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Buying a business? Consider these 3 tips

On Behalf of | Mar 7, 2020 | Firm News |

Baton Rouge Legal Blog

You have always wanted to start a business of your own, but you weren’t sure where to begin. That is why you were so excited when you found out about a local business that was trying to sell. You know that it’s profitable, and you want to take over.

Knowing what you want is important, but there are other factors to consider before you make an offer on a business that you’re looking at. Here are some helpful tips you should think about.

1. Don’t settle for the first business you see: Do your research

The first tip is to start doing your research. You may be surprised to find that there are multiple businesses for sale in your area and that you can get one that is even more profitable or in a better location for a fairer price.

2. Know how you’re going to fund the purchase

The next thing you need to do is to think about how you’re going to afford the business. Many businesses will be more expensive than an average person can pay for easily, so look into options like financing or venture capital. You may also be able to take out a business loan, depending on the specifics of the situation.

3. Work with your attorney to put together a great sales agreement

Next, you need to speak with the owner of the company and negotiate the terms of the sale. If you have the funds to make the purchase, then the only thing left to do is to work out an agreement. This contract is going to be binding, so it is essential that you work with your attorney to make sure it’s not ambiguous and that your rights are protected even after the purchase. Making mistakes with the sales agreement could be costly.

Taking the time to get to know the kinds of businesses that may be well-worth your efforts and knowing how much you can spend will help you make good decisions about where you’re investing your time and money. Once you know what kind of business you want to buy, it’s time to make sure your contract is fair and that you are protected. You need to understand every step of the process for buying the business, so that you know that you’re buying the assets you need to continue to allow the business to prosper well into the future.