Buying a Business for Beginners: What you need to know

by Justin Reisinger 17th of March, 2024
Buying a Business for Beginners: What you need to know
Buying a Business for Beginners: What you need to know

So, you want to buy a business with no previous experience. You are probably looking up “how to buy a business” and presented with a 7-page checklist of the dos and don’ts by an experienced buyer that usually start with;

Step 1: Buy a business.

But as a beginner, the rules are different. The battlefield is unknown, and your enemies are yet to be discovered. You are wondering how does someone who is new to the industry simply “buy a business “? how do they become “business ready “without ever owning a business? As a business broker with years of experience dealing with your every day buyer to someone just dipping their toes in the market; I offer a tailored service and can offer the knowledge you need to buy the right business.

Buying a business can be an exciting and rewarding venture with plenty of growth and excitement, but it is essential to be well-informed before diving in. In my years as a business broker, I have made it clear to all my new buyers of several key factors to consider when purchasing a business to ensure a successful transition and future growth.

Firstly, it is crucial to thoroughly research the industry and market in which the business operates. Understanding the competitive landscape, customer demographics, and markettrends will provide you with valuable insights into the potential for growth and sustainability. 

In the process of becoming “business ready”, you first need to understand the business by analysing market data to draw conclusions on where is best to enter the industry with the highest chance to capitalise. Once a business has been identified, it will prove valuable to also conduct research in the local area and how the geographical location will work as an advantage to your venture.

Additionally, conducting a comprehensive evaluation of the business's financial health is essential. This includes reviewing past financial statements, assessing cash flow projections, and understanding any existing liabilities or debts. Understanding businesses financials allows you to see the businesses placement in the current market and draw justified conclusions on the trajectory of the business once new ownership takes over. Does it show an increasing or decreasing trend in income? Is their substantial profit? These questions will guide you in making the right decision on what business to purchase.

Furthermore, it is important to consider the existing infrastructure and operations of the business. Evaluating the quality and quantity of assets, inventory management systems, and employee capabilities will help determine the potential for operational efficiency and growth.

The businesses internal infrastructure will highlight key operational responsibility that a new owner will need to undertake once appointed, as well as provide a new entrepreneur an operational template to build from.

Lastly, navigating the business world can feel a lot like swimming in the vast ocean with no sense of direction. Get in touch early with a team of professionals who will throw you a life jacket (and a business!). You cannot ignore the professional guidance from lawyers, accountants, and business  advisors throughout the buying process. These experts will provide valuable and tailored expertise and ensure that all legal and financial aspects are thoroughly reviewed and understood. By contacting a business broker, you will receive a helping hand from those in the industry with years of experience and in-depth knowledge of the current market. A broker has the advantage of presenting these important business elements including market data, operational processes, and up-to-date financials to you in a carefully crafted Information memorandum whilst also acting as a middle person between you and the buyer. So, for the question “how does one buy a business?” You first reach out to a broker whose responsibility is to mediate between potential buyers and the seller any interested offers and contracts/ terms.

By taking the time to research, evaluate, and seek expert advice, you will position yourself for success when buying a business. With careful planning and due diligence, you can embark on a new entrepreneurial journey with confidence and optimism, head held high on the battle grounds with valuable knowledge at your disposal; But remember, buying a business is only the beginning of your journey in entrepreneurship, so make sure your starting right by reaching out to a broker that cares about your business’s future by following my guide to buying a business for a beginner, and that all starts with: Step 1: Contact me.

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Justin Reisinger

After completing university, Justin began his career as an accountant and became a CPA. Using his financial background and acumen, he then branched ...

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