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.
Generally speaking, buying an established business is considered less risky than setting up your own business from scratch. As an entrepreneur, you won’t necessarily need to come up with a unique business idea, sell investors on an unproven concept or incur the costs & risks of building a business up from the ground level. This practice of acquiring an already established business is known as entrepreneurship through acquisition.
So if you’re considering a jump into entrepreneurship, -buying an existing small business is absolutely an option you should consider. In his article for business.com, Looking Ahead: Buying a Business in 2017, Bruce Hakutizwi states: