Selling Your Business, Taxes & Tax Structures

It's already tax time but it is never too early to start thinking about what tax structure you should use when it comes time to sell your business.  A simple, but undeniable, rule of life is that taxes matter and they can’t be overlooked.  Author Tim Fries at The Tokenist has written an excellent and quite detailed overview article on what tax issues business owners need to co

Small Business Anxieties

Small business owners do not have the cushion of IPOs and board members to fall back on. In fact, many of these businesses do not have million-dollar investors knocking on their doors for the latest advancement in tech. Small business owners are everyday people – with common, everyday anxieties. A new year can often feel like a fresh start, but in some cases, it can feel like the beginnings

Closing the Deal: Understanding What to Expect

The road to reach closing is a long and tedious one. As a seller, working with your broker, you have already gone through business pricing, organizing financial documents, and working on the offering package. After all of that, there is still the process of meeting and negotiating with potential buyers with your broker until you have found the right one. Likewise, as a buyer, you have had to work

5 Reasons Why You Should Invest in a Blockchain Technology Businesses

As a business owner or entrepreneur, you may have heard of bitcoin. Whether you fully understand what it is or not, the word is used often in every media platform. You may have heard of its strength, fluctuations, and many financial experts claiming it is the future of finance. There is no doubt that whether or not you fully grasp the use or importance of blockchain or bitcoin, that it is worth re

How to Get the Best Price When Buying a Business

The moment you have found the perfect business to buy, it is time to start the negotiation process. There are strategic steps to take to ensure you are getting the best price. With the guidance of your business broker, buying a business does not have to feel daunting. Consider these five ways to get the best price when buying a business. What are your requirements and limitations as a buyer and

5 Best Industries to Buy a Business Right Now

  Not all industries are created equal and not all industries are worth investing in. As the job market improves and unemployment rates drop - to 3.8% in February 2019, to be exact, your next business investment may just be around the corner. You may have your specific interests, your niches, and your curiosities; however, some of those may be more valuable in today’s market than other

Market Research: What to Look for When Researching a Business to Buy

Following trends is not just about hashtags and designer labels. Market research for entrepreneurs and business owners can make all of the difference when on the hunt for the next big purchase. Market research is conducted to get into the psyche of the consumer - what makes someone more or less inclined to purchase your product or service? Once a business owner understands this, it can improve

How to Assess Goodwill When Buying or Selling a Business

Goodwill, much like it sounds, is a company’s positive reputation. More specifically, business goodwill is an accounting term that describes intangible assets. In essence, a company’s brand name, loyal customer base, good public reputation, and patents, for example. An intangible asset cannot be quantified like sales or property but is just as important in determining a business'

How a Broker Can Help You Make a Good Impression on a Business Seller

The services of a business broker are, typically, enlisted by the seller. From the seller's perspective this is often a real bargain: a professional business broker will weed out the 'tire kickers' to help find the perfect new owner for the business - one that has the right experience, sufficient money and realistic expectations. From the buyer's perspective, however, the bu

How to Buy the Right Business for You

Buying a business is without a doubt a multi-step process. However, the steps do not merely begin at the point of research for businesses for sale or making an offer, but rather, in deciding what kind of business is right for you. There are a number of personal factors to consider when coming to this decision; keep in mind these five factors when picking the right business for you to buy. Lifes

Buying a Business: Is an SBA Loan Right for You?

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is an agency of the US government that supports entrepreneurs and small businesses. It is the duty of the SBA to “aid, counsel, assist and protect, insofar as is possible, the interests of small business concerns.” A major function of the SBA is partnering with banks, credit unions, and other lenders to provide loans for said entrepreneurs and

5 Negotiation Strategies for Buying a Business

When in the market for a new business, the search can feel long and tiresome. The moment the right business to purchase comes along, the next step is to make an offer. That being said, when buying a business, few would advise you to offer what a seller is asking. A broker might advise you to counteroffer to get the best possible deal. In order to do so, however, you need to do your research to e

8 Benefits of Purchasing a Franchise

A franchise is easily defined as a local storefront of a nation-or state-wide business. This means that as a franchisee, a person owns one of potentially many neighborhood versions of a larger corporation (i.e., McDonald’s, Applebee’s and Signarama). Although there is someone who represents the head of the company in a corporate context, a franchisee owns their business. Once the init

Business Transaction Timeline: The Process of Buying and Selling

Whether you are buying or selling a business, there are several actions that are required from both parties. From establishing the price and starting negotiations to reaching an agreement and writing a check, business transactions have a specific timeline. With reputable expertise to advise buyers and sellers, experienced brokers have perfected the buyer/seller timeline. Here are some easy-to-foll

7 Red Flags That Could Be Opportunities When Buying a Business

Buying a business is not a decision you have come to lightly. In fact, the decision to purchase a business is only the beginning of the process. Before signing on any dotted lines, a savvy entrepreneur must do their research. When doing this research, you need to be mindful of certain red flags. However, when researching businesses to purchase keep in mind that some red flags you may see in busine

Steps for Buying a Business

Buying an existing business is often less risky than starting from scratch. The main reason being that the business has already established a customer base, a marketing strategy, employees and cash flow. That being said, the idea of buying a business may seem daunting. Do not let that stop you! There are some clear, and easy steps to follow that can bring you some ease and peace of mind. To be tre

You've Bought a Business, Now What?

Starting your own business can be risky and take years before turning a profit. Generally speaking, buying a business that is already successful, established and profitable at a reasonable price has its advantages. On top of immediate cash flow and avoiding the difficult start-up work, buying a business means you are also buying the existing clients, employees and vendors and have pre-existing goo

Buying a Business: Advice to Guarantee a Smooth Purchase

When you think you have found the right business to buy, the process will begin to get interesting as the excitement kicks in. Because this process can vary slightly for each purchase, it is important to be organized and methodical. You will want to thoroughly investigate all aspects of a business for sale and make certain that the owner’s representations to you about the business are

Profitable Industries for Small Business Owners

Any good endeavor starts with a good idea — and the same is true for small businesses. While profit isn't the only factor for a small business owner to consider, it's an important place to start. Other factors to consider include whether the business matches your interests and skills, and what sort of barriers to entry are required such as licensing or training. If this sounds like

Why You Should Buy an Existing Business versus Starting One from Scratch

If you're looking to purchase a business, you should give serious consideration to purchasing an existing business versus starting your own from scratch. When most people think of starting a business, they think of beginning from scratch and developing an idea to build a company from the ground up. However, starting a business from scratch presents many challenges and some distinct disadvantage

Who is Today's Business Buyer?

American buying trends reveal a lot about who we are and what's happening in the country. Not only is it important to understand the trends but also the people that are driving the trends. Just as American demographics are changing, so is today's business buyer. Transworld brokers consistently keep their finger on the pulse of today's business market to help our clients become better positioned

Are You Ready to Buy a Business?

Once you have made the important decision to take control of your financial future by buying a business, you are bound to have questions about the purchasing process. Although the process of buying a business can be a bit confusing, answering five key questions even before you start your "Buying a Business Checklist" can help you simplify some issues and make the best choices. Am I ready to be

Confidentiality Hacks: How to keep your business sale a secret

[caption id="attachment_831" align="alignnone" width="992"] Confidentiality Hacks[/caption] A large part of the value of any business is linked with its reputation. However, when an enterprise is put on the market, its good name can be one of the hardest things to protect as the sale process evolves. Rumors may begin to circulate once employees, customers, and suppliers notice a sudden interes

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Business

Once you have made the important decision to take control of your financial future by buying a business, you are bound to have questions about the purchasing process. Although the process of buying a business can be a bit confusing, answering five key questions even before you start your ""Buying a Business Checklist"" can help you simplify some issues and make the best choices. How do I decide

Business Buyer Personas: Exploring the Different Types of Potential Buyers for Your Business

There are many reasons why people seek to buy businesses. In this article, we outline the three main types of buyers that prospective sellers are likely to encounter: Individual Buyers, Strategic Buyers and Financial Buyers. Since each of these buyer types comes with their own unique interests and behaviors, understanding their personas and motives can help you maximize the value of your busines

10 Reasons Why You Should Ditch the 9-5 and Buy — Rather Than Start — a Business

From a recognized brand to a proven trading history, find out why an established enterprise is a safer, less stressful route to entrepreneurial success. Is it better to start your own business or buy an existing one? The smart solution is arguably to purchase a proven enterprise and make it your own over time. Here are 10 reasons why doing so it's generally less risky, less stressful and more

Businesses for Sale: How to Find and Buy a Business

There are many search tools available on the web to locate potential businesses for sale. These listings provide a snap shot of the opportunity for the prospective buyer.  Working with a business broker helps potential buyers to not just find an opportunity but also evaluate the right opportunity. Beyond the business listing, here are some core things to look for when evaluating the right busin