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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Fast Food Franchises
KFC VS Popeyes: Which Fast Food Franchise Is The Better Investment?
KFC vs. Popeye's. These two companies own a large portion of the market when it comes to fast food franchises that specialize in fried chicken. If you are looking to get into this market, you have to decide between these two franchises. So, which fast food franchise is the better investment?  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
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 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
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
Selling Your Business To One Of Your Employees
Selling Your Business To One Of Your Employees: Pros And Cons
After investing years of time and talent into a company, many small business owners want to feel like they are leaving their business in good hands and for that reason, some sellers opt to sell their business to an employee. Let's talk about the pros and cons to taking this route.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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
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
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
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
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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