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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
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
Buying A Bar Due Diligence Issues And Tips
Buying A Bar - Due Diligence Issues & Tips
A BizBen blog reader emailed me this question: "I am starting due diligence this week on buying a cocktail bar With a 48 license what should I be asking for, thinking about, watching out for? Is there a list of items I should ask for?" Peter Siegel with BizBen answers this question.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
Buying A Bar 4 Tips Worth Reading
Buying A Bar - 4 Tips Worth Reading Before You Buy Your Bar
Four factors to consider when buying a bar. Peter Siegel with BizBen.com discusses: The advantages and disadvantages of a bar that serves food as well as liquor. Staffing, inventory control and owner involvement as they relate to a good business are summarized. Benchmarks when looking at financials.  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
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
How To Create A Business Plan
How To Create A Business Plan For A Small Business
A business plan is a living document that should serve several purposes for your business. When you are buying a small business, a business plan will assist you in obtaining business purchase financing by showing lenders and investors how you plan to repay their loan by running a profitable company.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
How To Buy A Business With No Money Down
Buying A Small Business With No Money Down! Is This Possible?
In The New Economy that we are buying and selling and businesses in, finding funding can be the most challenging part of a sale. Many buyers will have limited funding and need to finance a good portion of the sale but what happens when a buyer has NO money? Peter Siegel with BizBen explains how.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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
Buying A Pizza Restaurant For Sale Tips
Buying A Pizza Restaurant For Sale Tips: What You Need To Know
Peter Siegel, MBA discusses buying pizza restaurant for sale tips and what to watch out for. Topics: Owner involvement in the business as pizzerias are most successful when the owner is onsite. Also discussed is the importance of location and reviewing all financial and tax information.  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
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
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
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
Telling Buyers About Unreported Income
Selling A Business: Telling Potential Business Buyers About Unreported Income
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.  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
Buying A California Business Six Tips
Buying A California Small Business - 6 Important Items To Consider
Anyone who wants to know how to buy a business should understand how the market for small and mid-sized businesses has been rapidly changing. There are at least six "to do" practices that apply to the current market. Peter Siegel, BizBen.com Founder & the Director of the ProBuy Program explains.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
Valuing A Small Business
Valuing A Small Business - Searching For Market Value
There are a number of standard appraisal methods used to value a business that include, Asset approach, Income approach, Market approach (Comps), Capitalization of Earnings and Discounted Future Earnings. Bob Klein, a business valuation professional shares his view on searching for market value.  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
Add Backs To Get Business Acquisition Loans
How To Show Add Backs To Get Business Acquisition Loans
When seeking business acquisition loans, it helps to review seller's add backs as a source of funding to service the debt. But explain them correctly. Peter Siegel, MBA a business acquisition financing expert and advisor covers this topic for business buyers, sellers, and intermediaries.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts

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