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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
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
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
Selling A California Business
Selling A California Business - 13 Crucial Steps
Only 30% of all California Businesses for sale that are put on the market overall are sold! A surprising statistic to most business owners, agents, and brokers trying to sell a California business! If however you follow the strategies below (from the BizBen ProSell Program) you should see success!  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
Confidentiality: Why Keeping A Deal Quiet Is Important
Confidentiality: Why Keeping A Deal Quiet Is Important
Owners should keep the fact that they want to sell their business confidential. Before releasing information to prospective buyers, those buyers should commit to confidentiality in writing & should understand why it is important. Peter Siegel, MBA a ProBuy and ProSell Advisor with BizBen explains.  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
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
Before You Buy Gas Stations Ask These 5 Questions
Before You Buy A Gas Station Ask These 5 Questions
Looking to buy a California gas station? Consider these five questions first before buying a gas station, saving lots of money & headaches. Peter Siegel, MBA and Founder of BizBen.com and BizBen's Top Advisor for the BizBen ProBuy and ProSell Programs discusses this topic of buying CA gas stations.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
Inventory And The Price For A Retail Related Business
Is Inventory Value Part Of, Or Added To The Price For A Retail Business?
A business buyer in the BizBen ProBuy Program asks how to handle the inventory amount in the purchase price of a business. Other questions answered in this article: Do you add the inventory value to the business value? Should the owner be expected to take back a note for the value of the inventory?  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
Gas Station 5 Risks Buying
How To Buy Gas Station Businesses: Top Five Risks
Those seeking to buy gas station business opportunities need to know about five factors that can make this purchase particularly risky compared to other businesses.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
Tips For Buyers Of Gas Stations
How To Buy A Gas Station That Pumps Out Profits - Tips For Buyers
Most people who think they want to buy a gas station don't realize that finding the right business to own in this industry and determining its fair price pose more complex problems than buying a fast food franchise, retail store or most types of businesses. There are many variables to consider.  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
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
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
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
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
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
How To Plan Value Your Business For Sale
8 Tips To Maximize Your Businesses Value And Attract The Right Buyers
Many business owners fail to maximize their business' value because they don't have a proper strategy in place to do so. Failure to maximize your businesses value will make it harder to attract the most qualified buyers. Have a plan that ensures your business is as attractive & valuable as possible.  By Peter Siegel, MBA   View All Peter Siegel, MBA Blog Posts
Avoid These Errors When Selling A Business
Six Seller Secrets: Avoid These Errors When Selling A California Business
Recognizing that 70% of the California small and mid-market-sized businesses offered to buyers are never sold, and that some of the obvious reasons - over-pricing, inadequate records, insufficient lease - have been discussed in detail, it might be useful to point out lesser known problems.  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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