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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
Business Appraisal Sector Differ
Differences And Opinions In The Business Appraisal Sector Differ
Most people would think that the business appraisal sector would be a very organized group, but they are not. I recently reviewed an article on a business appraisal technique by a writer from a Business Appraisal Association & half the professional appraisers responding did not agree with the writer.  By Bob Klein   View All Bob Klein 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
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
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
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
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.  
Buying A Bar 4 Tips Worth Reading
Buying A Bar - 4 Tips Worth Reading Before You Buy Your Bar
Four factors to consider when buying a bar. Peter Siegel with BizBen.com discusses: The advantages and disadvantages of a bar that serves food as well as liquor. Staffing, inventory control and owner involvement as they relate to a good business are summarized. Benchmarks when looking at financials.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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
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
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
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.  
Structuring An Earn Out
Earn Outs - Latest Feedback, Structuring An Earn Out
Using an earn out can benefit both buyer & seller of a business purchase. A recent question by a buyer in the BizBen ProBuy Program about the best way to structure a business earn out prompted me to ask a panel of BizBen Resources how they would deal with the buyers question on earn out structures.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
Stock Sale VS Asset Sale For Business Buyers
Should You Buy Assets Or Stock When Buying A Business?
Many times when buying a business there are reasons why buying stock or buying assets is the better business decision. Ron Hottes, LA Area business broker explores the advantages and disadvantages from a business buyer's perspective.  
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
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
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
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
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
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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