It seems exciting to buy a business because you do not have to begin from scratch. It is also important to remember that buying a business has some risks. You should find out about the status by finding an accountant or auditor to examine the financial performance before you agree to buy. The factors below will give you guidance on whether to buy a business.
Investigate all aspects of financial status
Before buying a business, investigate more than just the earnings and expenses. It is essential to focus more on the liabilities and know how many of them will fall on to you if you acquire the business. Tax is another significant thing to think about lest you fall into trouble with the authorities. Check the Tax and Vat status to know if everything is up to date. If there is unpaid vat, determine if you will be the one to pay or the owner will pay before selling the business. Keep digging up the financial facts about the business until you get fully satisfied. If there are undesirable elements, just leave it. There could be more than meets the eye.
Determine the real reason for selling the business
Do not rush to buy a business before you know the owner is selling. The safest businesses are those on sale by owners who have decided to retire. There are high chances that the business has been running smoothly especially if the seller has been running it for many years. It is a sign that the business has been making profits and still has a good number of loyal customers.
Avoid businesses that are being sold by owners who have been at it for just a short period. Unless there is another good reason to sell it, chances are that the business is hard to run therefore does not make enough money or even worse, it could be making losses. Only consider to buy a loss making outlet if the owner sells at knockdown price. Even then, you should be sure that it has ability to start making profits for you. If there are no strong pointers that you will get return on investment, it is better for you to start a new business.
Determine the advantages you will derive from the new business
Do an analysis of your new business to know what you will derive from the business. Weigh it against the reasons why you are interested in such business. It could be better income, more independence or shorter working hour. If the business does not meet your desires, then it will be better to look elsewhere. Owning a business should be a rewarding experience but not something that gives you constant headaches.
You should also know whether you are fit and competent enough to run the new business.
If the financial records of a business on sale are in order, find a good a lawyer to help you in drafting a sales agreement.