How To Find The Right Business To Buy


Owning and operating a business can be a very financially rewarding opportunity. If you are looking for a new challenge; something that will intellectually stimulate your mind, then owning a business is the way to go. 

That aside, the whole process of buying a business is extremely hectic. There are numerous challenges and complications involved, so you need to be very careful in your undertakings and be as fully prepared as you can be. Get as much information as possible about the business for sale. 

Why Buying A Business Can Be Better Than Starting Up One 

1. Goodwill 

Essentially, goodwill is the good name and reputation that the business builds over the years. The business you buy must come with goodwill. Otherwise, the age of the business and its brand will not be valuable. 

2. Financing 

An already existing business will get financing much more easily than one that is just starting up. This is because the financial institutions feel that there is less risk involved. 

3. Growth 

When building a business from scratch, you direct all your energy and resources into making sure the business becomes established. On the other hand, when dealing with an already existing business, all your energy is focused on the weak areas of the business so that they do not hold the business back. 

4. Clientele 

A business that has been operational for quite some time has loyal clients who know what you specialize in. When starting a business from scratch, you will be required to do more marketing in order to get more clients. 

5. Manpower 

After making a purchase, it is very likely that you will also get the employees who were working for the previous owner. This is a great thing because you don’t have to hire and train new employees. They will also have insider knowledge of the business, which will help in getting you up to speed with operations. 

Are You Ready To Buy? 

Before you even start looking for a business to buy, you need to ask yourself several questions: 

- What industry do you want to venture into? 
- Are you qualified to run the business? Do you have any experience? 
- Are you ready to give all your attention to the business? Are you psychologically prepared to spend all of your waking hours on the business? 
- Can you handle the accounts and bookkeeping? 
- Can you handle the losses as they come and still stay sane? 
- Apart from making money, why else are you buying a business? 
- Is the business a hobby? Are you seeking self-fulfillment? 
- Do you have plans in place to deal with your competitors? 

After finding the answers to these questions, you can proceed with finding a business that matches your interests and skills. 

Where Can I Find The Right Business To Buy? 

So many sources exist that you can use to find businesses for sale. Each and every one of the sources has upsides and downside. You can maximize your chances of finding a good business by incorporating several different methods. Here are some good sources that you can use: 

1) Newspaper Classifieds 

This is one of the most resourceful places to find a business for sale. Business Ads can be found in your local newspapers. You might have to keep looking through these lists for a while before you can find a business that you are actually interested in. However, most sellers do not advertise in newspapers because classified advertising is quite expensive. 

Another reason why sellers do not advertise here is that they are worried that if their customers see the Ad it might hurt the business. Another way that this might work is if you advertise yourself as a potential buyer under the “businesses sought” section. Leave your contact information and interested parties will definitely reach out to you.

2) Business Brokers 

You can find reputable brokers from checking the International Business Brokers’ Association list, Google search results, or the telephone yellow pages. Brokers are an excellent way for you to find businesses for sale. 

3) Word of Mouth 

Once you set out on the journey to find a business for sale, put out word in your social circle about your intentions. You can get useful leads about a business that is for sale from your close friends and family, associates, and colleagues. If any of these people know about a serious seller, they will definitely inform you. 

4) The Internet 

This is a great place for you to find businesses for sale. Check websites that deal with facilitating the selling and buying of businesses. Conduct your search using the keywords that specify your local area. For example, if you live in Miami, you can search for “businesses for sale in Miami.” You can use advanced search options to fine tune your results depending on what industry you’re interested in and your geographical location.


I hope you enjoyed this article about how to find the right business to buy instead of starting it from the ground up.

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