.