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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
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
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 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
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
Good Location Important When Buying Or Selling A Restaurant
Good Management Beats A Good Location When Buying A Restaurant
It's not just a good location when buying a restaurant. What makes a difference time and time again is the difference in management. Good management is the key to success. Jeff Back, restaurant sales specialist in the San Francisco Bay Area discusses this topic.  By Jeff Back   View All Jeff Back Blog Posts
Baby Boomers And Their Effect On California Small Business Sales
Retiring Baby Boomers And Their Effect On California Small Business Sales
Each day, more than 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 62. Around this age, Americans, many of which are small business owners, start to think about their exit strategy from the workforce. For a small business owner, the process can be complex and their decision to retire has an impact on many others.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
Buying A Fast Food Franchise
Buying A Fast Food Franchise: Subway vs Quiznos
Today there are a lot of big competitors in the fast food franchise industry and one of the largest is Subway. Both Subway and Quiznos have entered a highly competitive industry and made a place for themselves. So in the battle of fast food franchises, Subway vs. Quiznos, who would win?  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
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
Restaurant And Fast Food Franchises
Restaurant And Fast Food Franchises - Buying Tips From A Pro
Restaurant franchise offerings are among the most popular of the business types potential business buyers seek. What many would-be owners don't realize is that there are specific tips for buying fast food or restaurant franchises that don't necessarily apply to independent restaurants for sale.  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
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
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
How Inventory Affects The Business Valuation
How The Inventory Amount Affects The Business Valuation And Transaction
If inventory is an asset of the business, why is it treated differently from other assets in setting the business value and conducting the transaction? Tim Cunha, San Francisco Bay Area Business Broker explores this topic about how the inventory amount affects a business valuation.  By Tim Cunha   View All Tim Cunha Blog Posts
Business Acquisition Financing Information
Business Acquisition Financing Expert Give Tips On Proving Cash Flow
What are actual adjusted net earnings of a company being purchased with business acquisition financing? That's the figure to know and to provide a lender. Peter Siegel, MBA at 925-785-3118 (business purchase financing expert with both SBA loans and non SBA loan financing) reviews this concept.  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
Do Not Make It Hard To Buy Your Business
Owners - Do Not Make It Hard To Buy Your Business
Successful business sellers need a game plan to sell their California small business for maximum price and for the best terms. Peter Siegel, MBA discusses these strategies with BizBen Blog readers.  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
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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