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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.

How to Buy a Business

What is your goal in 5 years? Do you want to become a business owner? Buying a business can be an exciting, safe opportunity to gain financial freedom. But how to buy the right business? This article will walk you through the process of buying a business.

How to Sell a Business

You have various options for selling your business. You can advertise it on specialized websites, post ads on social media, spread the word among your network, or reach out to local chambers of commerce. As you can see, there are plenty of avenues for selling your business yourself.

Interviewing Business Brokers

Choosing a business broker to sell your business can be crucial to the success of it selling. A broker who you have an exclusive listing agreement with, which I recommend vs. open listing, will essentially be your partner during the listing term in getting your business sold. Joe Ranieri explains.

The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Franchise Business: Your Ticket to Entrepreneurial Success

To start a business or try something new, starting a franchise business is a great option. In this blog, we'll break down everything you need to know about buying a franchise in simple, easy-to-understand terms. This guide is for business owners, whether experienced or new.

Business Broker Dirty Tricks

Lee Petsas (Southern California Business Broker) shares his concerns regarding some questionable business practices by some California Business Brokers lately. Other Business Brokers and Advisors weigh in as well on this BizBen Blog post with other "dirty tricks" they have observed and heard about.

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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.

Structuring Owner Carry Notes When Selling A Business

Due to the current state of the credit markets and bank financing, seller financing when selling a California small business is more important then ever in a business sale. Lee Petsas, Southern California business broker walks us through the nuances of owner carry notes - seller financing.

Question You Will Be Asked When Selling

When selling your small business, you'll be bombarded with questions - from the brilliant to the ridiculous. You need to be prepared. Here are some of the key questions you can expect to be asked. Tim Cunha (SF Bay Area Business Broker) reviews many of these possible questions from potential buyers.

Business For Sale Purchase Agreement

A properly prepared purchase agreement is of foremost importance in any business purchase. Lee Petsas, a Southern California business broker defines what should be in a purchase agreement when buying a business.

Buying A Business Strategies

If you are buying a small business, you probably have really good ideas about changes you would like to implement and ideas to sell more, be more efficient and more organized. Christina Lazuric an Orange County business broker chats about business buyers and their decision making processes.

How Inventory Affects The Business Valuation

If inventory is an asset of the small business, why is it treated differently from other assets in setting the business value and conducting the transaction? Tim Cunha, San Francisco Bay Area Business Broker explores this topic about how the inventory amount affects a business valuation.

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Michael Brewer ABC License Consultant
First Impressions When Selling A Business

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.

Millennial Buyers What They Seek

First, we must define, who are the Millennials? The exact years are up for debate, but Millennials were born during approximately between 1981-1986, which today would be between 22 and 37 years of age. Joe Ranieri looks at what these buyers are looking for and what qualities they seek in businesses.

When And How To Tell Employees When Selling A Business

Lee Petsas a Southern California business broker writes about his experiences relating to when to tell employees the business is for sale or has been sold.

Emotional Side Of Selling A Business

The first broker I ever worked for said, "Every deal you have will die at least 5 times before it closes. How you handle that, will determine whether you can survive doing this for a living." As I enter my 11th year doing this, I still smile at that memory because it is as true today as it was then.

Tim Cunha JD Discusses Business Valuation

Would you like to know what your business is worth? What's more, what it could be worth with a small amount of effort and investment? Business brokers have a variety of methods to determine value. Tim Cunha, JD a SF Bay Area Business Broker discusses his answers to this question about valuation.

Business Buyer Mistakes Buying A Business

Often business buyers actions cause a deal to tank but they never know why. Peter Siegel with the BizBen ProBuy Program discusses what mistakes business buyers make in the search process to buy a business with some of the best business brokers and recent sellers on BizBen about this topic.

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SBA Loans Advisor
Allocation Of Purchase Price

When selling and buying a business, it is almost always necessary to allocate the purchase price to various categories of assets for tax and accounting purposes, whether this is a transfer of all the assets of the business or an actual stock sale of the business entity. Broker Tim Cunha explains.

Buy A Business Or Start From Scratch

Some entrepreneurs believe it's better to start a business from scratch rather than buy an existing enterprise. While this may be good advice in some cases, usually it's not the best strategy. Here are five tips to help a buyer make the right decision from Peter Siegel, MBA On BizBen.

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?

Broker Cooperation Selling A Business

To receive the fullest exposure for selling their business, small business owner/sellers should make sure their listing broker or agent is co-operating with other business brokers and agents on their deal. Christina Lazuric a Orange County business broker discusses this topic with BizBen Users.

Add Backs To Get Business Acquisition Loans

When seeking large SBA business acquisition financing loans, it helps to review seller's add backs (cash flow analysis) as a source of funding to service the debt. Peter Siegel, MBA - SBALoanAdvisors.com Founder covers this specific topic for business buyers, owner/sellers, agents, business brokers.

Business Purchase Financing Without Collateral

In my experience working with the "right banks and financial institutions" repayment ability sometimes overrules collateral pledged by someone needing financing for a business purchase or a down payment. Peter Siegel, MBA - BizBen's ProBuy, ProSell Lead Facilitator explores this important topic.

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Escrow Services California
Unreported Cash

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.

Business Acquisition Financing With Equity Sharing

Most business acquisition financing strategies involve borrowing money to meet the purchase price. But an entirely different approach, equity sharing, is sometimes pursued if borrowed money is not wanted, or is not available to complete the purchase. Peter Siegel, MBA - BizBen.com covers this topic.

BizBen ProBuy Program Buying A Business

Buying a small to mid-sized business can be a confusing and/or frustrating process for many buyers. Statistics show that over 80% of all buyers never end up buying a business. The ProBuy Program assists potential buyers with the process of finding, evaluating & buying a small to mid-sized business.

Financing A Business Purchase

Peter Siegel, MBA discusses buyers who want to buy a business or franchise 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.

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