Four Questions You Need to Ask Before Buying a Business

Buying a business is a life-changing decision that should never be taken lightly. Even if you feel like you’ve done all your research and you’re fully prepared to dive in, there could be some basic things that you may have overlooked. It’s important to ask yourself certain questions to see if you’re ready to take on this new role. Here are 4 questions to ask yourself before buying a business to help add to your success.

How Can I Grow This Business?

Potential growth is always something to think about before you decide to buy a business. If it seems like there’s only room for limited growth, this is something you’ll want to have in mind before making your decision. Most sellers will be happy to offer ideas and strategies to help you achieve greater success if you ask them. Working capital should be discussed as well so you’re prepared for any changes that need to be made.

What Should I Know About the Staff?

A business relies heavily on its staff to achieve greatness. You’ll want to know as many details as possible about the staffing situation beforehand. Some questions or conversations to think about would be, how dependent the business is on the current manager or owner, and if the current manager leaves how will that impact the business operations. You’ll also want to know details about the management team’s experience.

What’s Included in This Sale?

You might become so preoccupied with your new business venture that you forget to ask some of the most basic questions. You won’t want to assume that certain things are included in your purchase just to be surprised if they aren’t there later on. Everything should be outlined and documented carefully to protect yourself and your new business. Be sure to ask if real estate, inventory, or specific machinery is included along with your investment.

What Other Assets Will I Receive?

Besides knowing all of the details of your sale, you should also be aware of the assets that you’ll receive. You’ll want to make sure you know all of the details about certain materials such as patents, copyrights, formulations, and software. If the business has any of these mentioned materials they should be included in your sale and if they’re not you should be asking why. The level of success you achieve could be dependent on these materials.

Now that you’re even more prepared with the above questions and conversation starters, Hallmark Business Brokers is here to help you take the next step to buy and grow a successful business. Visit us at 230 S. Tamiami Trail #1 in Venice, or contact our expert team today to get started at 941-445-4726.