Congratulations on your decision to purchase a business! Buying an existing company is an excellent way to get into business ownership without the strenuous early years associated with starting and building an organization from scratch. As you may have heard, the process of starting a business can be very time and labor intensive. The early years are often full of trial and error. You learn through the little successes and mistakes along the way. Given this fact, it’s no surprise that many business owners prefer to skip that stage and buy an established business. If your goal is to buy a business, this guide will help you understand the five major milestones in buying a business.