BUYING A BUSINESS can consume a lot of time and energy.  Consequently, it is prudent to invest in a lucrative business to ensure that all that effort does not go down the drain.  There are various places where you can look for information about various types of businesses.  Before buying a business, it is imperative that you keep a number of factors in mind.  The reputation of the business is important; to this end, you should ensure that the business you’re planning on buying has a good reputation.  Secondly, you should consider the equipment, inventory and location of the business.

It might seem dumb to mention, but if you don’t have extensive experience in the field in which you’re buying into, investing in a profitable business is vital.  You wouldn’t want to be rescued by a sinking ship would you? While the roles are slightly reversed, the concept is sound. Only invest is a dying business if you know that you can turn it around. Part of this is identifying the current owner’s weakness before you buy. You can’t change problems like the location or the area’s market, but you can change things like customer service, the product line, and management. 

Buying operational inventory, buildings and equipment can help you save a lot of money if you know where to look. The accessibility of the business should also be considered. In this instance, you should consider whether the business is located far away from customers and suppliers, and how much transportation will be required to move your product(s). You should consider whether sales revenue is increasing or decreasing.  Lastly, you should consider the working relationship between you and your suppliers, customers and the bank.  There are different options available for a person wishing to buy a business.  Moreover, you may consider buying a franchise.

After considering the type of business to buy, you should determine how much you should pay for the business.  This typically isn’t the same dollar figure that you have to spend, but sometimes it can be. Before embarking on price negotiations, you should have estimated the value of the business.  This can be done in a number of ways.  The buyer can consider investigating the worth of various aspects of the business, or hire a business broker to do it for you.  Secondly, it is imperative for you to investigate annual reports, financial reports, and intellectual property, e.g. trademarks or patents of the business.  Thirdly, you may take into account other assets of the business, among them quality of employees, reputation and customer lists.

After establishing the worth of the business, you should consider your sources of funding.  There are various financing options that may be available to you; however, you should ensure that you don’t use all of your cash while purchasing the business.   Here’s why: how are you going to pay your employees or fund other operating expenses for the first few months if you spent every penny on acquiring ownership? Another important point worth noting about the purchase is that you should buy the business based on the return on investment and not the price.