When most people think about entrepreneurship, they think of starting a business from the ground up. This requires having an idea and building upon that idea until it becomes a viable business opportunity.
This, however, is not the only way to get into business. Individuals can also seek to buy an existing business. Those who are already in business may refer to this process as an acquisition.
Before purchasing a business, though, many things must be taken into consideration. To start, an individual needs to carefully analyze what it is that he or she wants in a business. By establishing concrete terms, such as location, size, and the type of business, an individual can narrow the search and better be able to identify those businesses that fit his or her needs. Next, of course, an individual needs to seek out businesses that meet that criteria.
Once potential businesses are identified, then the legwork of examining it must be undertaken. Through this process, an individual can learn more about each business's financial information. This, in turn, makes it easier to determine if the business is a profitable venture and, if so, what purchase price may be appropriate. This process usually includes meeting with the current business owners.
After a thorough assessment of the business's assets, liabilities, financial forecast, and human resources, an individual can consider making a purchase offer. There can be a lot of negotiating during this phase of the process, so it can take a considerable amount of time. However, given how long it takes new businesses to become profitable, the amount of time needed to purchase an existing and well-established business may seem miniscule.
Deciding whether to purchase, acquire, or sell a business can be an overwhelming process. The truth of the matter is that there is often a lot at stake. Accepting a bad deal can set one back considerably, financially speaking. This is why it is usually advisable that those who embark on these missions seek help from a qualified business law professional.