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How to Buy a Business?

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Purchasing an existing business is a more common strategy, and there are several benefits to doing so. Many entrepreneurs like the security of acquiring a business that already has a customer base, brand recognition and a proven sales history. Depending on the industry, you can purchase an existing business for anywhere from N500,000 thousand naira to well over N10 million naira or more.

While purchasing an established business comes with less risk than starting from scratch and doesn’t require as much capital or planning time, keep in mind that buying an existing business will probably cost you more money than starting one from scratch. You’ll also need to do some due diligence to make sure you’re buying a viable company with solid financial records.

Buying a business from a family member


If you’re buying a business from a family member, there are pros and cons to consider. But the bottom line is that it can work with the right advice.

Thinking of Buying a Business From a Family Member?

If you’ve decided that buying a business from Mom or Dad, sister or brother is right for you, here are some tips on how to make sure it works out well for both sides:

  • Get the right help. A good lawyer and accountant can provide guidance on everything from structuring the deal to planning your exit strategy. Your family member may have worked with an advisor who could give insight into what makes the company tick and whether it’s likely to succeed. And if either party has an emotional issue with the transaction, a qualified mediator might be able bring everyone together by helping them see each other’s points of view
  • Make sure everyone understands expectations prior to making any agreements in writing and before signing anything pertaining to legal matters related to buying property or equipment. Any other assets relating to future success of business should also be written down in black and white (and every color) so there are no misunderstandings later

Buying an internet business


If you decide to buy an internet business, it’s a good idea to have a sound plan in place. You should know what kind of businesses you’re interested in buying, and whether you want an existing business or one that has not yet generated income. You should also understand your financing options and the steps needed to close the deal.

If you are new to running a business, consider working with someone who has experience buying companies. This can help ensure that the process goes smoothly and that you find the right company to purchase.


How to buy an e-commerce business.


If you’re interested in buying an e-commerce business, here are some things to consider:

  • Reputation. How well does the online store rank within its niche? Is it well-known and highly regarded by competitors and industry experts? Google the company name to see if anything negative comes up. The last thing you want is a company with a bad reputation that could take years of rebuilding.
  • Financial statements. Before buying any business, you should ask to examine their financial statements and tax returns for at least three consecutive years. This will give you an accurate assessment of their profitability and identify any red flags before making an offer, like losing money or declining revenue.
  • Vendors and suppliers. Ask for a list of vendors who supply products or services to the company—this will help determine whether they have strong relationships with other businesses in their field as well as how easy it could be for another buyer to replicate those connections when purchasing yours someday down the road!
  • Business plan. It’s important for potential buyers when considering any purchase to know what kind of strategy has been used historically by that organization because it gives them insight into how successful they’ve been historically as well as what type of vision was held going forward; this provides more information about future growth opportunities moving ahead which makes evaluating risk easier too! Asking questions around these topics helps shed light on historical performance but also allows us all measure our own risk tolerance level before taking action ourselves so everyone wins!

How to buy a manufacturing plant

  • Research your industry and the process of buying a business in general
  • Look for a manufacturing plant within your budget
  • Do some preliminary research on the company. Do not just look at the financial information; look at the company’s overall health and future prospects. You will want to avoid any companies that have a lot of competition or large losses, or that have little room to grow their market share (Companies with limited growth potential are often referred to as “mature companies”).
  • Is there anything that might cause products in this industry to become less popular? For example, if you are interested in buying a paper manufacturing plant, you should pay attention to trends related to electronic media such as increased computer use and lessened use of paper products like envelopes and stationary.
  • Paperless billing is a phenomenon that has caused many paper companies great loss in profits (and may even cause their complete demise). If you don’t see any reason why people would stop using your product, then you’re probably good!

How to buy a home improvement business


Whether you’re a first-time buyer or experienced in buying businesses, there’s a lot to consider when buying a home improvement business.

To help guide your decision making and ensure you get the best deal for your money, we’ve put together our top tips on what to look out for when you’re planning to buy a home improvement business.

  • What type of business is it?


It may sound obvious, but knowing exactly what type of product or services the home improvement business provides will help you better understand how it can contribute to your plans.

For example: Does the business have any problems? Every business faces challenges and obstacles at some point, so don’t let these concerns stop you from considering an opportunity that could be great for your future.

Instead, think about what’s causing any issues with the existing owners (e.g., they’re not growing the business because they’re approaching retirement). Also consider if these issues are fixable—and if so how easy it would be for you to fix them.

  • What are the financials?

The financial health of any small business is crucial to its future success, so it’s really important that you spend time looking into this area before signing anything. Things like accounts payable and receivable records can give clues as to whether or not past payments have been made on time; and current invoices will give an insight into current customer ordering trends which could impact sales forecasts in certain months of the year (e.g., orders increase before Christmas as people get into party mood).

There may also be other valuable financial information such as tax returns or balance sheets available which should tell how healthy things are right now before deciding whether this investment makes sense based upon projected revenues over time compared against capital costs associated with running operations along those lines according prior commitments made between both parties involved transaction process involved here going forward.

How to buy a convenience store


  • Research the market
  • Calculate the costs
  • Consider the location
  • Get to know the customers
  • Get to know the staff
  • Get to know the suppliers
  • Check the financials
  • Talk to other business owners in the same industry
  • Look at the competition

How to buy a local or international standard food restaurant.


When buying a local food restaurant, it’s important to consider some of the following factors:

  • Is this a franchised business or one that is owned independently?
  • What is the average income for local or international  food restaurants in your desired location?
  • How much revenue does this restaurant generate annually?
  • What are the demographics of your target market, and how will those demographic qualities influence demand for pizza?
  • How much can you borrow when financing your purchase of a local or international standard restaurant business?

How to buy a coffee shop.


There are several different methods of purchasing a coffee shop. Depending on your budget and the extent to which you want to be involved in the day-to-day management of the business, it might be better for you to buy a franchise, or an existing coffee shop.

Regardless of which option you choose, it will be helpful for your bottom line if the business already has a good reputation. If people in town already know about your store and like it, they will keep coming back! Customers may also be willing to pay more if they believe that their money will go towards supporting small businesses rather than huge corporations.

However, buying an established company may not always make sense. After all, if the place is so successful why would anyone sell? To answer that question, you need to look at the financials: check to see what kind of revenue it’s currently pulling in, as well as how much debt there is or if there are any other major problems (like lawsuits).

You’ll also want to estimate how long this trend could continue based on factors like past performance history versus current market demand; ultimately though these calculations should only serve as rough guidelines because predicting future growth is notoriously tricky!

Follow these steps and you’ll be on your way to business ownership.


Owning your own business can be a rewarding, exciting chapter in your life. But how do you get from point A (your current job) to point B (business ownership)?

Follow these steps and you’ll be on your way:

  • Decide how much money you want to spend and save accordingly. You may decide to take out a loan or seek out investors, but if you have the money saved up already, even better! Set yourself up for success by putting away some of your earnings each month in an account dedicated to covering the cost of starting a business.
  • Research the market. You’ll want to look at market trends in your desired field and make sure there’s room for growth. Read up on relevant publications and news, then find experts who can help guide you through the process of researching market performance and predict where things are headed. As they say: “forewarned is forearmed.”
  • Decide on the type of business you want to buy. Your skillset will be an important factor here—look at what interests you and analyze where your talents could best serve a new owner/manager within that industry. Relevant experience is always valuable when it comes time for negotiations with sellers!
  • Look at the success rate of this variety of business and its growth potential. If it seems likely that this kind of venture could really thrive under new management, then take some time to evaluate if getting involved makes sense for both yourself as an individual professional as well as financially speaking
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