When Your Parent’s Path Isn’t Your Path – An Important Conversation For Entrepreneurial Kids

Sometimes parents will buy or start a business because they hope to leave their children a legacy; the legacy of multi-generational business ownership. What happens if the children of those parents dread the idea of having to take over their parents’ business? The time for that difficult conversation is always NOW. If you are the child of business owners, ask yourself these questions:



Did you grow up working in the family business, but always dreamed of doing something else?

Would you only take over the family business out of a sense of duty or guilt and not because you really want to?

Have you had this conversation with your folks?


If any of these questions resonate with you, then perhaps it is time for you (and your family) to take a good look at what the future of you, your family, and the business hold.


Some things to consider?


If you would only take over the family business because you feel like you are bound by a sense of duty, then that decision would probably be a mistake. Businesses are a life-encompassing affair, and as the owner your heart really needs to be invested in the success of the business if it is going to continue to succeed the way it did when your folks were running the place. We frequently see small businesses falter when the second (or third) generation takes over without the same amount of drive.


If you have passion in another industry, then instead of sacrificing your goals to step into the family business role the family tradition of entrepreneurship can continue by selling your parent’s business when they are ready to retire, and then take the proceeds to invest in a business venture where you will have the passion and drive to continue the family legacy.


These considerations are important, and the conversation needs to happen sooner rather than later.


If you are the parent in this situation, you need to be honest with your kids about your expectations long before it is time for you to step down as owner. Although you may love your business, your kids might not, and it would be a far more productive legacy for all your hard work if you invested in a business where your children would be willing and able to succeed.


Do you own a family business and are concerned that your kids don’t want to follow the same path? Are you the child of a small business owner who likes the idea of staying within a family of entrepreneurs, just in an industry where you have passion? Talk to us! Leave a comment or question, and we can help you decide what would work best for your family and your legacy.




Michael Monnot




Don’t Be “That Guy”: How To Be A Buyer Who Gets To The Closing Table

Small business sales can fall apart for a multitude of reasons. Any time you are contending with what may be someone’s life’s work and large amounts of money changing hands – there are bound to be challenges. The problems arise when those challenges are more than the deal can take. When that happens, no one ever makes it to the closing table.


As a business buyer, you may find that some reasons for deals coming undone have little to nothing to do with you, like if a seller suddenly decides they’d rather not sell, but there are some common issues that have everything to do with your end.


Sure, buying a business is a huge investment, both of time and money, but a ridiculously over-cautious, inflexible and inexperienced buyer can sink a business transaction as fast as an unwilling seller. The key is balance and understanding.



Before you get anywhere near a closing table, you may need to do a fair bit of introspective thinking. Do you really want to buy a business? Sure, owning your own small business is the American dream, but it is not always the easiest way to earn a living. Entrepreneurs can work long and intense hours, so you need to be sure that you are ready for that part of being your own boss. If you have done the requisite self-reflection, now it is time to go looking for the right business for you.


This may seem like a silly thing to point out, but you should choose a business that is going to suit you in terms of expertise and ability as well as one you actually like. Buyers might think they want to move to a completely different industry from where their experience lies, only to find that they are overwhelmed by the prospect of essentially starting from scratch in a business they don’t fully understand. An example would be an ill-prepared entrance into the restaurant business where a former accountant suddenly decides to buy a bar without ever having worked in one. Avoiding this pitfall is easy, pick something that matches your expertise. This is a great time to employ the services of a business broker to help you figure out what businesses would be right for you in terms of how much you are looking to spend, what kind of hours you are willing to work, and what would suit your knowledge base.


Once you have found the right business, make a serious offer. Buyers who lowball sellers just to see how steep of a discount they can get will only end up insulting the seller past the point of no return.


Do your due diligence once you have a business that you are serious about buying, but realize there will be limits as far as what will be available to you. For instance, sometimes buyers ask for the same information over and over again, or buyers demand to meet all of the key employees before it is appropriate to do so. All this does is upset the seller. Lean on the expertise of your business broker to ensure you are getting what you need without unnecessarily overstepping your bounds


The moral of the story is you will need to be cautious (as you should be when you are making such a big purchase) but not at the expense of a great opportunity. Any business is going to come with a fair bit of risk. 


Are you thinking about buying a business but have questions about the process or what business might be right for you? Ask us! Leave us a comment or question here and we will be happy to assist you.




Michael Monnot


Baby Steps With Your New Business: Why Big Changes Are A Big Mistake

When you are looking at businesses to buy, it can be very tempting to assume that the reason the business isn’t making record profits is an apathetic seller. What many budding entrepreneurs fail to realize is while it can be the case that a business could do much better with a fresh and motivated owner, running any business on a day-to-day basis is very hard work.


An existing business is open because of the system that the current owner has in place – and in many cases changes that could bring more profits are not made simply because there is no money or time to do them.


What can happen when a buyer is over enthusiastic about “revamping” a business? They walk into a business that is currently functioning and profitable, and (without trying to understand how the business works and what is keeping the doors open) gut the current system and try to implement one of their own. This is an enormous mistake.



As a buyer, you need to take the time to learn the business as it currently exists and give yourself the time to figure out what is currently working and what is not long before you try to implement any changes.


Another typical mistake is to completely renovate a space before you have a clear picture of what really needs to be changed aesthetically and what can remain as-is. By undergoing a major renovation, many new business owners blow through all of their working capital and end up in the hole financially before they even know how to make the business turn a profit.


The message here is don’t be one of these buyers. Don’t fix what isn’t broken! Instead, learn your new system and slowly implement changes only after you are absolutely sure that they are necessary and only when you have more than enough capital to cover them.


Are you a business buyer who wants a business that needs a lot of changes so you can make it all your own? Do you have questions about what kinds of changes are necessary and which ones can wait? Ask us! Please leave us a comment or question here, and we will be happy to help you.




Michael Monnot




Does Your Broker Care About Qualified And Informed Buyers? They Should

The process of buying and selling businesses can be a bit frustrating. There are rules and procedures in place that ensure the for-sale status and proprietary information of a business on the market only ends up in the hands of the people it should. Those rules and procedures rely on vetting potential buyers and then having buyers who are qualified sign the appropriate nondisclosure agreements (NDAs).



Here’s how it typically should look. A buyer calls a business broker and has a conversation about their goals for business ownership, the capital they have ready to invest and their past experience. The broker then uses that information to put together a few listings that look like they might match. If a listing or two catches the buyer’s eye, they sign the NDA for that business in order to find out more (like the location, basic financials, etc.). If they like what they see, they will then coordinate a conference call or face to face meeting with the business seller to ask questions. After a few of these meetings/calls a site visit might be scheduled before or after hours when the staff and customers won’t be around. If a buyer is interested they can submit a purchase offer and negotiations can begin.


Notice something? The sale of a business is complicated, requires a lot of steps and a lot of time. If the brokers involved are doing their job the buyers who enter this complex and time consuming process are both aware of what they’re looking for and actually able to buy the business in the end.


Here’s what you don’t want. A broker who will send you dozens of NDAs to sign without ever speaking to you, meaning you end up wasting your time looking at businesses that would never meet your goals. A broker who will bring a parade buyers through your business for site visits that could never afford to actually buy your business. A broker who will entertain the whims of a buyer who doesn’t have the practical experience necessary to qualify for a SBA loan or that your commercial landlord would immediately reject.


A broker who asks the right questions keeps a deal on track and keeps from wasting everyone’s time. You want a broker who actually talks to buyers. You want to be (if you’re a buyer) and want to work with (if you’re a seller) a buyer who understands the process, knows what businesses will actually fit with their goals and has the money necessary to get a deal to closing. 


The message here is you need to ask any broker you work with questions and you need to keep an eye out for red flags. If you’re a buyer a broker should be asking you LOTS of questions before they send you any NDA. If you’re a seller your broker should only be bringing you buyers who are qualified and would be successful future owners of your business. 


Are you looking at businesses to buy and haven’t had a broker yet who asked you a single question? Are you considering selling your business and want to know what type of buyer would be a good for your business? Ask us! Leave any questions or comments and we would be happy to help.




Michael Monnot




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