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3 things you should do before buying a business

If you would like to become an entrepreneur, but you do not have a groundbreaking idea that you want to pursue, your best bet may be to purchase an existing company. You can avoid some of the beginning stages of business creation and implementation, making it easier to focus on profit based on an already established history.

While buying a business often requires more funding up front, it is completely doable if you keep the following things in mind.

1. Consider a franchise

Those new to entrepreneurship may benefit from purchasing into a franchise first. This model provides familiarity and brand recognition, but it does not allow for as much control from the franchisee, since the franchisor often has numerous requirements that you must meet.

2. Complete all due diligence

Whether you decide to pursue a franchise or an existing business, you need to complete due diligence before making any final moves. Working with a team consisting of a business broker, an acquisitions attorney and an accountant, go through a full evaluation to ensure that the business has the correct valuation and is in good financial shape.

3. Make sure contracts are airtight

There are specific laws and regulations related to businesses that typically require specific contracts. Having the right documents in place protects both you and the seller from potential liability. It is important to take your time to make sure you understand everything you are signing, so be sure to include your legal and financial team before making any moves.

Purchasing a business can simplify the process of becoming a business owner, but it requires that you do your research and obtain help when necessary before completing the process.

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