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The Road Taken - Why Buying A Business May Make Sense


Why Buying A Business May Make SenseMany of my clients are looking for a business because they are at a crossroads and a move to the sun-kissed Palm Springs area is appealing. Consider that in order to earn a living you must find a job, start a business, or buy an existing business.  Of course, helping someone to buy an existing business is what I would encourage for several reasons.

For one thing, high paying jobs are scarce in the desert, just check out the help wanted ads in the Desert Sun newspaper.

Second, to start a new business from scratch is a huge and lengthy challenge. It takes a lot of money and you must invest time, energy and often more money dealing with all the government agencies; city, state and the health department. If a restaurant, nightclub, bar, liquor store, or any business that involves alcohol is what you have in mind; dealing with ABC will also be required.

The third option available to you is to find a business that is already up and operating with a proven track record, just waiting on a new owner to take it to the next level.  Often, when someone has owned a business for a time they tend to get "tired eyes." It seems they have already tried everything in the book and end up set in their ways.  New owners tend to come in with their own personal experience and network of contacts. They propose dynamic marketing strategies; consider remodeling ideas, and generally, reenergize the entire operation. More often than not, the result of their efforts is a dramatic spike in revenues.

Consider that people sell their businesses for many reasons. Health issues can surface unexpectedly. Other times it's simply time to retire or move out of the area to be closer to family. Sometimes, the business owner is just plain tired and wants to make a change, creating an opportunity for a savvy buyer.

In "THE ROAD NOT TAKEN", Robert Frost ponders Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.

Owning your own business provides you with personal freedom and the opportunity to realize the rewards of your extra efforts. You cannot be downsized. You are the boss and you choose the road that will lead you to the thriving future you envision. Bear in mind, much farther down that road you will be the one with a tangible asset to sell.

Bob HughesAbout The Author:  Bob Hughes is a business broker in the Palm Springs area assisting business buyers and sellers throughout the Inland Empire area. You can reach Bob by phone at 760-323-8311 to discuss buying or selling a business.


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Comments Regarding This Blog Post


Great points Bob. There is nothing more satisfying than working for yourself, but it can also be a dark horse, filled with long hours and uncertainty, but worth the risk. In many corporate cultures, those who are 55 or older are looked upon as an albatross around the neck of the company they have worked so many years for, and so owning a business is a great way to ensure that a person will not be forced into early retirement if they so enjoy working.


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