The first job facing many prospective business owners is rounding up the cash necessary to make the purchase.  They may find that banks have made borrowing difficult (or all but impossible), and that even SBA loans have requirements too stringent to meet. One viable option is obtaining financing from the seller; another is to seek help from family and friends.

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The question of whether to sell your business is a difficult one.  It is, no doubt, the biggest financial transaction you’ll ever make.  Yet every successful business owner must face it eventually.

There are several things to consider when selling your business:

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Fast Food? Manufacturing? How about distribution? Small mom and pop shop or publicly held corporate spin-off? Choosing a business to acquire is a lot like car buying—lots of models, lots of colors and a litany of price ranges. Fortunately there are some questions you can ask to narrow down the choices.

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Don’t be greedy.

Sellers deserve a fair price for the years they have spent developing their business.  Be prepared to pay for the goodwill of the business.

Have a good reason to be buying.

Buying a business is hard work!  It takes commitment!  Employees will be counting you. Spend time deciding why you want the responsibility of owning a business.

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