December 24, 2015
BizBuySell, which bills itself as the largest marketplace for buying and selling businesses on the Internet, has conducted a recent survey which showed that a notable percentage of business owners are selling their businesses due to the rising cost of health care.
December 22, 2015
The number of small businesses changing hands is on the rise, new research finds. Overall, 66 percent of business brokers experienced an increase in the number of small businesses bought and sold in 2015, compared to just 14 percent who saw a decrease in such activity levels, found BizBuySell.com, an online marketplace for buying and selling small businesses.
December 20, 2015
Baby boomer business owners will be retiring in droves over the next decade, and whether an owner wants to pass on the business to a family member or sell to key employees or a third party, the process will be much easier with some planning.
December 11, 2015
For Millennials ready to take on small business ownership, buying an already established business can be a quicker and less risky route to success than a start-up. Taking the right steps before a purchase can help ensure a successful outcome.
November 27, 2015
Big moments in the history of a small business often reflect twists and turns in the lives of its owners. Such was the case for a Rancho Cordova outdoor home-products company.
November 24, 2015
For young Millennials who may want to pursue small business ownership as a career, there are several things they can be doing now to prepare.
November 17, 2015
In this article, we'll show you how to value a business, starting with the framework and then walking you through an example. When you are finished reading, you should have all the tools you need to conduct a basic small business valuation.
November 13, 2015
Knowing the economics of a neighborhood is essential when buying a small business. For communities in transition, buyers should research specific issues before signing on the dotted line.
November 12, 2015
As a partner at Anchin, Block & Anchin in New York City, Greg Wank often speaks with seasoned entrepreneurs who are ready to hand over the reins to firms they've spent years building, so they can retire. Some find the conversion is a jolting splash of cold water. "It's painfully apparent they are not ready to go to market and sell their businesses," he said.
November 11, 2015
It's no secret that U.S. military veterans are a force to be reckoned with in the nation's small-business economy. But according to the latest research, younger vets are emerging as major players in the buying of small companies.
November 03, 2015
Convenience stores and gas stations are experiencing considerably higher revenues and cash flow—from 20% to almost 50%--when talking third-quarter comparisons, according to a firm that tracks mergers-and-acquisition activity.
October 30, 2015
For the past few years, the small-business-for-sale market has been enjoying a wave of record growth. The spike began in early 2013 and peaked during 2014, when the number of small businesses changing hands reached its highest level since BizBuySell.com started tracking data in 2007.
October 30, 2015
Changing laws can have a big effect on small businesses profitability, as well as future business sale outcomes. One of those regulations currently in the spotlight around the country is the minimum wage rate.
October 28, 2015
Phoenix-area small business' transactions experienced a slight dip in the third-quarter compared with last year, according to a report by San Francisco-basedBizBuySell.com.
October 28, 2015
If you'd like to sell your business soon, it is important to do the right work to make your business attractive to potential buyers. That means letting go of any illusions you're harboring about what makes it valuable and focusing on things that a potential purchaser will really prize. Avoid these three common self-delusions and you'll put yourself in a stronger position to sell.
October 27, 2015
The median asking price of Sacramento-area small- and medium-size businesses for sale during this year's third quarter was $227,000, up 14 percent from $198,995 in the second quarter and a slight increase over the year-ago median of $225,000, according to San Francisco-based BizBuySell.com.
October 26, 2015
If you think you have the chops to be an entrepreneur, but would rather not start with a new idea -- or just plain don't have a new idea worth starting -- you may be a great candidate to buy an existing business instead.
October 23, 2015
Social media tools are great for connecting with customers but small-business owners should also consider the benefits they can have when it comes time to sell.
October 19, 2015
There are more than 28 million small businesses in the U.S. According to BizBuySell, in the third quarter of 2015, there were about 35,000 small businesses listed for sale. As a business owner, you usually have discretion on timing the sale of your company, although sometimes things happen to force a sale.
October 16, 2015
BizBuySell recently surveyed small business buyers and sellers to shed light on their political priorities, and found that many are already picking favorites based on key issues, including general economic policies, tax reform and the minimum wage.
October 16, 2015
The median selling price of small businesses sold in metro Atlanta dropped nearly 50 percent in the third quarter, versus a year ago, according to new data from online business-for-sale marketplace BizBuySell.com.
October 14, 2015
Some baby boomers are having a tough time letting go. Despite predictions that a flood of small businesses would be coming up for sale as owners of a certain generation ready themselves for retirement, many are holding on longer than expected.
October 12, 2015
The sale of small businesses nationwide slipped 9 percent during the third quarter nationally, according to San Francisco-based website BizBuySell.com as 1,814 businesses changed hands, down from 1,987 during the comparable three months in 2014.
October 08, 2015
Small business sellers are more optimistic this year about the value of their business, while many buyers are less confident, according to BizBuySell‘s third Annual Buyer-Seller Confidence Index.
October 07, 2015
Forty-two percent of small-business sellers and 34 percent of buyers say Donald Trump is the candidate most likely to improve the small-business environment, according to a national BizBuySell survey of 1,500.
October 01, 2015
With today's deadline making merchants responsible for fraudulent credit card activity, owners need to be aware of how the new technology works and affects their business.
October 01, 2015
Small business owners are feeling more confident that they can successfully exit their businesses, according to BizBuySell's Seller Confidence Score which grew to 62 after two consecutive years at 56.
September 25, 2015
Up and down the West Coast, home to the nation's first $15 minimum wage laws, Donegan and other business owners are grappling with higher labor costs by experimenting with no-tip policies, employee ownership and trimming part-timers' hours by working longer themselves.
September 21, 2015
With the recent unpredictability of the U.S. and Chinese markets, small business owners should remain watchful in order to reduce risk.
September 19, 2015
Trying to tell if a franchise opportunity is grime or gold? In this guide we explain how and where to find the hard facts on a franchise.
September 13, 2015
According to a recent survey by BizBuySell.com, 58% of brokers feel that seller misconceptions are the biggest hurdle to the successful sale of a business. Looking to sell your business? Then get your head in the game and don't make these mental mistakes.
September 09, 2015
The Higginses are part of a growing trend: people with an entrepreneurial bent who are not inclined to start their own businesses. Rather, these people look to buy small to midsize companies — often family-owned firms that are being sold by the founder — and help them prosper.
September 04, 2015
No small business owner wants to think about the potential events that could prevent them from running their companies, be it death, illness or otherwise. Despite how much we'd rather not consider these macabre possibilities, or how unpredictable they are, protecting the future of your small business is nothing to shy away from.
September 03, 2015
Even for small and mid-sized business owners looking to sell, it's important to know and understand a variety of important figures, such as revenue, seller's discretionary earnings, and the earnings multiple, which potential buyers consider carefully when making an offer. Here are six metrics all business owners should know.
August 31, 2015
Generational diversity is alive and well in the workplace today. Many baby boomers, however, are on their way out. They're preparing for retirement and their next phase in life. Some boomers, though, are business owners, and this adds an extra step in the retirement process—finding someone to buy the company.
August 28, 2015
Most c-store brands have focused on improved customer service, branded premium coffee, higher-quality food marts, and loyalty programs to maintain and attract new customers. But with many c-stores now on a level playing field, business managers are looking to remove costs from the equation, while maintaining quality and increasing sales.
August 28, 2015
Selling a business can be a challenging process. However, like many challenges in life, business owners who take the time to properly prepare will fare much better than those that jump right in.
August 27, 2015
Selling a business is a balancing act of logic and emotions. Here are five tips for avoiding emotional sabotage throughout the sale process.
August 25, 2015
Community banks have long been the mainstay of small towns and cities across America in providing traditional banking activities of local deposit gathering and community-based lending. According to a landmark FDIC study in 2012, there were around 6,300 such banks in 2011, comprising almost 95% of all U.S. banking organizations.
August 20, 2015
Today, potential buyers take advantage of a wide range of technologies to learn more about the businesses they purchase. A successful sale increasingly depends on whether or not your company makes the right first impression online.
August 19, 2015
As the sting of the recession fades and the economy grows healthier, entrepreneurial baby boomers who spent the last few decades building businesses are starting to move on to the next phase of their careers: cashing out.
August 19, 2015
Many business owners have the mistaken idea that retiring from their business will be a relatively simple process – they'll just find a buyer when they're ready to retire and live off the proceeds of the sale for the rest of their lives. In an ideal world, this would be true. Unfortunately, the reality is much different.
August 14, 2015
A crisis can strike at any moment. Here are four tips to help owners maintain their company value in the midst of adversity.
August 12, 2015
As retiring baby boomers look to sell the small businesses they have run for years, top employees are often becoming the boss. The new owners are likely to be general managers, chief operating officers or foremen who have worked for the company for many years and have the savvy to run the business well.
August 06, 2015
In recent testimony before the House Financial Services Committee, Fed Chair Janet Yellen indicated that an interest rate hike looms on the horizon. The good news is that any increases to the federal funds rate target are expected to happen gradually. But many in the business-for-sale marketplace are already asking how higher rates will impact buyer behavior.
August 04, 2015
Ever wanted to own a small business in San Antonio? A new report from BizBuySell shows that the median asking price for a business in San Antonio was $272,400 during the second quarter of 2015.
July 23, 2015
Federal and local government regulations have as much influence over Main Street businesses as they do Fortune 500 corporations. For small businesses in particular, changing laws not only impact profitability, but future sale outcomes as well.
July 22, 2015
A strong economy and Baby Boomers looking to retire means more small businesses for sale in Denver and Aurora since the financial crisis of 2008. There are 418 small businesses up for sale -- the highest amount of small business listings on BizBuySell.com since 2008, according to the online marketplace BizBuySell.com quarterly Insight Report.
July 17, 2015
While much has been said about the changes younger generations are bringing to the workforce, few consider their impact on business valuations and transactions. Small business owners would be wise to keep this demographic shift in mind and update their IT environments to attract strong valuations and secure higher sale prices.
July 14, 2015
The number of Phoenix-area small business sold during the second quarter of the year is up slightly from second quarter 2014, according to new data from BizBuySell.com. In the second quarter of 2015, 60 Phoenix-area businesses were sold compared to 55 in the same time frame last year, representing a 9 percent increase.
July 13, 2015
The numbers of small business listings are at a six-year high. New Q2 2015 data helps explain why more buyers and sellers are entering today's market.
July 01, 2015
Small business owners and business brokers differ on a wide range of issues related to the the sale of a business, according to a recent poll of 500 small owners and 300 brokers across the U.S. commissioned by the online business marketplace, BizBuySell.com. Here are five of the differences.
June 30, 2015
Thinking of selling your business someday? Planning on leaving your empire to the kids with a chunk of cash attached? Dreaming of retiring to the sunny beaches of a Caribbean island? Even if you're establishing a new business but have visions of someday selling it, there are several things to consider.
June 26, 2015
We spend plenty of time talking about how small business sellers can exit their companies fast, fetch the sweetest sale price and execute a marketing strategy that lures a wide net of buyers. For some small business owners though, holding out for months or years to find the right buyer is more important than dollar signs and new horizons.
June 26, 2015
While the post-recession business-for-sale market has generally favored buyers, there are several signs that we're experiencing a shift towards a more balanced market. Early 2015 data shows an improvement in the overall financial health of small businesses and an uptick in the pace of small business transactions.
June 25, 2015
A report that BizBuySell has just put together shows there continues to be a steady decline in the median number of days it takes to sell a small business. The report was first started in 2012 and provides a quarterly review that brings it up to date to the end of the 1st quarter of 2015.
June 19, 2015
For small business owners, marketing is an essential part of building brand awareness and, ultimately, a profitable operation. Once you've decided it's time to sell the company, in addition to marketing to your customers, you'll need to market to another group: business buyers.
June 06, 2015
According to the BizBuySell Insight Report, there's never been a better time to buy or sell a small business. Transactions reached record levels in 2014, with a total of 7,494 changing hands, an increase of more than 6% from the 7,056 transactions closed in 2013, which was the previous record. Could there be an acquisition in your own future?
June 04, 2015
An informed small business buyer becomes a smarter business owner. Here are six questions to guide buyers through the decision-making process.
June 02, 2015
Thoughts of selling your restaurant? Lower energy costs influence what potential buyers see when they run the numbers on your operation. In the second half of last year, oil prices plunged from about $100 a barrel to less than $50. While oil prices remain volatile, there are several signs suggesting lower prices may stick around awhile.
May 26, 2015
Whether a business owner wants to retire to a tropical island or simply move on to the next venture, an exit plan is crucial to ensure a seamless sale. The business owner that plans wisely, in advance, can negotiate a transaction that benefits buyer and seller alike.
May 21, 2015
There are a number of important metrics that measure the health of the small business for-sale market. Deal volume, sale price, and cash flow multiples are traditional, go-to metrics for gauging small business sales, but they're not the only useful indicators.
May 11, 2015
As the economy in northern Nevada continues to improve, opportunities for local entrepreneurs and small business owners are beginning to pop up all over the landscape. With exciting news such as Tesla coming to town and Amazon's new warehouse, the area is buzzing with optimism about our economic future.
May 8, 2015
Sale prices of convenience stores were on the rise in the first three months of 2015 compared to both one year ago and one quarter ago, according to BizBuySell.com's First Quarter 2015 Insight Report. The median sale price for c-stores was $195,000 during Q1 2015, up from $185,000 in the first quarter of 2014. This also marked a sharp increase from the median price of $150,000 during fourth-quarter 2014.
May 5, 2015
While most business owners have a dream of eventually selling their business, the reality is that most of them will never accomplish this. According to BizBuySell's Insight Report, only about 4-5% of companies are sold each quarter. Here are a few reasons your company might not be able to sell.
April 30, 2015
With many variables in consideration during a restaurant purchase, prospective buyers should focus on several key factors before signing on the dotted line.
April 23, 2015
Faced with a growing pool of options, potential franchise owners need a methodical approach to choosing the best fit business.
April 16, 2015
Small businesses continue to change hands at a high rate. Early 2015 data helps explain why and can offer prospective buyers and sellers tips for entering today's market.
April 15, 2015
The median listing price of businesses for sale in the Chicago area during the first quarter of 2015 was $265,000, a drop off from the same period last year. According to data on the web site BizBuySell.com, 625 businesses were listed for sale in the first quarter, and they reported a median revenue of $500,000.
April 15, 2015
A total of 1,830 small businesses sold in the first quarter, continuing a two-year trend of very robust activity in the business-for-sale market. The sale of small businesses in the first quarter of 2015 increased 6 percent over the same quarter last year, according to BizBuySell's quarterly Insight Report.
April 10, 2015
Megadeals may be grabbing the most attention in the market for buying and selling businesses, but deal watchers argue it's a good time to sell a company of just about any size.
April 10, 2015
Small business acquisition financing is on the rise.
April 9, 2015
Securing the necessary capital and financing is a key part of buying a small business. As the business-for-sale market heats up, there are increasing options prospective buyers can research to see which is the right fit for them.
April 7, 2015
Thinking about entering into the restaurant business? If you are considering buying a local restaurant and are wondering what a realistic ballpark price might be, then you are reading the right article. We'll look at some data on restaurant sales and explain how you can use an individual restaurant's financial information to calculate its approximate market price.
March 26, 2015
Report indicates that bigger businesses have the deal-making advantage, but there's plenty small business owners can do to dictate their sale outcomes.
March 13, 2015
While inaccuracies in your tax filings can lead to trouble with the IRS, failing to keep good financial records can also cost you big money when it comes time to sell.
March 5, 2015
BizBuySell, in addition to being the leading web site for business brokerage advertising of businesses for sale, provides a lot of information on business sales. This information is available to anyone just be going to their web site. For example, a recent article reported what sold in 2014.
March 5, 2015
Although small-business owners feel there is great value in what they provide, new technology platforms such as Uber, Airbnb and even Amazon are affecting small-business values, according to a study released by BizBuySell.com.
March 3, 2015
David Grant and Jeannette Boccini started thinking about selling their public-relations firm, LVM Group, in 2008. The three-employee Manhattan company, founded by Mr. Grant in 1974, was profitable but wanted to expand its services, especially those in digital marketing. However, when Lehman Brothers collapsed, the business partners put their plans on hold.
February 27, 2015
In the social media era, online reviews have a lot to do with a restaurant's ultimate success. But that's not the only ramification they have. A new survey finds that negative reviews, or even not having enough positive reviews, can significantly reduce a restaurant's perceived value when the current owner puts it up for sale.
February 26, 2015
While many small business buyers like the idea of growing a brand of their own, there are several distinct advantages to purchasing a proven franchise over an independent business.
February 24, 2015
Half of American business owners say smartphones, tablets and the overall availability of mobile information are raising their business value, compared to just 10 percent who say they are hurting values, according to a BizBuySell survey of more than 1,400 small business owners and potential buyers in the United States.
February 21, 2015
Business models are constantly evolving which puts increasing pressure on you to keep up, adapt and thrive. BizBuySell.com, the Internet's largest business-for-sale marketplace, surveyed small business owners to find out how new competition, specifically disruptive technology platforms like Uber and Amazon, affects their values. Nearly 40 percent say these new technologies affect the value of their businesses.
February 20, 2015
2014 was a robust year for small business valuations. Prices of small businesses sold in metro Atlanta last year rose nearly 30 percent from 2014, according to online business listing service BizBuySell.com
February 13, 2015
Changes in health care and sick leave regulations could be on the way, making them important items for small-business owners to keep an eye on.
February 6, 2015
While the current drop in fuel prices can certainly benefit many businesses in the short term, small business owners should also consider how changing oil costs will affect their long-term exit strategy.
February 4, 2015
Each year, thousands of small businesses change hands. Some owners decide to retire, others need new capital to exploit market opportunities, and some businesses fail and are liquidated. According to the BizBuySell.com Fourth Quarter 2014 Insight Report, 7,494 small businesses traded hands during 2014, the largest number of transactions since BizBuySell starting tracking sales data in 2007.
January 30, 2015
With large financial institutions still restricting their small business lending activity, a growing crop of tech startups has emerged to offer owners and acquirers a long overdue alternative.
January 29, 2015
The asking price for small businesses looking to sell in Greater Boston rose steadily through 2014, according to data from an online business marketplace. Boston business owners trying to sell their companies on BizBuySell.com increased their average asking prices from $189,000 at the beginning of 2014 to $219,000 during the final three months of the year. The rise was similar to the national trend in asking prices for a small business on the website, which rose from around $200,000 to $225,000 by the end of the year.
January 23, 2015
Small business owners hoping to sell their business in 2015 should consider a few key items if they plan to offer buyers a financing option. The U.S. economy has stabilized and is growing. In December, the unemployment rate dropped to 5.6%, its lowest point since June 2008, and consumer spending hit its highest post-recession levels.
January 21, 2015
A record number of small businesses nationwide changed hands last year, according to a new report from BizBuySell, an online marketplace that helps individuals buy and sell businesses.
January 15, 2015
Activity in the business-for-sale for sale market reached record levels last year and the trend isn't showing any signs of slowing down. If you sold your small business in 2014, it appears you had plenty of company. After an already active 2013, 2014 small business transactions increased again as the business-for-sale market continues its impressive run of growth.
January 12, 2015
Small businesses were hot commodities in 2014, with sales of businesses reaching record levels. A survey of brokers by BizBuySell.com, an online marketplace for small businesses, counted 7,494 business sales last year, the most since the company began keeping records in 2007.
January 10, 2015
Although 2014 was a record year for small business transactions, brokers are overwhelmingly optimistic that 2015 may be even better. The full results are included in BizBuySell.com's 2014 Insight Report, which aggregates statistics from business-for-sale transactions reported by participating business brokers nationwide.
January 5, 2015
After years of slow growth during the Great Recession, the business-for-sale marketplace rebounded throughout 2014. Business-for-sale online marketplace BizBuySell.com is on pace to record the most small-business transactions it has seen since it started collecting data in 2007. This improvement, which mirrors the strengthening U.S. economy, is expected to continue in 2015.
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.