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Do I have to keep staff if I buy a small business

When buying a small business do I have to keep the staff

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Oct 5, 2011
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It really depends on the business... Existing customer bases can really be attached to staff that they are used to dealing with, however if you can expand business hours, improve the level of customer experience etc... lots of times you can easily win over your customers when you make a major staff change.

If you have a business that requires customer support, using online software and staffing companies can often reduce your costs, but you need to make sure that you provide a high level of service or it can feel like a downgrade for your client base.

Good Luck with the change over ;)

Oct 4, 2011
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Freedom Business Brokers
Orange County, CA

To answer your question that depends on two factors, 1. How much experience do you have in the business you are buying. 2. To what degree you depend on the employees for carrying out the work..
Sometimes you yourself know that much about the business that you may run by yourself .If you change the staff and you replace with the new one you have to train them.
Without knowing more details about the kind of business and your experience it is difficult to answer
this question.
But as such there is no law that forces you keep the same staff except if it is a part of the purchase contract and you as a buyer signed it in the escrow to keep the same staff. Yet this is a moral and ethical issue rather than a rule of the law (thumb)

Oct 3, 2011
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The BAF Group LLC

In all probability, you do not HAVE to keep the staff; the question is, if you ditch them, do you also lose the expertise they might possess, that you need to keep the place running? And, if it is a bar or restaurant, as an example, if you terminate them, do you also terminate relationships they might have had with regular patrons? You have to ask yourself, if you are buying a profitable business, how instrumental are the employees to the success that the current owner has enjoyed? Are you killing the business you have bought, precisely because it has been successful?

Sep 29, 2011

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