Can I Buy Businesses With No Collateral

Initially, the idea of buying a business without any collateral seems impossible, but it can be realistically done with a business broker. Let’s examine your options. When achieving this goal, being open minded and having commitment to hang in there despite the odds is your greatest asset. The Small Business Association’s 7 (a) Program is Your Friend One route towards buying a business with zero collateral is opt for the SBA’s 7 (a) program that works gives the bank a incentive to make a loan to a prospective Buyer. Under this program, the SBA guarantees 75%. The Buyer will still have to put in 25%; however, the 25% doesn’t have to truly be his or her money. That’s where things get interesting. The 25% that the Buyer provides can come from either parents of an individual that was gifted cash in cases of young buyers or from an investor. Both these possibilities fall within the SBA’s guidelines which you can discuss with your business broker. Look into Seller Financing, You … [Read more...]

Should You Become a Business Owner?

There’s no denying that buying a business has great rewards, but being a business owner may in the end not be for everyone. Should you buy a business on your own? Take some time and outline the various benefits of owning a business and letting a business broker help you decide whether or not this path is correct for you. Do You Want More Control? One leading reason that many business savvy individuals opt for buying a business is that is offers high level of control. Especially, business owners are in control of their own decisions. Buying a business or franchise may be suited for you if you’ve ever wished for more control over your life and decisions. By buying a business, this will allow you to chart your own direction. Once the business is successful, you can hire employees to reduce personal workload and in the process should free up time to spend doing whatever you want. You will never achieve the free time to do whatever you desire while working for someone else; after … [Read more...]

Three Overlooked Areas to Investigate Before Buying

Before you buy a business, you’ll want to do your due diligence. There’s no time to make assumptions or simply wing it when buying a business. Consequences of not doing a careful investigation of any business could be extremely dire. Below is a quick look at the top three overlooked areas to investigate before signing on the dotted line and buying a business. Retirement Plans Majority of Buyers forget all about retirement plans when looking into a business prior to buying the business. Failure to examine certain regulations that has been put into place will spell out a huge disaster. For that reason alone, you’ll want to genuinely make sure that the business’s qualified and non-qualified retirement planes are up-to-date at the Department of Labor. While there can be various unexpected circumstances that arise when buying a business, this is the one you want to avoid. 1099’s and W-2’s Many prospective Buyers often fail to investigate the retirement plan of a business, … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Buyers of International Businesses

The decision to buy an international business is no doubt quite serious. There are numerous factors that must be taken into consideration when deciding whether or not an international business purchase is the right move. Let's take a closer look. Tip #1 – Relocating Vs. Hiring a Manager Buying an international business can also mean a substantial life change. Before jumping into the process, it is critical that you know whether you will be relocating or hiring a manager to run your newly acquired business. Obviously, owning a business is a substantial responsibility and you'll want to ensure that you know exactly what is going on with your new acquisition. Sometimes that means actually being there. The bottom line is that you will either have to relocate or hire a manager. Tip #2 – Regulations Understanding regulations, taxes and customs are another must for buyers of international businesses. A failure to factor in these elements can literally undo one's business or at … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Buying a Business is Preferable to Starting a New One

If you are considering running your own business, one of the first questions that might pop in your mind is: should I start a new one or buy an established business. In this article, we'll take a closer look at the age-old dilemma of buying an existing business verses starting a new one from scratch. 1. An Established Concept The benefits of buying an established business are no doubt huge. At the top of the list is that an existing business will have an established concept. Starting a business from scratch means taking a big risk in the form of a new idea. Will it really work? If the business fails, why did it fail? Both of these stressful questions need not be asked when you buy. An established business, especially one that has been around for years, has already shown that the concept and all the variables that go into it do, in fact, work. 2. Proven Cash Flow Another massive benefit of buying an existing business is that an existing business has proven cash flow. You can … [Read more...]

A Buyer’s Quandary

It’s revealed statistically that only one out of 15 would-be business buyers will go forward with buying a business. Potential sellers should be knowledgeable on what buyers go through to become actual business owner of a business which is extremely imperative information for each seller which a business broker can provide. This is particularly true for individuals who started their own business or forgotten what went prior to the process of buying their business from a business broker. If a prospective business buyer is employed, that buyer has to be affirm with the decision to leave that job and operate the business for/by oneself. Also includes the financial commitment that is necessary to truly invest in a business and any subsequent loans that is a direct result of buying a business. It is likely that the new owner will need to execute a new lease or assume the existing lease, which is categorized as another financial responsibility. The new owner almost always guarantee … [Read more...]

The Deal Is Almost Done — Or Is It?

The Letter of Intent has been signed by both buyer and seller and everything seems to be moving along just fine. It would seem that the deal is almost done. However, the due diligence process must now be completed. Due diligence is the process in which the buyer really decides to go forward with the deal, or, depending on what is discovered, to renegotiate the price – or even to withdraw from the deal. So, the deal may seem to be almost done, but it really isn't – yet! It is important that both sides to the transaction understand just what is going to take place in the due diligence process. The importance of the due diligence process cannot be underestimated. Stanley Foster Reed in his book, The Art of M&A, wrote, “The basic function of due diligence is to assess the benefits and liabilities of a proposed acquisition by inquiring into all relevant aspects of the past, present, and predictable future of the business to be purchased.” Prior to the due diligence process, buyers … [Read more...]

Three Basic Factors of Earnings

Two businesses for sale could report the same numeric value for "earnings" and yet be far from equal. Three factors of earnings are listed below that tell more about the earnings than just the number. 1. Quality of earnings Quality of earnings measures whether the earnings are padded with a lot of “add backs” or one-time events, such as a sale of real estate, resulting in an earnings figure which does not accurately reflect the true earning power of the company’s operations. It is not unusual for companies to have “some” non-recurring expenses every year, whether for a new roof on the plant, a hefty lawsuit, a write-down of inventory, etc. Beware of the business appraiser that restructures the earnings without “any” allowances for extraordinary items. 2. Sustainability of earnings after the acquisition The key question a buyer often considers is whether he or she is acquiring a company at the apex of its business cycle or if the earnings will continue to grow at the previous … [Read more...]

What a Buyer May Really Be Looking At

Buyers, as part of their due diligence, usually employ accountants to check the numbers and attorneys to both look at legal issues and draft or review documents. Buyers may also bring in other professionals to look at the business’ operations. The prudent buyer is also looking behind the scenes to make sure there are not any “skeletons in the closet.” It makes sense for a seller to be just as prudent. Knowing what the prudent buyer may be checking can be a big help. A business intermediary professional is a good person to help a seller look at these issues. They are very familiar with what buyers are looking for when considering a company to purchase. Here are some examples of things that a prudent buyer will be checking: Finance Is the business taking all of the trade discounts available or is it late in paying its bills? This could indicate poor cash management policies. Checking the gross margins for the past several years might indicate a lack of control, price … [Read more...]

What is the Value of Your Business? It All Depends.

The initial response to the question in the title really should be: “Why do you want to know the value of your business?” This response is not intended to be flippant, but is a question that really needs to be answered. Does an owner need to know for estate purposes? Does the bank want to know for lending purposes? Is the owner entertaining bringing in a partner or partners? Is the owner thinking of selling? Is a divorce or partnership dispute occurring? Is a valuation needed for a buy-sell agreement? There are many other reasons why knowing the value of the business may be important. Valuing a business can be dependent on why there is a need for it, since there are almost as many different definitions of valuation as there are reasons to obtain one. For example, in a divorce or partnership breakup, each side has a vested interest in the value of the business. If the husband is the owner, he wants as low a value as possible, while his spouse wants the highest … [Read more...]