You’ve never been known as someone who has trouble making decisions. But here you are swinging like a pendulum when it comes to following through on selling your business. You’ve taken your business as far as you can. You have other ideas about what you’d like to do with the rest of your life while you still have the health to act on it.
We have talked about how to go about selecting a business. You get that none are perfect and that you will never have enough information to feel 100% confident about your choice. You have decided that all things considered—after reviewing the documentation provided by your broker, your meetings and discussions with the business owner and your personal visit to the business—a business will work for you.
As a buyer, you are excited about the opportunity to purchase a business and confident you have enough money for its purchase. But do you have enough money to keep it "working?" If you plan to grow the business, do you have enough working capital to fund its growth? Growing businesses require more working capital than shrinking businesses as receivables are growing.
There are generally four ways to become a business owner: 1. Start your own business; 2. Take over a family-owned business; 3. Buy a franchise; 4. Buy an existing operating business. Each option has its own level of risk.