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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
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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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Buy A Business That Is Not For Sale
Buy A Business That Is Not For Sale - Strategies For Business Buyers
Approaching business owners directly to see if they want to sell can sometimes work well for business buyers searching to buy a business. Another way is to broadcast your search criteria via the BizBen ProBuy Program to all brokers, agents, and intermediaries who sell businesses in California.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA 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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Confidentiality: Why Keeping A Deal Quiet Is Important
Confidentiality: Why Keeping A Deal Quiet Is Important
Owners should keep the fact that they want to sell their business confidential. Before releasing information to prospective buyers, those buyers should commit to confidentiality in writing & should understand why it is important. Peter Siegel, MBA a ProBuy and ProSell Advisor with BizBen explains.  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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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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Buying A Fast Food Franchise
Buying A Fast Food Franchise: Subway vs Quiznos
Today there are a lot of big competitors in the fast food franchise industry and one of the largest is Subway. Both Subway and Quiznos have entered a highly competitive industry and made a place for themselves. So in the battle of fast food franchises, Subway vs. Quiznos, who would win?  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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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
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Business Purchase Financing TeleSeminar
BizBen Podcast & Webinar: Business Purchase Financing, SBA Loan Options
Ever wonder what is involved in obtaining business purchase financing when buying a business? Peter Siegel, MBA BizBen Founder and ProBuy & ProSell Programs Lead Facilitator addresses this topic on this BizBen podcast and answers business buyers, sellers, & brokers questions regarding financing.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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Do Not Make It Hard To Buy Your Business
Owners - Do Not Make It Hard To Buy Your Business
Successful business sellers need a game plan to sell their California small business for maximum price and for the best terms. Peter Siegel, MBA discusses these strategies with BizBen Blog readers.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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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
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Business Acquisition Financing Information
Business Acquisition Financing Expert Give Tips On Proving Cash Flow
What are actual adjusted net earnings of a company being purchased with business acquisition financing? That's the figure to know and to provide a lender. Peter Siegel, MBA (BizBen & BizBenNetwork's Lead Facilitator - ProBuy / ProSell Programs) reviews this important concept with BizBen Blog users.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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Bob Hughes On Goodwill Selling A Business
Bob Hughes Answers: What Is The Goodwill Of Your Business?
Goodwill is what a business owner has built into his business over the years. Bob Hughes, a long time business broker serving the Coachella Valley & the San Diego County area gives his definition of goodwill and what is included when buying and selling small to mid-sized businesses.  By Bob Hughes   View All Bob Hughes Blog Posts
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Business Purchase Financing By Peter Siegel MBA
Business Purchase Financing - 3 Things You Need To Know Now
Looking to buy a small business? There is good news regarding business purchase financing. More financial institutions are coming back into the market with business purchase financing. After years of being selective many lenders are more open to financing deals they would not have in the past years.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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Business Opportunity, Not The Same As A Going Business For Sale
A Business Opportunity, Not The Same As A Going Business For Sale
Don't confuse a business opportunity with a going business for sale. In the broadest sense, an existing business being offered on the market is sometimes called a business opportunity. But for a buyer's purposes, seeking to invest in a business to own and operate, there are important differences.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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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
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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
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