Q&A for Buyers

What Are The Advantages of Buying an Existing Business?

The main advantage of buying an existing business, versus starting one from scratch, is that there is existing cash flow (presumably, positive cash flow). Beyond that, there are existing processes, people and resources in place from day one. While these aspects may be improved by an in-coming buyer, the fact that they exist in some fashion accelerates the possible ROI opportunities. Additionally, existing businesses are typically easier to finance. One should also consider the potential of buying a franchise, whether…

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How Are Most Main Street Business Transactions Financed?

Business transactions typically entail a mix of buyer’s equity, seller financing, and third party financing.  Which mix is right depends on your personal investment capability, the specific business’ dynamics, and economic trends.  Small Business Administration (SBA) loans are frequently used, as are retirement funds.  Many people don’t realize they can use their retirement funds such as 401ks, IRA’s, Company Pension Plans, etc, without penalty, to start a business – contact your local Sunbelt office to learn more about 401k business…

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How Do I Find Out About Middle Market Businesses For Sale?

Some businesses valued at $2 million plus never even get advertised on the internet. In lieu of mass internet marketing, these businesses typically target select groups and individuals across the country (or even the world). Sunbelt Business Brokers maintain databases of buyers looking for substantial businesses, and utilize our vast global office network for further reach. If you are looking to buy a business valued at $1 million plus, or for a strategic acquisition, we highly recommend you search our…

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How Do I Find Out About Main Street Businesses For Sale?

Most business buyers begin their search process online and many websites exist that advertise businesses for sale. Sunbelt’s website is the world’s largest proprietary database of businesses for sale, representing a wide variety of industries and sizes – from $50k to $50m. Good businesses go fast, so to ensure you get a look at the best business for sale, we recommend 1) signing up for a BizBuzz email alert and 2) connecting personally with your local Sunbelt office owner. Once…

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