1. Get professional advice from a business advisor, accountant and lawyer.
2. Check that you are paying a fair price. Sellers often over-value a business. If possible, try and get the seller to finance part of the selling price.
3. Find out what lease will be available on the premises.
4. Find out the real reason the owner is selling the business.
5. Check out the financials. If the figures look too good to be true, they probably are.
6. Do proper research on your competitors, location etc.
7. Don’t believe everything the seller or business broker says. Remember, they are in it to make as much money as possible.
8. Run the business with the owner at least one month before you take over to confirm sales, profits etc.
9. Don’t get too emotional about a business. Think with your head not your heart.
10. As yourself the question? Will I still be happy in this business in 5 years.
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