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Should You Buy a Business?

Before you consider buying a business, it is very important to consider all the options, challenges, and potential life impacts from every angle. In today’s society, many people gravitate toward the positives of owning your own business, including:

  • Working for yourself
  • Being “the boss”
  • Having the ability to make decisions for the growth of the business
  • Being the central key figure and having all the business dynamics flow around you and your vision

However, there are some important things to consider before making the decision to buy a business.

  • You must first consider your age and how long do you want to run the business.
  • Because buying a business is a major life decision, you must discuss with your immediate family if and how they will be involved.
  • Once you find a business you’re interested in buying, look at the team. Are they the right employees to keep the business running? Will they stay after the purchase?
  • Really ask yourself if you have the dedication and commitment to keep things running in both good and bad times?
  • And are you prepared for serious challenges? The recession of 2008-2009 was stressful for many people, including me. You are responsible for the recovery of the business or making the decision to call it quits.

Owning a business can be very rewarding. If you have done things the right way, a business can be in your family for many years.  You just need to consider everything possible before making a decision.

Dave Hooper
dhooper@tbbinc.com
515-249-6053

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