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Purchasing an existing business

On Behalf of | Feb 21, 2019 | Buying & Selling Businesses |

Some North Carolina entrepreneurs may want to consider purchasing an existing business. This can be an ideal option for people who don’t have a good idea for a new business or simply don’t want to create a business from scratch. However, there are certain factors they should carefully consider before purchasing an existing business.

Since the financial viability of a business is important, prospective buyers should examine the profit and loss records, a history of prior sales and any patents and copyrights that may come with the purchase. If the business has not been faring well, having this information can be useful when thinking of ways to generate improvements.

Another factor to consider is why the owner wants to sell the business. It is commonly believed that the founders of businesses tend to want to sell when those businesses are not doing well financially or when there is something else wrong about the market. In reality, founders often decide to sell the businesses they created because their lifestyles are no longer compatible with the work.

There are a number of reasons why purchasing an existing small business can be less risky than building one up from nothing. The existing business will already have many features in place, such as equipment and inventory, employees who will not need to be trained, existing customers, a location and more.

A business law attorney could work to protect the rights and interests of a client who is buying or selling a business. The attorney can help create a legal entity under which the existing business will be operated. Counsel may also be provided during certain business transactions to ensure legal compliance.