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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.  
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
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
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
When And How To Tell Employees When Selling A Business
Selling A Business: When And How To Tell Employees
Lee Petsas a Southern California business broker writes about his experiences relating to when to tell employees the business is for sale or has been sold.  By Lee Petsas   View All Lee Petsas Blog Posts
Structuring Owner Carry Notes When Selling A Business
Structuring Owner Carry Notes When Selling A Business
Due to the current state of the credit markets and bank financing, seller financing when selling a California small business is more important then ever in a business sale. Lee Petsas, Southern California business broker walks us through the nuances of owner carry notes - seller financing.  By Lee Petsas   View All Lee Petsas Blog Posts
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
Emotional Side Of Selling A Business
Selling Your Business - The Emotional Side Of Business Brokering
The first broker I ever worked for said, "Every deal you have will die at least 5 times before it closes. How you handle that, will determine whether you can survive doing this for a living." As I enter my 11th year doing this, I still smile at that memory because it is as true today as it was then.  By Christina Lazuric, CBI   View All Christina Lazuric, CBI Blog Posts
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
Due Diligence Workshop By Willard Michlin
FREE Workshop: Due Diligence When Buying And Selling A Small Business
Willard Michlin, CPA conducts this FREE live workshop in Seal Beach about the processes of buying & selling a business. It's also about what you need to know in order to do a proper due diligence when buying a business. Participants should RSVP by calling 805-428-2063 & the address to this workshop.  By Willard Michlin   View All Willard Michlin 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
Deposits With Purchase Agreements
Deposits With Purchase Agreements - Rules And Guidelines
Lee Petsas, a Southern California business broker explores: How much consideration should I give as deposit? Are Deposits refundable and when? Cashing deposits & opening escrow, Return of deposit to buyer, Why do we take a deposit from buyers when preparing & executing a purchase agreement contract?  By Lee Petsas   View All Lee Petsas 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

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