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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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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
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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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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.  
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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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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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Selling A Business Online
Selling A Business Online - Common Mistakes To Avoid
Selling a business online, while often effective for finding the right buyer, is a strategy sellers need to execute correctly in order to be successful. That means avoiding the six common mistakes made by sellers. Peter Siegel, BizBen Founder talks about what it takes to effectively sell a business.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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Interpreting Reported Earnings
Interpreting Reported Earnings From Sellers
Peter Siegel, MBA Founder of BizBen and the BizBen ProBuy, ProSell Programs discusses interpreting reported earnings from sellers through tax returns, financial statements and other means when buying a small to mid-sized California small business.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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Tips For Selling A Bakery
What Are Some Tips On Buying An Existing Bakery Small Business?
Bakeries service all occasions from weddings, birthdays, retirement, and a whole host of other special occasions. Many bakeries do a brisk retail business, but really make their money in catering. Joe Ranieri a Southern California Business Broker looks at the top tips when trying to sell a bakery.  By Joe Ranieri   View All Joe Ranieri Blog Posts
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Allocation Of The Purchase Price
Allocation Of The Purchase Price When Selling A California Small Business
There are a handful of key asset categories in allocating or breaking down the purchase price allocation of a business sale. The allocation is required to complete the transaction. Lee Petsas, a Southern California business broker reviews this topic in detail for buyers and sellers of businesses.  By Lee Petsas   View All Lee Petsas Blog Posts
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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
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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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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
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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
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Should You Knowingly Overpay For A Business
Should You Knowingly Overpay For A Small Business Purchase?
Willard Michlin, CPA discusses why business buyers sometimes overpay to buy a small business and how to look at a deal and make sure you don't overpay to purchase a business.  By Willard Michlin   View All Willard Michlin Blog Posts
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Business Purchase Financing What You Need To Know
Business Purchase Financing - 3 Things You Need To Know To Get Approved
For those of you looking to buy a small business, there is good news on the lending front. More lenders are coming back into the market for business purchase financing. After years of being selective many lenders are more open to financing projects they would not have in the past few years.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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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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Using Rules Of Thumb To Value A California Small Business
Using Rules Of Thumb To Value A California Small Business
Many business buyers try to use a rule of thumb to value a business. This is a valuable tool but if you actually try to purchase a business based on it, you are sure to regret it later. Willard Michlin, CPA discusses rules of thumb issues when buying a California business.  By Willard Michlin   View All Willard Michlin Blog Posts
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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
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Millennial Buyers What They Seek
Millennial Buyers: What Are They Seeking When Buying A Business?
First, we must define, who are the Millennials? The exact years are up for debate, but Millennials were born during approximately between 1981-1986, which today would be between 22 and 37 years of age. Joe Ranieri looks at what these buyers are looking for and what qualities they seek in businesses.  By Joe Ranieri   View All Joe Ranieri Blog Posts
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