Future Entrepreneur? A Few Thoughts

 

We would all love to be our own boss, to be completely in charge of our own destiny. If entrepreneurship seems somehow out of reach, you should know there are easier paths to business ownership than coming up with a groundbreaking and inspired idea and building a successful and thriving business from the ground up. What follows are a few thoughts for the entrepreneur inside of you – waiting to succeed. 

 

You can skip the build-out and buy existing.

 

The inspired idea would be nice, but it’s not necessary – or the easiest path. Typically, buying a business is a safer bet than building one from scratch. You get to take over as owner of an already built-out location with trained employees and a proven set of operating procedures. This can be a fantastic first step into business ownership because it skips all the disadvantages a start-up will encounter, like establishing a customer base and building cash flow.

 

It is not, however, a fool-proof way to enter the world of business ownership. You need to choose a business that is profitable, or one that has easily-remedied issues that will make it profitable quickly (like customer service issues that could be handled by replacing some of the staff). You need to choose a business that has room for growth, and if it is a retail business, one with inventory that customers still want.

 

Look for something in your wheelhouse.

 

When you are beginning your foray into business ownership a big step is choosing the type of business you will buy. Be very careful with this step because it is where many new entrepreneurs get into hot water. DO NOT buy a business you know absolutely nothing about. If you are someone who has enjoyed the bar-scene for a long time, but you have never spent so much as a minute working in the bar/restaurant industry, then buying a bar is a terrible idea.

 

Look at industries where you have some knowledge or experience, as this familiarity will save you from complete disaster. Taking over a business for the first time is hard enough – you don’t want to add starting from scratch in a brand new industry to the equation.

 

Find the right help.

 

The smartest step any budding entrepreneur can make is to talk to an experienced business broker. That first conversation can tell you what your options are, help you figure out your next steps and get you launched on the path to business ownership. A broker will be an invaluable asset. They can help you find businesses that are right for you, be a buffer during the negotiations between you and the seller, assist you with licenses/permits, help you put together contracts – the list goes on and on.

 

The message here is if entrepreneurship is your goal, there’s really no reason you can’t start planning a way to reach that goal. Talk to a business broker today!

 

Are looking for help with finding the right business for you? Do you have questions about the business buying process? Ask us! Please feel free to leave us a comment or question, and we will be happy to help you on your journey to business ownership.

 

 

 

Michael Monnot

941.518.7138
Mike@InfinityBusinessBrokers.com
5111 Ocean Boulevard, Suite E
Siesta Key, FL 34242

www.InfinityBusinessBrokers.com

 

 

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Why You Need A Transaction Broker: Protect The Deal Itself

Business sales are inherently complex. There are many aspects of the process of buying or selling a business that can be very different from the buying and selling of anything else.

 

If you have bought or sold a home, for instance, the business sale process will seem very foreign. There is usually more money changing hands, more complex financial issues, commercial leases needing to be negotiated, licensing and permitting concerns – the list goes on. How does one navigate this complex process? You employ the services of a professional business broker.

 

 

What is a business broker?

 

They are sometimes also known as transaction brokers, meaning they represent the transaction itself. 

 

Typically each side of the deal will have their own broker, and both essentially represent their party’s part of the transaction instead of representing the people themselves. This is why it is possible to have one broker for both the buyer and seller side of a deal. If both parties can trust the broker involved, having only one person as a go-between can make negotiations less difficult. 

 

Why is the business broker representing the transaction itself a good thing?

 

When a lot of money is changing hands things can get out of control very quickly. Business deals are messy. If the deal starts to go south, as most do at some point in the process, the broker is there to protect the deal. This is different from what an attorney might do in the same situation – an attorney’s job is to protect their client from any and all risk. If business brokers were employed to do the same thing, prevent any and all risk, it would be impossible to get a deal to closing because all business dealings – business sales included – come with a fair amount of risk.

 

The broker or brokers representing the transaction is what gets deals done.

 

Having someone to keep the deal moving is truly helpful, but you should also be able to trust the broker or brokers involved. Your broker is there to help you navigate this incredibly complex process and to help you either successfully sell or successfully purchase the right business for you. A good broker will go the extra mile for their clients because your eventual success as a business owner or seller leads to your broker’s success within a healthy small business market. 

 

Are you thinking of buying or selling a business and want to know more about the role of a business broker in the process? Please leave us a question or comment here, and we will be happy to help.

 

 

 

Michael Monnot

941.518.7138
Mike@InfinityBusinessBrokers.com
5111 Ocean Boulevard, Suite E
Siesta Key, FL 34242

www.InfinityBusinessBrokers.com

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Buying A Business? Commercial Lease 101

You’ve found a great business and are excited to start negotiations with the sellers – but here’s a thought you may not have considered. That’s not the only negotiating you’re going to have to do.

 

When you buy an existing business, you typically are not buying the physical space that the business occupies.

 

Most businesses come with a lease, and that lease comes with a landlord and/or property manager.

 

 

Most landlords accommodate transfers easily, but not all do. Deals can get hung up on the lease when the landlord refuses to grant the transfer or has decided to change the lease terms dramatically. They can also get hung up if you don’t start working on the transfer until the last minute. 

 

The most important thing you can do as a buyer is get your hands on a copy of the current lease as soon as possible, and then deal with any lease issues long before the day you are supposed to close your deal.

 

Once you have the lease, the language you would typically want to see is in the section of the lease that has to do with transfers or assignments of the lease. Does it say something along the lines of “any assignment will not be unreasonably withheld”? If it does, you are probably in good shape. This type of language means the landlord would have to come up with a very good reason to keep from transferring the lease to you.

 

Landlords, for the most part, are concerned with keeping a rental space filled and generating rental income. Some, however, are unwilling to reassign leases (at least initially).

 

This is a part of the business sale process where your business broker will be an invaluable asset. They can act as a buffer between you and a difficult landlord, and can help to negotiate your new lease or the reassignment of the old lease to keep the lease rates reasonable.

 

Another way to keep the lease from holding up your closing is to be forthcoming with your financial information when the landlord asks for it. Most landlords are going to want to see some kind of financial statement that proves you have the capital to keep the business open. It would be foolish for them to rent to a tenant who will be forced to close the business doors only a third of the way through the lease. Some landlords also want to see some kind of resume or work history to show you have the experience necessary to keep the business running and profitable.

 

You should also be aware that in some cases the rental rate will slightly increase from what the seller is currently paying when you get a new lease. You can negotiate a lease extension at the same rate, but eventually your new lease may come with a new rental rate. You will also be responsible for coming up with the deposits necessary for the lease.

 

The message here is your business won’t be much of a business if you can’t get a lease assigned to you for the space. Deal with lease issues early on and the won’t become a big headache in the end.

 

Are you a business buyer who has questions about business leases? Have you had a deal fall apart because of a difficult landlord? Please feel free to leave us a comment or question here, and we will be happy to assist you with any lease questions.

 

 

 

Michael Monnot

941.518.7138
Mike@InfinityBusinessBrokers.com
5111 Ocean Boulevard, Suite E
Siesta Key, FL 34242

www.InfinityBusinessBrokers.com

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Business Sellers: Why It Pays To Be Nice To The Buyer

It can be very difficult to sell your business. It’s a place that’s been your home away from home. You’ve put in your time, your energy and your money and now the time has come to pass on the reins to someone else. If you are selling your business and that person will be a stranger, it can sometimes be very difficult to let go and walk away.

 

Mental preparation is an aspect of the business sale process that most sellers don’t consider – but it can be crucial to getting a deal done. 

 

Why do I need to mentally prepare?

 

Most entrepreneurs and business owners have strong personalities. The type of person who can successfully own and operate a business is a person who has the drive and passion to succeed. As a business owner, you know what it takes. Guess what? Business buyers are entrepreneurs too. They will probably have a strong personality as well. It can sometimes be very difficult to work out a complex deal when the personalities on both sides are equally tough.

 

It can be tempting to let personal clashes between you and a potential buyer escalate – but keep reminding yourself that it will make it easier for you in the long run if you do your best to maintain a positive relationship with a business buyer.

 

 

What if I don’t like the buyer? Why do I have to be nice?

 

It can take a long time to get a business from initial offer all the way through to closing. Think weeks and months, not days. You also need to tack on a training period that will happen after closing, so you will probably have to work with this person for an extended period of time. Another thought? Once the transaction is over, the business brokers are no longer going to be there to act as a buffer. The one-on-one time with your buyer can be excruciating if you aren’t getting along – so it is in everyone’s best interest to keep the relationship amicable.

 

What if I don’t want to stay on and train them?

 

There are very few business transactions that don’t include a training period. The good news is most training periods are only a couple of weeks. It would be foolish for someone to walk in on day one and try to take over without knowing how the business is run. If you have employees or clients, you owe it to them to get the new owner up to speed before you walk away. It can be tough if you and the buyer aren’t on the best of terms, but the transition for your staff and clientele will be far less stressful if it appears that the relationship between you and the buyer is good. So for yourself, the future of the business and the sake of your staff be as nice as possible to the business buyer.

 

How can you stay focused on being nice?

 

Keep reminding yourself why you are selling. Whatever life will look like for you after the sale, keep focusing on that goal. Your time with the business buyer is short – and you can weather the storm. 

 

Are you considering selling your business and are worried about having to hand over the reins? Would you like to know more about how a training period works? Ask us! Leave any questions or comments and we would be happy to help.

 

 

 

Michael Monnot

941.518.7138
Mike@InfinityBusinessBrokers.com
5111 Ocean Boulevard, Suite E
Siesta Key, FL 34242

www.InfinityBusinessBrokers.com

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Could Vs. Should – Buying A Business Without The Right Help

If you’ve ever bought a house or have even just rented an apartment, you know the importance of agents in those transactions. Your real estate agent or your rental agent helped you with locating potential properties, let you in to take a look around, assisted with your purchase or lease contract and was there throughout negotiations. While it is possible to buy a house on your own or rent your own apartment, it’s definitely easier with someone who knows what they’re doing by your side. When it comes to the small business market, the same will be true. It’s going to be much easier with help.

 

Business transactions are inherently very, very complex.

 

If you’ve never been through a business transaction before you are probably going to have an impossibly difficult time navigating everything that needs to happen. That’s where business brokers come in

 

 

A business broker is a transaction agent. Their job is to get a business sale from start to finish. They help buyers by guiding you through from you initial contact all the way past the closing table.

 

Your broker will talk to you about your goals for business ownership, the amount of capital you are able to invest, the areas where you would like your business to be located and your education/experience. Your broker will then help you with your business search, narrowing down the choices based on your feedback. Once you have found a business or two that interests you, you will sign nondisclosure agreements to gain access to the business name and some cursory financials. If you like these businesses your broker can schedule conference calls with the sellers as well as site visits when there are no employees or clients around. Your business broker will then help you write your offer which, if accepted, will become the purchase contract. The business brokers will act as buffers during negotiations between you and the seller – a very important role. They will also negotiate with your future commercial landlord and property manager to ensure you get a fair lease. Your broker will also help you with the licenses and permits required for you to take over as owner.

 

This is a big list – and it would be quite an undertaking for someone who has never been through it before. Very few business transactions go through successfully without help. An experienced and qualified business broker has not only been down this road many times before, but they know where the pitfalls are going to be and can help you avoid them. 

 

The message here? Could you buy a business without a business broker? Maybe. Should you? Definitely not.

 

Are you considering buying a business but aren’t convinced you need a business broker? Do you have more questions about what a business broker can do to help you throughout the transaction process? Please feel free to leave any comments or questions. We would be happy to help!

 

 

 

Michael Monnot

941.518.7138
Mike@InfinityBusinessBrokers.com
5111 Ocean Boulevard, Suite E
Siesta Key, FL 34242

www.InfinityBusinessBrokers.com

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941.518.7138
Mike@InfinityBusinessBrokers.com

5111-E Ocean Blvd
Siesta Key, FL 34242




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