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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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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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How To Advertise A Business For Sale
How To Advertise A Business For Sale Without Revealing Too Much
Knowing how to advertise a business for sale without revealing too much is an important skill for anyone who wants to find a buyer for a small or mid-sized California business at a good price. One caution about giving too much detail is that it might identify the company and ruin confidentiality.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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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
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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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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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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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Pricing A Business For Sale
Pricing A Business For Sale - Key Factors All Play A Role!
As a consultant I talk to many California business owners, business buyers, brokers, and agents on a daily basis about valuing businesses. Peter Siegel, MBA with BizBen.com talks about key factors in pricing a business for sale in the California marketplace.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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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
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Buying A Restaurant With Good Karma
Buying A Restaurant? Check Its Karma - Tips From A Restaurant Broker
Jeff Back a San Francisco Bay Area broker specialist who specializes in selling restaurants discusses what he looks for when sizing up a potential restaurant for sale. Restaurants have Karma! A restaurant's Karma is something you feel the moment you walk into a restaurant.  By Jeff Back   View All Jeff Back Blog Posts
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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
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Restaurant And Fast Food Franchises
Restaurant And Fast Food Franchises - Buying Tips From A Pro
Restaurant franchise offerings are among the most popular of the business types potential business buyers seek. What many would-be owners don't realize is that there are specific tips for buying fast food or restaurant franchises that don't necessarily apply to independent restaurants for sale.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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What Not To Do When Searching To Buy Restaurants
Buying A Restaurant: What Not To Do When Searching To Buy A Restaurant
Many California small business investors want to buy a restaurant. People always need to eat; there should be plenty of business. And some buyers think there is prestige to owning a popular eating establishment. But it isn't an easy purchase. Here's what not to do when planning to buy a restaurant.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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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
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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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Due Diligence Strategies Explained By Willard Michlin, CPA
Should You Do Due Diligence Yourself When Buying A Business?
Willard Michlin, CPA, CFE chats about why you can do a large portion of the due diligence yourself, depending on your background, but you should never try to do it solely on your own. In this article he explores ways business buyers get themselves into trouble and avoiding trouble.  By Willard Michlin   View All Willard Michlin Blog Posts
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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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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
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Purchase A Business With Limited Or No Cash
Purchase A Business With Limited Or No Cash - 5 Tips For Business Buyers
Trying to purchase a business with no money down is usually a waste of time if you want a good business. But leveraging into a business with a relatively small cash down payment can often be accomplished using some of these suggested strategies in this article on buying a business with limited cash.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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Business Purchase Financing TeleSeminar
Video, Podcast: Business Purchase Financing: SBA Loans, Non SBA Financing
Ever wonder what is involved in obtaining business purchase financing to buy a business or franchise? Peter Siegel, MBA BizBen Founder who has over twenty years advising and obtaining all types of financing for business buyers presents this video/podcast and answers your questions on this topic.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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