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Is the Challenge Acceptable to you?

Buying and managing your own business is a lot more complicated than working for someone else. Owning a business comes with greater responsibilities of providing a new perspective as well as putting in a lot of energy and hard work on a daily basis.
Is the Challenge Acceptable to you?

Buying and managing your own business is a lot more complicated than working for someone else. Owning a business comes with greater responsibilities of providing a new perspective as well as putting in a lot of energy and hard work on a daily basis.
Be Positive

Think positively while buying a new business.

Sell yourself

When you enter the market to look for a healthy business to buy, it is not only you who is looking for specific qualities of a business. The seller of the business is also looking at qualities you possess, which will confirm whether selling to you is the best decision. You hence need to sell yourself; your skills and business acumen need to be highlighted accordingly. Provide a strong resume and financial statement to the seller in order to convince him to sell his business to you.
Pay Attention to the Earning Power

Remember that you are not merely buying assets such as inventory and equipment; you are buying a company. You hence need to pay attention to not only the current revenue but also the future revenue generation capabilities of the business. Focus on the cash flow, as most good businesses will be priced at two to four times the cash flow.
Discern the Real Value of the Business

There are many intangible factors which determine the price of the business. For example, sellers might expect compensation for the time they have invested in building the business, its reputation and its market share. These factors need to be considered in addition to the company’s tangible assets to determine the real value of the business. Smart buyers of reputable companies rarely focus on tangible asset value.
Ensure you Have Sufficient Finance

Do not have unrealistic expectations about your buying capabilities. If you do not have enough liquid resources to make the initial payment in addition to the working capital required, you should not waste other people’s time and effort. Provide a financial statement to your broker at the very beginning. Also, do not boast of ‘investors’ if you will be unable to introduce them to the seller.
Hire Experienced Advisors

If you think you cannot handle matters by yourself, hire experienced professionals for the job. So if you need legal advice, consult an attorney or for the financial matters hire an accountant. Make sure that the attorney has relevant experience, though, as his role is crucial in the business deal you sign. In the end, it will become the job of the attorney and accountant to advise you as to how to get the deal done.
Be Efficient

After the price and terms for the business have been decided, do not drag out the due diligence too long. Keep focused on the larger picture and try to close the deal as efficiently as possible.
Trust your Broker

Remember that the broker you are dealing with has far more experience in buying or selling of a business than you do. Hence trust his knowledge about the business in question and transactions in general. The broker’s role in the deal to take the stress level out of the whole deal, and you should utilize him/her for that purpose.
Take the Landlord into Account

You will need to impress the landlord, if any, to close a successful deal. Sell yourself to the landlord in the initial meeting itself, by showing him your qualifications and financial statements.
 

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