What To Ask When Buying A Business? The Most Important Questions

Jonathan Jay explaining questions you should ask before buying a business

A lot of time, effort and money goes into every business acquisition. Whether you are looking at buying startups or an established existing business, you need to examine financial records, undertake a due diligence process, check out the legal issues and shine a light into every corner of your potential new business venture. It’s vital […]

How to Buy a Business with No Money: Strategies and Financing Options

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Most people think that when you buy an existing business, one party hands over the money and the other hands over the keys to the premises and that’s that. And in some instances that might broadly be true. However, in the majority of business acquisitions you don’t pay the full amount on day one. And […]

Due Diligence Checklist: A Comprehensive Guide

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What is a Due Diligence & Due Diligence Checklist? When you plan to buy a company, you want to be sure you fully understand what it is you are buying, and its value. The process that underpins that is M&A due diligence. Due diligence is a painstaking process involving gathering information of different types – […]

Do I have to keep staff when buying a business?

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When entrepreneurs buy businesses, they need people to work in them and run them. That might mean keeping all the staff already in the business, just some of them, or even none of them, because of the way things will be integrated. It’s likely you will have legal obligations towards those existing staff. As the […]

Funding to Buy a Business: Exploring Your Options

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It’s possible to buy pretty much any type of small business you can think of. The key to making the right choice is to think about what you know (or can learn), what your track record is, and what your goals are, both financial and personal. Say you are interested in mergers and acquisitions, and […]

How long does it take to buy a business? A Comprehensive Guide

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There is no set time frame for buying a business. It depends on things including the seller, the buyer, the professionals on either side of the deal, and what you buy. Some businesses are large and complex; others are smaller and more straightforward. You can reasonably expect it to take less time to buy, say, […]

Goal Setting – What’s Your Number?

With very many things that we do, before we jump into it, it pays to spend a little time thinking about what we want to get out of it. Embarking on a business-buying adventure is no different.

The Best Types of Business to Buy

You might think that the best types of business to buy are the ones everyone is clamouring for, the hot and trendy businesses, the beautiful ones. I think that’s misguided and you need to change your mindset.

The Story of Instagram’s $1billion Acquisition

Just 18 months after its launch, Facebook decided to buy another business and so acquired Instagram for $1billion in 2012. At the time, Instagram was a 13-person start-up with 30 million users. Now the photo-sharing app boasts over 600 million users.