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If you are buying a business for the first time, you will find that buying a business is a unique experience that requires extensive knowledge and skills in a broad spectrum of areas–legal, accounting, banking, financing, understanding of government regulations, especially in areas of environment, safety and employee relations.  You must learn how to obtain and screen leads, how to evaluate and price prospective companies, and how to conduct due diligence. But even highly experienced entrepreneurs who have completed dozens of deals still rely upon professional expertise for certain phases of the process.  Thus expect that even after you learn more about the deal-making process, you will still need to hire consultants to assist you in making a successful purchase.

Buying a company is very demanding because it is an intellectual, pragmatic and emotional process, all in one. It is an intellectual process because to be successful you have to think it out.  It is a pragmatic process because you have to be realistic about the company you are looking to buy, whether it is worth buying, what its real value is, and what it should be priced at. And buying a company, finally, is an emotional process.  Throughout negotiations, beginning with first contact with the seller and continuing through to the closing of the sale, you experience tremendous highs and lows. You must be able to handle both extremes of emotion. You must handle the highs, so as not to reveal your enthusiasm to the seller, and after the lows, to be able to come back and find a solution to the problem that might otherwise kill the deal.  The emotional component holds true even after many deals but you do learn to control those emotions with practice.

Reasons for Buying Your Own Business

Some of the reasons for buying your own business are similar to those of any entrepreneur: to control your own destiny; the personal challenge, making money, the satisfaction of building and running something on your own. Continue reading

The Successful Business Acquisition Process – Step #8 – The Evaluation Process: an Overview

The evaluation process takes places in successive stages or filters as you progress more deeply into the deal.  At any point along the way that you feel uncomfortable with the deal, you should not go through with it. However, be aware that even in deals that go through, extensive problem-solving is often required in order to complete the deal. Continue reading

The Successful Business Acquisition Process – Step #7 – Narrowing Your Search: Matching Broad Criteria of Your Initial Acquisition Plan

The first “filters” for your leads are the initial criteria that you set in your acquisition plan.  Although you will have many more issues to review as information unfolds, it is unpractical to consider much more than the total sales revenues, degree of profitability, and industry, at the start, because this is all the information you are likely to get from most brokers or other sources before having to sign a confidentiality agreement.

Once you sign a confidentiality agreement, you are wise to set up more detailed criteria.  Some of the more common criteria used at this next stage include the location, product line, the reputation of the company, if easily determined, growth patterns for the industry and the company up for sale, more detail about profitability, cash flow and liquidity, and of course, the overall appeal of the business to you, personally. Continue reading