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Possible Lies When Buying A Business
6 Possible Untruths Told To Business Buyers When Buying A Small 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.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
Baby Boomers And Their Effect On California Small Business Sales
Retiring Baby Boomers And Their Effect On California Small Business Sales
Each day, more than 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 62. Around this age, Americans, many of which are small business owners, start to think about their exit strategy from the workforce. For a small business owner, the process can be complex and their decision to retire has an impact on many others.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
Showing Your Business - Tips For Business Buyer Visits
Showing Your Business - Tips For Business Buyer Visits
Showing your business when selling is one of the most important steps in the sale process & how it is done will greatly effect the selling price. There are two areas to be concerned with, how the business looks & how you react to the prospective buyer. Bob Klein, business appraiser gives his views.  By Bob Klein   View All Bob Klein Blog Posts
Business Appraisal Sector Differ
Differences And Opinions In The Business Appraisal Sector Differ
Most people would think that the business appraisal sector would be a very organized group, but they are not. I recently reviewed an article on a business appraisal technique by a writer from a Business Appraisal Association & half the professional appraisers responding did not agree with the writer.  By Bob Klein   View All Bob Klein Blog Posts
Agents To Sell Business Listings
Should Owners Hire Agents To Sell Business Listings?
Owners often ask agents to sell business offerings for them. It's usually more difficult than selling houses when working to find a buyer for a business, to satisfy contingencies and close escrow. Business sales intermediaries either agents or brokers may want large fees, but often are worth it.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
Selling A Business Online
Selling A Business Online - Common Mistakes To Avoid
Selling a business online, while often effective for finding the right buyer, is a strategy sellers need to execute correctly in order to be successful. That means avoiding the six common mistakes made by sellers. Peter Siegel, BizBen Founder talks about what it takes to effectively sell a business.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
Inventory And The Price For A Retail Related Business
Is Inventory Value Part Of, Or Added To The Price For A Retail Business?
A business buyer in the BizBen ProBuy Program asks how to handle the inventory amount in the purchase price of a business. Other questions answered in this article: Do you add the inventory value to the business value? Should the owner be expected to take back a note for the value of the inventory?  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
Using Retirement Plan Funds To Buy A Business
How To Use Retirement Plan Funds To Buy A Business
To understand the pros and cons of diverting funds from your retirement funds towards the purchase of a business, it is first necessary to brush up on some investment basics. Before approaching the issue of using retirement funds to buy a business, let's take a quick look at stocks and bonds.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
What Type Of Business Seller Are You
What Type Of Seller Are You? Selling Your Business Depends On Your Approach
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.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
Business Buyers Biggest Mistakes
What Are Business Buyers Biggest Mistakes? We Examine The Most Common
A potential business buyer in our ProBuy Program searching to buy a California business asked me to sum up what I though the biggest mistakes business buyers make when they searched and bought a business. I asked several BizBen resources their thoughts on the matter and received a diverse response.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
Business Purchase Financing What You Need To Know
Business Purchase Financing - 3 Things You Need To Know To Get Approved
For those of you looking to buy a small business, there is good news on the lending front. More lenders are coming back into the market for business purchase financing. After years of being selective many lenders are more open to financing projects they would not have in the past few years.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
How To Plan Value Your Business For Sale
8 Tips To Maximize Your Businesses Value And Attract The Right Buyers
Many business owners fail to maximize their business' value because they don't have a proper strategy in place to do so. Failure to maximize your businesses value will make it harder to attract the most qualified buyers. Have a plan that ensures your business is as attractive & valuable as possible.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
Buy A Business For Sale
Getting Financing To Buy A Business For Sale - Four Ideas
Most Californians who want to buy a business for sale know about asking the seller to provide part of the financing with a carry-back note. But in addition to that, many buyers need some cash to help fund the down payment and for working capital. Here are four ideas about how to get that money.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
Buying An eCommerce Business
Buying An eCommerce Business: Finding Online Businesses That Work For You
When buying an eCommerce business several factors come into play: market position, competition, growth areas, recurring customer base factors and ratios, etc. On this BizBen blog post Peter Siegel, MBA (BizBen Director, Financing Expert) addresses some of these eCommerce factors for business buyers.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
Selling An Online eCommerce Business
Selling eCommerce Businesses: Tips For Online Website Business Owners
In an advanced, technologically savvy era, virtually anything can be done, purchased or explored via cyberspace. As the market continues to expand and flourish, eCommerce owners can continue to reap in the selling of their online businesses. Peter Siegel, MBA (BizBen Director) explores this topic.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
Qualifying Business Buyers
Qualifying Business Buyers: Top Business Broker Discusses Top Strategies
Lee Petsas, a Southern California business broker addresses how he handles potential business buyers when they request information on a business for sale listing. He gives his strategies and tips for handling and directing business buyer inquiries.  By Lee Petsas   View All Lee Petsas Blog Posts
Business Appraiser Discusses Business Sales Multiples
Business Appraiser Discusses Business Sales Multiples
There are multiples of gross sales, seller's discretionary earnings (SDE), earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT), earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA). Bob Klein discusses business sales multiples and how they relate to buying and selling California businesses.  By Bob Klein   View All Bob Klein Blog Posts
Buying A California Franchise For Sale
Buying A California Franchise For Sale
Buying a franchise? Peter Siegel with BizBen explores pros and cons of whether to purchase a new or existing California franchise. This blog post goes on to summarize franchise fees, the FDD and other information that needs to be considered when considering a California franchise purchase.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
Unreported Income Claims Business Buyer Beware
Unreported Income Claims - What Should A Business Buyer Do?
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 and go ahead with the purchase?  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
Buying a Smog Test Only Shop
Buying a Smog Test Only Shop? 10 Big Questions To Ask
Thinking of buying a smog test only shop? Know the 10 big questions before proceeding. Willard Michlin, CPA and Due-Diligence Expert/Consultant explains what you need to know about buying and selling California smog test shops before actually buying one.  By Willard Michlin   View All Willard Michlin Blog Posts

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