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Buying An Absentee Run Business
The Pros And Cons Of Buying An Absentee Run Business
The post discusses the difference between a hands on owner and an absentee owner. It covers why someone would want to be an absentee owner and then goes on to discuss the pros and cons of buying an absentee run business.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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Determine Whether Business Buyer Is Sincere
How To Determine Whether The Buyer For Your Business For Sale Is Sincere
A problem owners encounter when offering a California business for sale is that not all so-called buyers are qualified to make the purchase. It's frustrating and costly to waste time showing non-qualified buyers the business. Here are ways to identify time wasters so the focus is on real buyers.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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Checklist When Selling A California Small Business
Selling A California Small Business? This Checklist Will Determine Your Success
When selling a California business, owners should use our salability checklist to determine whether the effort will be successful. Ten factors must be considered to properly prepare a business for sale. Three of the factors account for more than 50% probability of achieving success in selling!  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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Top 5 Industries Of The Future For Business Buyers
Top 5 Industries Of The Future For Business Buyers Of Small Businesses
To be successful in buying a small business you must be able to look objectively at the company and determine whether or not it is a business that will be able to grow into the future. The key to long term survival is when a business is able to change and grow along with the needs of their consumer.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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How to Sell Your Business
How to Sell Your Business - Tips For Selling Your California Business
Peter Siegel, MBA with the BizBen ProSell Program discusses the steps recommended to prepare a business for sale including cleaning and repairs, gathering paperwork and preparing an exit strategy. It emphasizes the importance of working with professionals and getting the right buyers interested.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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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
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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
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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
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The Steps in Selling a Business With A Business Broker
The Steps In Selling A Business With A Business Broker
Ron Hottes walks you through the steps in selling a business through a business broker. It all starts with: An initial meeting between the Business Owner (Seller) & Seller's Broker where the selling process is explained and a free valuation is used to determine the value of the business.  
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Laundromat Expert Due Diligence Check List
Laundromat Due Diligence: Laundry Broker Discusses Top Contingencies
Laundry Broker and Consultant Larry Larsen discusses laundromat due diligence when buying a laundry. He draws on his years as a laundry owner, buyer, and now long time Southern California laundromat broker and consultant.  By Larry Larsen   View All Larry Larsen Blog Posts
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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
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Potential Worst Word In Business Sales
Potential: One Of The Most Harmful Words In Business Sales
Without question, it's one of the most misused and abused words in business sales. There are few among us who haven't been completely annoyed by proclamations about the POTENTIAL of a business that's on the market. Brian Loring, a Los Angeles County Business Broker chats about this misused term.  By Brian Loring, CBB   View All Brian Loring, CBB Blog Posts
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Senior Care Business Opportunities For Buyers
Buying Into The Senior Care Industry: Opportunities Worth Looking Into
Baby Boomers are changing our economy in many ways and predications about how our aging population will impact the future keep rolling in. From a small business perspective, the aging population presents a business opportunity for an Entrepreneur looking to get in to the senior care business.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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Know About Dual Agents In Buying A Business
What You Should Know About Dual Agents In Buying A Business
Should brokers and agents be allowed to represent both the buyer and seller in a transaction? Doesn't California civil code require that when there is only one agent in a deal, that the agent is required to be a dual agent? These are the questions that I would like to address in this article.  By Willard Michlin   View All Willard Michlin Blog Posts
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How To Buy A Vending Business
How To Buy A Vending Business Successfully: 6 Top Tips For Buyers
Some California entrepreneurs think they might like to buy a vending business but have heard negative things about the industry and aren't aware of important facts about this business. Here are some tips from BizBen's Peter Siegel on what to look for in buying a California vending business for sale.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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Due Diligence When Buying A Coin Laundry
Due Diligence - Buyers Role 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.  By Chuck Post   View All Chuck Post Blog Posts
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Stock Sale VS Asset Sale For Business Buyers
Should You Buy Assets Or Stock When Buying A Business?
Many times when buying a business there are reasons why buying stock or buying assets is the better business decision. Ron Hottes, LA Area business broker explores the advantages and disadvantages from a business buyer's perspective.  
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Avoid These Errors When Selling A Business
Six Seller Secrets: Avoid These Errors When Selling A California Business
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.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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Working With Business Brokers
7 Ways To Get the Most From Your Business Broker
Chances of success in business sales multiply dramatically when owners and brokers work actively together through the entire process. I find that many automotive owners (and sellers in general) feel so engulfed in running their shops that they do very little to help the broker along the way.  By Brian Loring, CBB   View All Brian Loring, CBB Blog Posts
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Seller Financing 3 Items To Consider
Seller Financing: Terms To Negotiate If You Buy A Business
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.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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