Do you want to own your own business, but you don’t know where to start? Finding the right business for you and your goals can often be a daunting and time-consuming task. However, once you have the right fit – all that time and energy is well worth it. Here are a few resources you can use to find potential ventures.

 

Online Websites

There are many online websites for finding the right business. Such websites include BizBuySell.com, BusinessBroker.net, BizQuest.com, among others. These websites give you options to buy or sell a business.

There are also websites dedicated to helping you buy or sell a franchise. Some of these include FranchiseGator.com, FrachiseDirect.com, and FranchiseOpportunities.com.

Online websites are great resources for information. Browsing around can give you an idea of what might be available in your area. These websites can also assist in secure financing once you decide on a venture.

However, with the ease of access also comes downsides. One downside is that there are so many opportunities it can be hard to narrow down your search.  

 

Networking

Often the best business deals are not advertised. Networking with your peers and those in your community can help you find opportunities near you. Speaking with owners of businesses or industries you are passionate about can help you find a good fit.

 

Business Brokers

Business brokers are great resources as they assist buyers and sellers of privately-held businesses. They are also known as business transfer agents or intermediaries. Brokers have tremendous knowledge as they interact with a wide variety of businesses in many industries. Brokers also have a large network of resources to draw upon.

 

Franchise Consultants

Franchise consultants sit down with their clients to discuss their interests and skills and help determine what franchises may be the best fit for them. They often have a process that helps in determining the right fit for a client. A franchise consultant will explore your dreams and what you hope to accomplish through franchise ownership. They can also help determine your skills and preferences so the companies you investigate are a good match.

Franchise consultants like brokers tend to have larger networks with countless businesses.  Both brokers and franchise consultants can help save you time and narrow down your possibilities so you can focus on the businesses that fit you best.

 

Media and Industry Publications

Industry-specific journals, publications, and local newspapers often publish potential ventures for sale. If you are interested in a specific industry these publications can help you narrow your search.

 

Franchisors

Many franchisors often have a system in place to help buyers through the sales process. They provide information to help clients set up and run the business seamlessly. Not to mention, franchisors also offer ongoing support after the purchase. This support may include training, marketing, and some shared costs.  

 

Finding the right business fit is a challenging task. With the help of a variety of sources, you can identify the businesses that best fit your personal and business goals. These resources can help you to get in touch with the right people, at the right time, at the right location.  

Once you find the right fit, it is important to understand the value of the venture. Many companies are either undervalued or overvalued. A valuation expert can give you an in-depth analysis of the business to aid you in your decision.  

 

Peak Business Valuation would love to help you in determining a fair market value for a potential business venture. We love working with individuals looking to buy, sell, or grow their small business. Questions are always welcome! Please reach out via email or through a phone call.