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What to consider when buying a business

| Jan 29, 2018 | Buying & Selling Businesses |

North Carolina entrepreneurs who want to run a business may decide to start one from scratch. However, they also have the opportunity to purchase an existing company. Regardless of what a person chooses, it is important to first consider the type of enterprise they want to run. For instance, an individual may choose to invest in a franchise opportunity or start a consulting company.

Those who are thinking about buying an existing business should complete their due diligence. Ideally, an individual who is interested in buying a company will enlist the help of an attorney and accountant. This may help the entrepreneur to get a better perspective as to the company’s ability to generate revenue now and into the future. Legal counsel may be helpful as it relates to creating a purchase contract.

Anyone who wants to buy a business should be sure they have enough capital do so. Doing a financial assessment may make it easier to create a feasible plan to buy a company. For instance, those who may not have enough cash to buy the business outright could make a down payment and then give the owner a percentage of future revenues. Avoid using retirement savings to fund a business purchase if at all possible.

Purchasing a business can have long-term financial ramifications for the buyer and any potential business partners. Therefore, it may be a good idea to consult with an attorney and other professionals prior to closing on the deal. It might also be wise to review the business’ previous sales history or any other information that may help determine future success.

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