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You already own one business. Are you ready to buy another one?

Many entrepreneurs found businesses based on their ideas and vision, but regardless of what you set out to establish, consumer demands and financial developments can influence changes you make down the road.

It is common to grow your business to the point where you want to expand into another market, or in some cases, you might consider acquiring another company to squeeze out competition. But regardless of what your reasons might be for purchasing another company, there are some things you should consider before buying a business.

Three things you should consider before purchasing an existing business

Before entering into negotiations, you should consider how you can protect your interests; part of your decision-making process will likely include performing your due diligence in researching a company’s history and weighing their current valuation against their growth potential.

Some of the things you should think about before purchasing a business include:

  • Intellectual property. What exclusive rights does the company own for products or processes? And if you buy the company, will those rights transfer to you?
  • Personnel. Will the company culture combine with the business you have developed? How high is their turnover rate? And do you plan to keep the employees of the purchased company on once the change of ownership is complete?
  • Disputes. What kind of lawsuits has the company faced? Do you agree with their existing contracts? And how might any pending regulatory changes affect the business?

Researching a company prior to making a deal can help you protect your interests while you look for new and different ways to succeed. And bringing as much understanding as possible to the table can help you determine not only what a company is worth, but also how you might be wise to proceed.

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