Buying a Franchise or Existing Business
Image by Paraflyer via FlickrThere are many options to consider once you have made the decision to own your own business. As many business brokers advise, one strong option to consider is buying an already existing business or franchise.
Business brokers often suggest that, for beginning entrepreneurs, one of the biggest advantages to buying an existing business is that there is already a known history. Contrary to starting a new business, the owner does not have to develop a product and go through the process of determining how much, if anything, people are willing to pay. As such, business brokers point out that there is no need to come up with tedious business plans.
Business brokers also recommend that buying an existing business or franchise has the benefit of an "established" infrastructure. Existing businesses tend to already have a foundation on which the new owner can build and expand. In addition, business brokers point out that such important aspects as customers, suppliers, employees, the building, and equipment are often all part of the package.
Also important: existing businesses and franchises come with the comfort of knowing that the concept has already been successful. Plus, business brokers suggest that this option can actually be less expensive than starting a new business. Since the learning curve is eliminated, the risk of failure is much lower. The hope, as suggested by many business brokers, is that the existing business will continue to be profitable under your new ownership.
Purchasing a business can be a complicated endeavor, but with the help of a skilled business broker, your transactions are guaranteed to go more smoothly, ensuring your success as you buy a business or franchise of your own.