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Comments & Replies: 5     Views: 6178     Posted By: Rob Hartman   Rob Hartman, Business Broker, SF Bay Area
Is buying a truly absentee run business really viable? I take a look at this concept with others on BizBen and explore how this can be done. What size businesses, what types of small businesses can be truly run absentee without the owner milling about running a venture? I give my views.
Comments & Replies: 7     Views: 8055     Posted By: Rob Hartman   Rob Hartman, Business Broker, SF Bay Area
Is starting with a higher selling price a good strategy when selling a small business? or even showing an asking price? I have some definite ideas about this concept and would like to share along with other Advisors, Brokers, Agents contributors on BizBen. What are your thoughts on asking prices?
Comments & Replies: 2     Views: 5937     Posted By: Rob Hartman   Rob Hartman, Business Broker, SF Bay Area
What are some of the better negotiating tips for business sellers selling a small business. In this Discussion I will list several key strategies I feel work and have others comment on them as well.
Comments & Replies: 2     Views: 21122     Posted By: Rob Hartman   Rob Hartman, Business Broker, SF Bay Area
As a business broker, the phrase I hear most often from my buyer clients is, "I am looking for an absentee owner business." Since it is such a popular topic of discussion, let me offer an alternative method of business selection with several ideas and tips that I offer my buyer clients when asked.
Comments & Replies: 1     Views: 4660     Posted By: Joe Ranieri   Joe Ranieri, Business Broker: LA, Orange County Areas
As the year winds down, it's tempting for business brokers to go through their old files and throw them out to make room for new client's folders, but that would be foolish. Joe Ranieri (Orange County Business broker) discusses strategies for saving files - a key annual strategy for brokers/agents.
Comments & Replies: 2     Views: 5767     Posted By: Timothy Cunha JD   Timothy Cunha JD: Business Broker, SF Bay Area
How do you value a small business before putting it on the market? Tim Cunha, JD offers 6 items all business owners should consider. Other advisors and business brokers also weigh in on this very important topic especially when over 70% of small businesses never end up selling (due to pricing).
Comments & Replies: 1     Views: 5038     Posted By: Joe Ranieri   Joe Ranieri, Business Broker: LA, Orange County Areas
My restaurant recently upgraded its beer with wine license to a full-service liquor license, and if I sell, how much can that increase my selling price? A Southern California restaurant broker specialist initiates this discussion and other advisors, business brokers, agents weigh in on this topic.
Comments & Replies: 6     Views: 5856     Posted By: Joe Ranieri   Joe Ranieri, Business Broker: LA, Orange County Areas
What are some reasons a business that was previously on the market with another broker didn't sell? Every broker or agent understands that not every business they list will result in a sale. There can be many reasons small businesses don't sell and many are discussed on this BizBen Discussion post.
Comments & Replies: 2     Views: 6157     Posted By: Joe Ranieri   Joe Ranieri, Business Broker: LA, Orange County Areas
Should small business owners/sellers give potential buyers direct access to their tax returns (and potentially to copies direct from the IRS) either before or during the due diligence process? Several business brokers and advisors discuss this topic on BizBen Discussions.
Comments & Replies: 1     Views: 3636     Posted By: Joe Ranieri   Joe Ranieri, Business Broker: LA, Orange County Areas
Buying a seasonal small business restaurant can be challenging, but Joe Ranieri a business broker restaurant specialist and others in this BizBen Discussion review multiple ways to offset these factors and still get the most from buying and operating a small to mid-sized seasonal restaurant.
Comments & Replies: 4     Views: 14917     Posted By: Transactional Attorney  
Once you have successfully negotiated the Asset Purchase Agreement ("APA") for your acquisition it's natural to relax a little and let your guard down. Attorney Specialist Mark Chatow discusses what business buyers should look out for when opening escrow and getting escrow instruction in place.
Comments & Replies: 10     Views: 81681     Posted By: Peter Siegel MBA   Peter Siegel MBA: BizBen Founder, ProBuy/ProSell Program Director
Was just asked the question from a business owner what the "typical commission" amount is for a broker and if upfront fees are common? Thought this might be a great Discussion topic on BizBen for both business owner/sellers and potentially for business buyers (buyer representation).
Comments & Replies: 1     Views: 3064     Posted By: Broker/Consultant  
When buying an Elderly Care Home what should potential buyers always ask the broker or owner before proceeding? Find out in this Discussion on BizBen. Items buyers of elderly care homes will want to know more about why the seller is moving on, average length of stay, placement fees paid, etc.
Comments & Replies: 2     Views: 9303     Posted By: Peter Siegel MBA   Peter Siegel MBA: Business Purchase Financing Expert
When seeking SBA loan financing many potential business buyers have wrong information about the process of securing the best financing to buy a business. Peter Siegel, MBA a business purchase financing expert delves into the myths regarding SBA financing and business purchase financing.
Comments & Replies: 3     Views: 4139     Posted By: Broker/Consultant  
50% of all California small business for sale transactions fail to complete. Why do businesses for sale fall out of escrow? Joel Miller (a senior care business specialist) discusses his 5 top reason why businesses fall out escrow along with other brokers, advisors on this BizBen Discussion.
Comments & Replies: 3     Views: 6422     Posted By: Joe Ranieri   Joe Ranieri, Business Broker: LA, Orange County Areas
Every business broker knows that a listing taken is not a listing sold, in fact the ratio of listed vs. sold could be discouraging if you really thought about it. Joe Ranieri (Orange County Business Broker) discusses what you should do if you finally have to close the doors and call it quits.
Comments & Replies: 14     Views: 12438     Posted By: Peter Siegel MBA   Peter Siegel MBA: BizBen Founder, ProBuy/ProSell Program Director
Valuing a small business is not guess work. It's not what some other businesses of the same type may have or may not have been sold for, it's not even what a business owner "feels" they want or deserve. It is a formula based on many factors. Peter Siegel, MBA from BizBen & others discuss this topic.
Comments & Replies: 2     Views: 6748     Posted By: Peter Siegel MBA   Peter Siegel MBA: Business Purchase Financing Expert
We're hearing more and more about "crowd funding" through sites like gofundme and kickstarter as a possible way to raise the cash needed to buy a small business. This method of collecting funds has proven successful in other kinds of situations. Could this strategy work when buying a small business?
Comments & Replies: 3     Views: 2420     Posted By: Broker/Consultant  
Is an As-Is sale of a small business achievable by owners when selling a business? Brokers and agents hear this all the time from sellers when procuring listings. Joel Miller (a Southern California Senior Care Services Intermediary) discusses this topic with others on this BizBen Discussion.
Comments & Replies: 4     Views: 8078     Posted By: Peter Siegel MBA   Peter Siegel MBA: BizBen Founder, ProBuy/ProSell Program Director
We all understand the idea of paying too much for a small business. But is there such a thing as not paying enough? That seems like an odd notion, but I'm familiar with situations in which a buyer acquired a small business for a figure substantially under what probably was market value.
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