How to Choose the Right Business to Buy

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So, you want to buy a business. How do you select the right one for you?

Buying a business is an exciting and stressful time for most people. Chances are, unless you’re a serial entrepreneur, this business will be the focus of your personal and financial future. Making the right choice on the type of business to purchase is critical to not only its success, but also its critical to your future happiness.

What’s Your Passion?
Unless you’re looking for a short-term gain and are purchasing a business to sell shortly after making your money, you should find a business that pairs well with your true passion in life. The saying, “play to your strengths” is never more prevalent than it is in this situation. Those individuals who are successful in face-to-face sales need to find a business that can highlight and play off of those strengths. Just as someone who has a fear of speaking in public probably shouldn’t purchase a public relations agency, if you’re passion is for baking or your love of animals consumes your every thought – purchasing a shoe store many not be a good fit.

Are You Being Realistic?
Having just said you need to buy a business that lets you engage in what you’re passionate about, now it’s time to real you back in and refocus your efforts. Unfortunately, not every passion is a moneymaker. The right combination of passion, financial opportunity and the right market is critical to your entrepreneurial success. Your business broker is an excellent sounding board for ideas and can help you evaluate a decision to buy a business.

What Does Your Lifestyle Tell You?
The last thing anyone would want would be to have his or her dream of owning a business turn into a nightmare. Choosing a business that fits the lifestyle that you lead, or would like to lead is important. If you’re thinking of purchasing a dog-grooming salon, but you’re allergic to dogs – chances are you’re not going to be spending too much time at your business. This may seem like an obvious conclusion, but non-compatible business and lifestyle combinations happen more often than people may admit.

How Much Risk Are You Comfortable With?
A business broker can help you narrow your choices based on your passions and lifestyle and help you steer clear from businesses that are not successful through valuations. In the same turn, a valuation may show a business to be failing; however, with your expertise, you may be able to turn it around. Taking on a failing business may be a deal breaker for some, but for others its an irresistible challenge. Your broker will help you evaluate the risks involved and gauge your tolerance for such risk.

As you can see, there are many different factors to purchasing a business and selecting the one that’s right for you. Talking about your options with a broker will help you hone in on the perfect business in which for you to invest.

Cress V. Diglio, Florida Business Broker
Whether you are looking to buy a business, sell your business or merge with another business, Florida Business Broker Cress V. Diglio has the experience to assist you in all facets of the transaction. Call Cress today for complete transaction support and expertise, 888-984-4208, or visit