There are various ways to go about funding the purchase of a business. A strategic option would be to negotiate seller’s financing with the business seller to alleviate the burden of paying full price for the business upfront. In the U.S., about 60-90% of business sales involve seller financing. Before going through with the purchase, you need to thoroughly vet the business. Because owners rarely finance 100% of the purchase price, you might also need to find other sources of funding, such as a bank loan.
It can take a lot of time and effort to develop a business from scratch. This is why people savvy enough to tap into available public and private resources decide to buy an existing business. However, going forward with the purchase is not an easy decision to make. Here are four important questions to ask during the process of buying a business.