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What To Do When Your Business Is Not Fun Anymore
What To Do When Your Business Isn't Fun Anymore
Just because its time to sell your business does not mean you're throwing in the towel. Many times small business owners are ready to move on to other things; retirement, a new job, a new venture, more time with family, a focus on personal health, or any combination of factors.  By Bob Hughes   View All Bob Hughes 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
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
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
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
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
Yogurt Shop Purchase Financing Tips
Frozen Yogurt Shop For Sale Financing - Yogurt Store Purchase Financing Tips
Financing a yogurt shop for sale can be challenging. Here, you'll learn the real scoop behind financing a yogurt shop for sale to help it be profitable from the start. Peter Siegel with BizBen discusses strategies on this topic.  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
Know About Dual Agents In Buying A Business
What You Should Know About Dual Agents In Buying A Business
Should brokers and agents be allowed to represent both the buyer and seller in a transaction? Doesn't California civil code require that when there is only one agent in a deal, that the agent is required to be a dual agent? These are the questions that I would like to address in this article.  By Willard Michlin   View All Willard Michlin 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
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
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
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
Business Appraisal Common Sense Business Valuations
Creating An Accurate Business Appraisal
Appraising businesses accurately is not an easy task. There are many different methods that can be used along with variations for the purpose of the appraisal. None of these methods, by its self addresses the total value of a business. Business appraiser Bob Klein explains his views and experiences.  By Bob Klein   View All Bob Klein Blog Posts
Differences Between Business Appraiser CPA Due Diligence Expert
Differences Between Business Appraisers, CPAs, Due Diligence Experts
Differences between a Business Appraiser, CPA auditor and Due Diligence Expert? Here are some insights that will be useful for someone engaged in, or planning to conduct due diligence when buying a small business. Willard Michlin, CPA explains the differences between these resources.  By Willard Michlin   View All Willard Michlin 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
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
Business Purchase Financing TeleSeminar
Video, Podcast: Business Purchase Financing: SBA Loans, Non SBA Financing
Ever wonder what is involved in obtaining business purchase financing to buy a business or franchise? Peter Siegel, MBA who has over twenty years advising and obtaining all types of financing for business buyers presents this video/podcast and answers your questions on this topic.  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
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.  

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