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Looking to Immediately Purchase an Existing Ecommerce Retail Business.

I prefer that the Ecommerce retail business be based on a "drop ship" model. It will have a current cash flow - seeking at least $3-4K net monthly, and will have documentable ongoing sustainable traffic. Prefer that seller can carry back some paper, and provide suitable training as agreed to between seller and buyer. We are looking to close by month's end. Reply to arcspace77@hotmail.com

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Jun 6, 2017
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B G
Caerus Holdings
Clark County, NV

Hi, Buy-A-Company

It sounds like a interesting opportunity. I can't go quite that high at this point, though. I took a look at your other listings as well but could not find a model/price that fit well. If you're aware of any other opportunities let me know.

Jul 25, 2010
Buy-a- Company

Well, this particular company can be purchased for 3x cash flow ($100k x 3 = $299k). In business 25 years, so it has all the requisite customer list, organic traffic, efficient operations, history, tax returns, etc. Had head-to-toe IRS audit for 2006-2007, so the numbers are real. I can say that there have been several offers at $250k, and they were rejected (2.5x is just too low for a company with these strengths).

Should be everything a buyer is looking for.

Jul 24, 2010
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B G
Caerus Holdings
Clark County, NV

Hi, Buy-A-Company

Yes, valuations are tricky. I don't really use one method over another because no one method works for everything. For instance, brick and mortar businesses need to be valued completely differently than, say, online retail drop ship sites. That could be where some people get confused... for instance, valuing brick and mortar at 2 or 3X net earnings would be way way low whereas using that valuation for an online retail site might work (although, then again are there valuable customer lists? trained employees? warehouse space for inventory? is traffic organic or ppc generated?... all of these will affect value).

I've heard that bizbuysell's database of sold properties suggests a multiple of 3X net annual earnings. But again, that's relative... some sell for more, some for less. In the end it comes down to what a willing seller and buyer agree upon between themselves...

Jul 24, 2010
Buy-a- Company

Just for grins, I went to that valuation website. Used their recommended spreadsheet for one of the businesses in the links I sent below. Output for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009:

Earnings Available for Common Stockholders $121,580 $87,198 $98,342 $60,785

2009 was a slow year, but the business is back to normal now.

That site lists many spreadsheets for valuation purposes. Which do you use? I am always curious to hear people's valuation metrics.

Jul 23, 2010
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B G
Caerus Holdings
Clark County, NV

Hi, Buy-a-Company

The price I'm open to paying will depend on a number of factors. Here's a site I refer to in calculating a payment price... http://www.experienced-people.co.uk/1058-due-diligence/valuing-websites.htm. The higher the monthly net, of course, the higher the payment price...

As far as a down payment, one common method is a refundable 7 day 20-25% down. Buyer has 7 days to decline to go forward. If he moves forward, then the remainder of the agreed upon payment price is due. So, essentially if you ignore the 7 day window, it's a full cash deal for seller.

I do like to see Seller carry some paper back. That tells me Seller has confidence in the sustainability of the business because he'll suffer too if the business fails.

Basically, I'm looking to structure a deal that will work well for both Seller and Buyer. Whatever terms will do that I'm open to.

Your example of a company owned facility with a single employee in charge of shipping is an interesting one. I have been looking for a straight drop ship type arrangement (with no employees), but another party also asked about this (he's getting married, wants to sell the business to raise money for that, and then continue to work for the business after).

That starts getting into an entirely different business structure (employees, inventory, storage, etc) and so I'm not sure I want to do that at this point. On the other hand, I consider myself to have strong management skills... and if the product itself is a knockout, it could make sense. I'd certainly be open to learning more.

As for as web page programming skills, I'm easily able to work the back end of most e-store systems to introduce new product, change out old, etc. I do not have any actual programming skills, though, and don't wish to learn any. To the extent that expertise was needed, I would hire out for for that. Similarly, for employee type functions (customer service, etc). I'm hoping to build up to about 5 related product websites, and so having quality people around me to "source" these things to will be important to me. My time basically needs be spent where it makes the most sense... on managing (product lines, vendors, etc) and marketing.

Buy-A-Company, I hope the above helps and gives you a sense of what I'm looking to do. As mentioned, I'm actively looking for a suitable property(s), and so any ideas you think may fit (including the employee based possibility), I'm interested in learning more about. I have placed a self-imposed deadline on myself of the end of the month (July) to purchase so I'm very open to any and all possible solutions...

Jul 22, 2010
Buy-a- Company

Just curious, BG...

For a company with $4k/mo net monthly, documented, what price are you looking to pay? Down payment? Terms? What if it's $8k/mo?

What if the product is not drop-shipped, but shipped from a company-owned facility with a single employee in charge of shipping?

Do you have solid web page programming skills, so you can maintain the company presence?

Jul 22, 2010
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B G
Caerus Holdings
Clark County, NV

Do any of the drop ship businesses have a documentable existing cash flow as outlined in my initial criteria?

Jul 22, 2010
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Cook County, IL

B.G. Stating the obvious is not out of line, defamatory, or liable. You were looking to purchase a business without funding, you are using initials, you are new to this board. These are TRUE statements verified by myself and others on this board. Perhaps you need to look up the meanings of these words before you call someone a liar. I do have businesses for sale that are drop ship models, however, the sellers want the buyer to put in their own money and do not wish to take on the risk of carrying a note in case the buyer defaults.

Jul 22, 2010
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B G
Caerus Holdings
Clark County, NV

Matthew, if you want my name try emailing me. That's why the email address is there. I don't want to continue to belabor this but your comments were totally out of line... and they were defamatory and legally actionable. I really don't care about that but if you go onto other threads and start stating things which aren't true you're going to upset a lot of people (and possibly get yourself sued in the process as well).

Now, I've been pretty clear about the type of business I'm looking for and the time line involved. Do you have any businesses that might fit the criteria? If so, contact me and let's see if there's mutual interest. If not, do you know of others who have this type of property available? There's an opportunity here for someone...

Jul 22, 2010
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Cook County, IL

Dear B.G., I'm always wary of people who use their initials becase they do not wish to user their real names. And as far as my "belly aching", I've been using this board for quite a long time and since you are very new to this board I will give you some slack and chalk it up to your "lack of experience".

If you are NOW funded, congratulations. You obviously were not funded when you placed your recent ad looking for funding as mentioned by the Buy-A-Company rep and myself. Hopefully, you will find your business and feel more comfortable to use your actual name in any future business endeavors.

Jul 22, 2010
Buy-a- Company

B G,

We are not a business brokerage. The companies are for sale by owner. For details contact them directly using the "Contact Seller" button.

Jul 22, 2010
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B G
Caerus Holdings
Clark County, NV

For the record, I'm funded for the type of property I'm seeking and I and my financial people are looking to close by month's end. If you have something that fits our criteria, send an email. If you don't, and just wish to belly ache, then it's best you just move on to some other thread as you're not welcome here.

Buy-A-Company, I'd like to discuss what listings you have that may fit, but your site does not provide any contact information for you at all (no email address, phone, etc). Please email me so we can arrange to discuss what properties you have that may fit my needs.

Thanks, all, for your responses to date.

Jul 21, 2010
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Cook County, IL

Rebecca, you did contact me, but, at the time you said you were looking to purchase one of my listings. You decided you did not want to purchase, but, wanted instead, to get funding for a particular business. Then, you contacted other brokers and sellers wanting to invest in other businesses, so I'm not sure what you wanted as you apparently did not know what you wanted either and wasted not only my time, but, several others as well.

In addition, the other person I referred to does not have any money and is looking to get funded. He also tried to purchase a business without funds. You have no knowledge of who this person did or did not contact, so speak only for yourself. The person before me knew he did not have money and referred to it in his ad.

My point is, many of us using this message board would prefer someone contact us, once they have a clear idea of what it is they want, instead of having us waste our time on them while they "kick tires".

Jul 21, 2010
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First of all I would like to say that I do have money but the business I was interested in required additional funds. Second of all, I never contacted you to buy any business of yours so how would you know anyway. And lastly, stop making assumptions about people. You don't know what this guy has. Just because he's not interested in your business, doesn't mean that he doesn't have the money. Maybe he just doesn't think you or your business are worth the trouble. If you aren't going to be useful, don't bother responding. No one wants to hear your complaints.

Jul 21, 2010
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Cook County, IL

This person is just like that R.A. or Rebecca Acosta person. Neither of them have any funding, neither of them have any idea as to what they want or can afford to purchase. They'll just have you spinning your wheels for nothing. Don't waste your time.

Jul 21, 2010
Buy-a- Company

BG,

Here is a link: http://www.buy-a-company.com/listing/21001

Another great one if you have the cash: http://www.buy-a-company.com/listing/40001

Not drop-ship, so there is substantially more profit margin.

Fill out the NDA for full details.

Jul 21, 2010
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B G
Caerus Holdings
Clark County, NV

Buy-a-Business... we will put a substantial amount down and/or buy the business outright if it's a good fit. Email me at arcspace77@hotmail.com with what you have.... I'm looking to act by month's end...

Jul 20, 2010
Buy-a- Company

We have a great one, but it nets about double that. What kind of down payment did you have in mind? That's a very important piece of the puzzle if you're seeking financing.

Jul 20, 2010

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