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Evaluate the Asking Price of a Business

Two of the most difficult parts of buying a business are learning to evaluate the asking price and proposing a …

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Develop a Business Plan That’ll Help You Attain Financing

When you apply for an SBA loan, a term loan, or seller financing to buy a business you’ll need to …

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The Right Accountant for Your Acquisition

A knowledgeable business accountant is a must for any small business acquisition—and for all the work that follows. Here's why: …

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The Pros and Cons of Buying an Established Business

Before you decide whether buying a business is the right path for you, take some time to learn about the …

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Lease-to-Buy: Could It Work for Your Acquisition?

There are lots of ways to finance a business acquisition. Few prospective business owners consider lease-to-buy, an option that can …

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How to Renegotiate a Purchase with the Seller

Due diligence is one of the most important tasks you’ll take on when buying a business. Through the process, you’ll …

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How to Find Businesses That Are for Sale

After you look into the benefits and risks of acquiring a small business and decide which kinds of operations suit …

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Is a Distressed Business a Good Opportunity?

Distressed businesses exist in every industry. Some can be great opportunities, especially when they're purchased for a low price and …

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Close the Deal: The 11 Things You Need to Take Ownership of a Small Business

A great deal of work goes into finding a small business to buy. Once you’ve found one, completed the due …

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The Terms of Your Sales Agreement to Buy a Business

After you’ve sourced a business, evaluated its viability, and negotiated its terms, your attorney will draft a sales agreement that …

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Why Seller Financing Can Be a Great Source of Capital

Seller financing is often a great option for financing a business acquisition. Sometimes called a seller’s note, this form of …

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The Right Attorney for Your Acquisition

Buying a business? It's a must to include an attorney on your team, especially as you work through the complex …

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Why You Need a Letter of Intent (LOI) to Purchase a Business

When you find a business you'd like to purchase, your attorney will draft a letter of intent (LOI) to indicate …

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The Mistakes You Must Avoid When Buying a Business

From overlooking key issues to making missteps in negotiations, most first-time business buyers make mistakes when buying a business. In …

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The Fundamentals of Buying a Business

Many professionals dream of owning a business. But when they consider the costs of startup, the time that’s required, the …

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How to Connect with the Owner of Your Target Business

Your research, conversations with key industry players, and searches on business listing sites should help you find some high-potential businesses …

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Preliminary Due Diligence: Evaluate a Business for Acquisition

It can be exciting to find a small business that meets your criteria for acquisition. But before pressing forward with …

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Post-Transition: The Actions You Need to Take As the New Owner of a Business

You’ve spent months searching for a business to buy, pouring through financials, negotiating offers, and navigating financing. Now you’ve closed …

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Find a Partner to Buy a Business

Thinking of finding a partner to buy a business with? There are lots of reasons to choose this option. Partners …

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A prospective buyer sits facing a seller, attempting to negotiate to buy a business

How to Negotiate to Buy a Business

Once you’ve found a business that meets your criteria and you’ve vetted it with your accountant and attorney, you'll start …

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A person at a computer considers using his 401(k) for financing his new business.

How to Use 401(k) Financing for Your Business Acquisition

You have many options for attaining the funding you need to finance a business acquisition. But if the idea of …

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Consider Using an SBA Loan to Buy a Business

SBA loans are one of the most commonly used ways to finance the purchase of a business. Named after the …

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Due Diligence for Buying a Business

In the due diligence process, you’ll review the ins and outs of the business you intend to buy. You’ll gather …

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A business buyer connects with two business owners to buy a business that's not for sale

Buy a Business That Is Not for Sale

Lots of business owners get their start by chasing down an idea and building a business around it. Many others …

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Why Choose Asset-Backed Financing?

There are many ways to finance a business. One that few business owners consider is asset-backed financing. Many banks and …

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Grand Reopening: Create the Hype You Need to Make Your First Day a Success

Closing on your new business is a major achievement. Celebrate it by planning a grand reopening event that reintroduces your …

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Which Path to Entrepreneurship Is Right for You?

Thinking of becoming a business owner? There’s more than one way to reach this goal. In this article, we’ll help …

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Smart Play: Buy a Low-Risk, High-Margin Business in a Growing Industry

If want to buy a business, then you’ve probably thought about operating one that’s novel, trendy, or exciting—one that’ll impress …

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Pre-acquisition Action Items: Steps You Must Take Before Buying a Business

Buying a business is a complex process. One of the smartest moves you can make is to spend time studying …

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Smart Play: Offering the Seller an Earnout

Some businesses look risky to buy. Owners make promises that can't be verified, or they make projections that seem too …

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Your Go-to Guide for Financing an Acquisition

The costs of buying a business can be substantial. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to finance an acquisition. In …

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Pro Tip: Set Up an Entity Before Buying a Business

When most people set out to “buy a business,” what they’re really doing is buying a company’s assets. Many are …

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Loans to Consider for a Business Acquisition

Loans are one of the most common sources of capital for funding a small business acquisition. Many banks offer three …

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Evaluate a Business Listing

Businesses listed on business brokerage sites often follow a specific format. It can be great to have this consistency—and benefit from …

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