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.
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