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Top 5 Industries Of The Future For Business Buyers
Top 5 Industries Of The Future For Business Buyers Of Small Businesses
To be successful in buying a small business you must be able to look objectively at the company and determine whether or not it is a business that will be able to grow into the future. The key to long term survival is when a business is able to change and grow along with the needs of their consumer.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA 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
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
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
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
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.  
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Due Diligence Buying A California Winery
Wine And Dine: Weighing Your Options When Buying A California Winery
One of the most important steps in buying a business is doing your due diligence. When buying a California winery, there are three major areas to focus your attention during this period of research. Learn about these three factors in this BizBen blog post on wine industry due diligence for buyers.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
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
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
Broker Cooperation Selling A Business
Before You Select A Business Broker - Do They Co-Broker?
To receive the fullest exposure for selling their business, small business owners should make sure their listing broker is co-operating with other business brokers and agents. Christina Lazuric a Southern California business broker discusses this topic.  By Christina Lazuric, CBI   View All Christina Lazuric, CBI Blog Posts
How Escrow Protects A Business Sales Transaction
How Escrow Protects You In A Business Transaction
In dealing with business sales, often times the Seller or the Buyer will ask about the use of an escrow company. The seller may say, Why can't the buyer just pay me cash or give me a cashier's check? This blog post covers why utilizing an escrow service is so important in selling a small business.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
Adjusted Net Income Add Backs Analysis
Add Backs: Defining Adjusted Net Income When Reviewing Financials
The use of add backs & adjusted net income is common among sellers of businesses when showing their financial information & explaining that the buyer will actually enjoy more profit than is shown. But business buyers are cautioned to review documents closely. Peter Siegel, MBA with BizBen explains.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA 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

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