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8 Tips on How to Buy a Business

man learning how to prepare to buy a business

There is a myth that buyers don’t need to prepare or know how to buy a business. This is completely wrong. From researching and budgeting to screening and more, there are many critical steps to take to ensure a successful transaction. Below, VR Business Brokers of Charlotte outlines eight of the most crucial steps to take when preparing to buy a business.

How to Buy a Business

If you’re preparing to buy a business, consider all of the following before making any decisions.

  1. If your spouse/partner is not on board, stop wasting your time and stay in your current job. Trust me; it isn’t going to happen without that vital support.
  2. Plan for an appropriate amount of time, energy, and effort to find the right business. This is a process that typically takes six months to two years. Plan accordingly.
  3. Determine your budget and risk tolerance. Work with third parties to get pre-screened for a loan BEFORE you need it if you want to be taken seriously by the seller and broker.
  4. Have your advisors ready. Meet with a transaction attorney and accountant before you make an offer. Discuss with your financial advisor the merits of pursuing business ownership and its impact on your financial planning and goals.
  5. Don’t resign your day job just yet. Read #2 again.
  6. Ask others about their experience in buying a business, what worked and what didn’t in their search.
  7. Stop looking for an absentee run business that will generate six figures. They rarely, if ever, exist. Look for a business that you are prepared to be engaged in full-time, and that will fit your skills and risk tolerance. For some, that means buying an existing business, for others that may mean purchasing a new franchise. Explore all your options; there are many.
  8. Perfect businesses don’t exist. Be prepared to accept a business that is good that you can make great.

Are you ready to begin preparing to purchase a business? Contact the professional advisors at VR Business Brokers of Charlotte. Our team has years of experience helping buyers find their ideal business opportunities. From identifying opportunities to negotiating a deal and more, we are here to guide you through every step of the sales process.


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