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Brokers in the United States are seeing more buyers and sellers in the business-for-sale market, but list national debt and the potential fiscal cliff as the biggest factors compromising economic recovery.
One alternative to starting a business from scratch is to buy an existing business and turn it around -- a method that may help you redefine your own thoughts of what a "startup" could be.
After a year that saw the market for buying and selling businesses improve, brokers are predicting even bigger gains in 2013, a new study finds.
BizBuySell.com Group General Manager Mike Handelsman on the rise in sales of small businesses.
A successful small business sale begins with a solid grasp of business valuation. Here's what you need to know to set your company at the right price.
Not every great business idea has to be your own. Sometimes it makes more sense to buy an established business get get off the ground running. Here are ten cool businesses for sale right on the web site BizBuySell.com right now.
A looming increase in the capital-gains tax rate next year is fueling sales of some privately-held businesses. Many business owners–mostly founders who could gain a lot from a sale–are looking to close deals before next year, when the maximum tax on investment income is scheduled to rise from 15% currently to at least 23.8% on most capital gains, at least for higher-income households. Many sellers intend to convert their equity into retirement funds or just start anew.
I attended a webinar a few weeks ago called "Best Practices in Buying and Selling a Business with a Focus on Financing." It explored the availability of transactional financing to buy or sell a small business. BoeFly.com, an online matchmaking site that pairs borrowers with lenders presented the webinar. Mike Rozman, BoeFly's co-president moderated the panel with expertise in buying and selling small businesses, financing, appraising and brokering existing franchises.
With today's tight lending restrictions, offering seller financing may be the key to selling your business and earning a big takeaway. Although the economy seems to be improving slightly, tight credit markets mean the days when you could simply get a large check and be done with the sale of your small business are long gone.
The market for buying and selling small businesses is on the rebound, a new study finds. Research from BizBuySell.com, an online business-for-sale marketplace, shows that transactions in the last three months increased nearly 3 percent from the same period of 2011. In total, brokers reported 1,189 closed transactions between July and September.
What's happening in small business today? 1. Super-small-business owners favor Obama. Another day, another political poll about which presidential candidate is favored by small-business owners. Today's poll, released by SohoOS, a free online business-management tool for microbusiness owners and freelancers, says microbusiness owners (those with fewer than five employees or no employees at all) favor President Obama over Republican candidate Mitt Romney.
People selling their businesses are getting more money for them, according to a new report. BizBuySell.com says that the median sale price of transactions that closed in the third quarter was $174,000. That's up from a median sale price of $150,000 in the same period last year. BizBuySell.com is a website where prospective buyers can search for businesses that are being sold.
Businesses in search of funding will have a difficult time finding it the rest of the year, new research suggests. A recent study found that most business brokers are pessimistic regarding the availability of financing in 2012. Nearly 70 percent believe access to funding has not improved since last year.
If you need financing to buy a small business, there's a good chance you'll have to get it from the seller. In a survey of 260 business brokers by BizBuySell.com, one-third said that nearly all sales of small businesses they saw included financing by the seller.
Millions of small-business owners may be delaying retirement to their late 60s or 70s and beyond, in hopes of riding out the sluggish economy and a slump in the sales value of small businesses.
Danny Sullivan dreams of gardening and spending time with his grandchildren, but that's just a fantasy. Retirement is out of his reach, at least for the foreseeable future.
When it is finally time to close a business sale, preparing a closing day to-do list and understanding what will happen will ease the transition. When it is finally time to close a business sale, preparing a closing day to-do list and understanding what will happen will ease the transition.
Small businesses are often used as a measuring stick for the U.S. economy. The more there are–and the jobs they create–the better the economic conditions.
Small businesses are often used as a measuring stick for the U.S. economy. The more there are-and the jobs they create-the better the economic conditions.
Want to start a business but don't want to start from scratch. No problem. There are thousands of businesses for sale right now. The best part is that most of them are established businesses with customers and a solid profit.
When Tom Schramski was selling his small healthcare firm, he joshed that he required “intensive psychotherapy” to cope with the aftershocks. Such was the roller coaster of emotions he confronted during and after what is often a life-changing event.
You rarely make a fortune from running your own business. Most entrepreneurs take just enough out of profits to provide a livable income, plowing the rest back into the enterprise to keep it growing.
The number of small businesses sold over the second quarter dropped for the first time in a year, even as owners lowered their asking prices, according to BizBuySell.com, an online small-business marketplace.
(Reuters) - Jim Angleton did not plan on selling his small financial services business this year, but when a foreign buyer approached with the right offer he went ahead without regrets.
MELVILLE, N.Y., June 25, 2012 /PRNewswire–iReach/ It has been announced today that Tony Calvacca, CBI, president of the New York Association of Business Brokers (NYABB) will be unveiling the new Listing Referral system at the upcoming NYABB one day conference on June 27th in Tarrytown , NY.
San Francisco–Businesses spend more than $35.5 billion a year annually on suppliers and vendors during an ownership transition, according to a study by BizBuySell.com, an online marketplace for businesses on sale.
Balancing marketing plans while trying to keep a small business sale confidential can be tricky. Here's how to target potential buyers quickly and discreetly.
Have you delayed retirement because the recession was preventing you from getting a fair price for the business you worked so hard to build? Have you been contemplating buying another business, but couldn't find the financing? Small business owners in both of these situations have a lot to be hopeful about if BizBuySell's First Quarter 2012 Insight Report is any indication.
Small business owners who put off selling their businesses during a down economy are reconsidering in 2012.
What apps do entrepreneurs love?: The Washington Post lists ten must-have tablet and smart-phone apps for entrepreneurs on the go.
This could be another sign that the small business economy is recovering: Private company acquisitions on business-for-sale marketplace BizBuySell.com hit their highest levels in more than three years, according to data it recently released.
As many as 308,000 jobs were not created last year because business owners who wanted to sell their companies couldn't, according to research by BizBuySell. General manager Curtis Kroeker joins Alisa Parenti in Money, Markets and More.
You've decided to sell your business. Taking the time to examine your choice and the factors that led to it will help you throughout the sale process.
Throw the keys to the buyer, grab a check and hit the exit. That's the expectation of many owners selling their businesses. But it's also an increasingly rare scenario.
Few people have the perspective that business brokers do on just how close some small businesses can come to closing their doors. Transferring business ownership is a delicate process at best, whether the business is sold to a third party or handed off to the next generation. Success can easily be derailed by any number of variables, from financial realities to emotional perceptions.
For 10 years, I've had a successful employee benefits insurance agency. Due to illness, I'm in the process of putting my agency on the market. Other than discussing it with my local networks and colleagues, how should I go about marketing the sale?
An independent florist with a reputation for unusual arrangements, Bloom is a fixture in historic downtown Bentonville, Ark., an area whose rapid growth was recently accelerated by the opening of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
The small-business-for-sale marketplace picked up again last year, for the second year in a row, thanks in part to better business performance.
Sales of businesses with roughly $360,000 in annual revenue rose 3.3% in 2011, according to BizBuySell.com, a San Francisco-based online marketplace for small-business acquisitions. The median revenue for small businesses sold last year rose by 6.7%, its data show.
What's in store for small business in 2012? We asked small-business owners nationwide to tell us what trends and big ideas they think will take center stage next year. Here's what they had to say:
BizBuySell is the Internet's largest and most heavily trafficked business for sale marketplace, with more business for sale listings, more unique users, and more search activity than any other service.