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Finding a Business For Sale

Updated: Dec 13, 2023

Back in November, I offered some suggestions on finding a veteran-owned business for sale. Here are a few more ideas if you’re looking to buy an existing business. Try all of these. You’ll learn all about this in the VETtoCEO Business Accelerator. One of the important parts is to know what you are looking for.

1. Work with a business broker. A business broker is a professional who helps buyers and sellers of businesses connect and negotiate. A business broker can save you time and money by screening potential businesses, providing market information, facilitating due diligence, and handling the paperwork. A business broker can also help you find businesses that are not publicly advertised, as some owners prefer to keep their sale confidential. To find a reputable business broker, you can check the International Business Brokers Association or ask for referrals from your network.

2. Use online platforms. There are many websites that list businesses for sale by industry, location, and price. Some of the most popular ones are BizBuySell, BizQuest, and FranchiseGator. These websites allow you to browse thousands of listings, compare different opportunities, and contact sellers directly. You can also sign up for email alerts, create a buyer profile, and access useful tools and guides. However, be aware that not all listings are verified or updated, so you should always do your own research and verification before making an offer.

3. Leverage your network. Sometimes, the best way to find a business for sale is to ask around. You can start by talking to other business owners in your area or industry and see if they know anyone who is selling or planning to sell their business. You can also join the local chapter of entrepreneur groups, such as BNI, Entrepreneurs Organization, or visit your local Chamber of Commerce and attend their events and meetings. These groups can help you expand your network, learn from other entrepreneurs, and discover new opportunities. You never know who might have a lead or a referral for you.

Finding a business for sale can be daunting, but with the right strategy and resources, you can find the perfect opportunity for you. Remember to be clear about your goals, criteria, and budget and to do your due diligence before making any decisions. Buying a business is a big commitment, but it can also be a rewarding and profitable venture. Once again, you’ll learn all about this in the VETtoCEO Business Accelerator. Good luck!

I hope this helps you find the right business for you!

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