Keeping Appointments When Buying A Business – Why It’s So Important
Posted in Become a Business Owner, Buyers Articles
It might seem insignificant. You had an appointment with a broker for a call or you’re supposed to do a walk through of the business after coordinating with the brokers and the seller. What’s the harm if you let everyone know you can’t make it or if you forget and don’t show?
Keeping appointments is very, very important when you are trying to buy a business. It can make or break your journey to becoming a business owner.
When you buy someone’s business you aren’t buying a simple physical object. You’re buying someone’s blood, sweat and tears. Most business sellers care a lot about who buys their business because they want the business to continue as a success. They want their employees to be happy and keep their jobs. They want the brand they started to continue in the community.
A business buyer can’t just write a check. You need to have an amicable, professional relationship with the seller. You need them to trust you with their business. You need them to train you when you first take over. You need them to negotiate with you.
This is why it’s so crucial to keep all of your appointments in the business buying process.
Consider these thoughts:
Showing up when you said you would demonstrates commitment and professionalism.
When you’re in the process of buying a business, keeping appointments demonstrates your level of commitment and professionalism to the seller, the brokers, your prospective future commercial landlord and the like. It shows that you value their time and take the deal seriously. Consistently showing up (and showing up on time) for meetings and appointments establishes a positive impression, making it more likely that everyone involved will view you as a reliable and trustworthy part of the process.
Keeping appointments helps you build trust.
Buying a business involves a lot of negotiation and collaboration. Keeping appointments allows you to build trust and rapport with the seller. Trust is vital in a successful business transaction. It can lead to more open communication, smoother negotiations and a greater likelihood of finding solutions when inevitable problems arise.
Respecting everyone’s schedule and time can keep the deal on track.
Time is often of the essence in the business buying process. Missing appointments can lead to delays in decision-making, which might allow competing buyers to swoop in with a better offer or the business’s situation to change unexpectedly. Appointments often need to be made by coordinating the schedules of (at the very least) you as the buyer, the seller, the seller’s broker and your broker. Rescheduling this many parties can take a lot of time – time you might not have if something changes. Staying on schedule ensures that you have the necessary information to make timely decisions, helping you seize opportunities before they slip away.
Keeping appointments might seem like a minor detail in the grand scheme of buying a business – but the impact of this simple act can’t be understated. From building trust to making informed decisions, every aspect of the business buying process is influenced by your ability to honor your commitments.
Are you thinking about buying a business and hadn’t considered how important it it to keep appointments? Would you like to know more about why your relationship with the seller is so crucial to success? Ask us! Leave any questions or comments and we would be happy to help.
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Natural Disasters (Like Hurricanes) Shouldn’t Stop You From Buying A Business
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Natural disasters shouldn’t stand in the way of your business dreams, they’re a part of life. If you want to live in a place that has a somewhat regular natural disaster risk (like hurricanes in Florida) you have a couple of ways you can think about this risk if your dream is to own your own business.
Deciding whether or not to buy a business should be made with a long-term perspective in mind. Remember that while natural disasters can cause immediate disruptions, they rarely dictate the long-term trajectory of a business. Also, buying a business that has survived and navigated through these types of challenges in the past showcases its resilience and ability to adapt to adversity.
There’s also the needs of a community that occur in the lead up to and after a disaster like a storm. Businesses that are well-prepared for emergencies (or those that provide essential goods and services during recovery) can experience heightened demand. As a prospective business owner, you can identify these emerging needs and position yourself to meet them.
After a natural disaster there can be a surge in construction, renovation, and related services. If you’re considering a business that caters to these industries (such as construction, disaster response, tree removal and the like) a post-disaster environment might present a unique chance to establish yourself in a market with increased demand.
Another potentially beneficial post-disaster situation? Some business owners might be more motivated to sell due to the challenges they’ve faced. This situation can lead to negotiation opportunities and potentially more favorable terms for you as a buyer. If you’re able to see beyond the immediate setbacks and have a solid plan for recovery, you could end up with a business at a better price.
Experiencing a natural disaster first hand can also teach you a lot. It provides invaluable insights into risk management and preparedness. When looking at businesses in a potentially disaster-prone area, you should consider what strategies you might use to safeguard the business and its operations against whatever mother nature throws your way.
Something like a hurricane can initially seem like an insurmountable obstacle to your business ownership dreams, but it should not deter you from pursuing your entrepreneurial goals. Resilience and adaptability really can turn adversity into opportunity – what defines success is your approach.
Have you always wanted to buy a business in a disaster-prone area but have concerns about what something like hurricane season might mean for you future business? Would you like to know more about businesses that do well in the aftermath of a hurricane? Ask us! Please leave any questions or comments and we would be happy to help.
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The Power Of Practical Experience: Why Business Buyers Should Stay In Familiar Territory
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Practical experience rarely gets the credit it deserves. Aspiring entrepreneurs looking to venture into the world of business ownership really need to follow the age-old adage “stick to what you know” – it can mean the difference between success and failure. Buying a business where you have practical experience offers a multitude of advantages.
Here’s a few:
Practical experience in a specific industry provides buyers with an invaluable understanding of its nuances, trends and challenges. Armed with this knowledge, buyers can make informed decisions and devise effective strategies to navigate the market successfully. This level of insight is often difficult to acquire without hands-on experience in the field.
Buying a business in a familiar domain allows a buyer to hit the ground running. They are already equipped with the skills, know-how and practical experience needed to run the business. This significantly shortens the learning curve and the saves time and resources that would otherwise be spent on learning an entirely new industry from scratch.
Buyers with practical experience are more likely to get approved for a transfer of the commercial lease when a business purchase doesn’t involve the associated real estate. A commercial landlord is going to be far more comfortable with a tenant who already knows what they’re doing.
A deep understanding of an industry also enables buyers to identify gaps and untapped opportunities. Leveraging their practical experience, they can innovate and introduce unique solutions or products to cater to specific market needs. This ability to innovate can give their new business a competitive edge and the opportunity for growth.
Purchasing a business in an industry where you have practical experience is a strategic move that offers you numerous benefits. Beyond the familiarity and knowledge of the industry, you walk in with a competitive advantage and a head start in business operations.
Have you always wanted to own your own business but didn’t think about choosing one in an industry you already know? Do you have questions about what businesses currently available would match with your practical experience? Ask us! Leave any questions or comments and we would be happy to help.
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Unlocking New Opportunities: How Business Sellers Can Benefit From Immigrant Entrepreneurs
Posted in Sellers Articles, Visa/Immigration
As the global marketplace continues to expand, business sellers have a unique opportunity to tap into a large pool of motivated and ambitious buyers – immigrant entrepreneurs.
The E2 Visa and EB-5 Visa programs offer a pathway for foreign investors to obtain residency in the United States through entrepreneurship and business ownership. While not all small businesses will meet the qualifications for these visa programs, many do. Talk to your business broker about your business to see if it would work for someone looking to fulfill the requirements for an entrepreneur visa.
Utilizing the E2 and EB-5 Visa programs allows business sellers to widen their potential buyer pool significantly. Immigrant entrepreneurs seeking to relocate to the United States often prefer to invest in established businesses rather than starting from scratch. By considering visa applicants as potential buyers, sellers increase their chances of finding motivated individuals willing to invest in an existing business with a proven track record.
Another benefit to business sellers? Immigrant entrepreneurs participating in the E2 or EB-5 Visa programs are often more decisive when it comes to making a business purchase. As these individuals have specific visa requirements to fulfill, they are more likely to expedite the buying process to meet the necessary deadlines. This increased sense of urgency can speed up the sale and ensure a smoother transition for the seller and the business – even when taking into account delays that can happen because of the necessary bureaucracy when dealing with consulates and immigration officials.
Business sellers may find that immigrant entrepreneurs are also willing to offer more favorable terms during negotiations. For these individuals, securing a successful business is often tied to their immigration status, making them more willing to meet the seller’s asking price or agree to specific terms. This mutually beneficial arrangement can lead to a win-win situation for both parties involved.
For small business owners looking to retire or move on to other ventures, the E2 and EB-5 Visa programs offer an ideal solution to ensure the continuity of their business. By selling to an immigrant entrepreneur, sellers can preserve their business’s legacy and ensure that their hard work and dedication continue to flourish under new ownership.
How? Immigrant entrepreneurs bring with them a wealth of diverse perspectives, experiences, and skills. By selling their business to someone from a different cultural background, sellers open the door to fresh ideas, innovative strategies, and potentially new international markets. Embracing diversity can lead to growth opportunities and increased competitiveness for the business in the long run.
Business sellers stand to gain significant benefits by considering immigrant entrepreneurs as potential buyers for their small businesses. Beyond just a financial transaction, this presents an opportunity for sellers to leave a lasting impact on their business and contribute positively to the American entrepreneurial landscape. Ask your business broker if your business would qualify a visa for the global community of business buyers.
Are you thinking about selling your business and haven’t thought about the immigrant entrepreneur buyer pool? Would you like to know if your business would qualify for the E2 or EB-5 Visa programs? Ask us! Leave any questions or comments and we would be happy to help.
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The First Impression – Preparing The Physical Location Of Your Business For Sale
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First impressions matter. When it comes to selling your business, the optics and condition of your physical location will play a pivotal role in making a lasting impression on potential buyers. If you are serious about selling your business you need to ensure that your physical location looks its best.
Here are some thoughts on how to get it ready:
The first step in preparing your physical location is to ensure it is clean, well-maintained and aesthetically pleasing. Consider investing in a thorough deep cleaning of the premises – including floors, walls, windows and all equipment. Address any necessary repairs such as leaky faucets, broken lights or chipped paint. A well-kept location reflects positively on the overall state of your business. Why? If you’ve let aesthetic issues slide it can make buyers wonder what else you’ve ignored.
You might be a horizontal filer and know where everything is in the piles of junk littering the corners of your business – but when the time comes to sell you have to understand that a cluttered and disorganized space can be a major turn-off for potential buyers. Streamline your physical location by decluttering areas, removing unnecessary items and organizing storage spaces.
Take some time before your business is listed to create a comprehensive inventory of all assets and equipment included in the sale. Provide detailed information about their condition, age and any warranties or service agreements. This documentation gives buyers a clear understanding of the tangible assets they will acquire, and this mental inventory of what you’re selling can help you see what needs cleaning and/or maintenance before buyers come through.
Don’t forget that it’s not just the inside of the business that matters. Curb appeal can significantly impact a potential buyer’s perception of your business. Invest in exterior improvements like landscaping, fresh paint and well-maintained signage. A visually appealing exterior has the same effect that a well-maintained interior does – it tells buyers that you take good care of all aspects of your business.
Getting your business’s physical location ready for sale requires careful attention to detail and a focus on presenting the space in its best light. A clean, organized and visually appealing space enhances the overall perception of your business and its potential.
Have you considered selling your business and want advice on what you need to fix or replace before you list your business for sale? Do you have questions about what types of feedback buyers give after seeing physical locations for the first time? Ask us! Leave any questions or comments and we would be happy to help.
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