What does a Business Buyer look like

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What does a Business Buyer look like

What does a Business Buyer Look Like?

Are you a Business Seller Looking to Sell Your Business and wondering what does a Business Buyer Looks Like?

Do you represent a Business Seller and are looking for a business buyer for your client- What should you look for in a business Buyer- What Does a Business Buyer Look like?

I am a Florida  Business Broker  working with both business buyers and business Seller.  I am also a Business Buyer.  Prior to being a business broker I started and owned my own business of 20 years and utilized business acquisitions along with organic growth to advance my business.  I had bought multiple businesses as a stategic business buyer.  I am also a business Seller as I actually did sell my own business.  The “Business Buyer”  I sold my business to was represented by a business broker and we experienced a successful business transition.

The person that bought my business is a business buyer -He is not a Business Buyer Prospect.  So much of the work and efforts involved with the process of buying and selling a business is the extensive involvement with Business Buyer Prospects.  Very often “business buyer prospects”  are referred to as Business Buyers. There is a significant difference between a business buyer and a prospective business buyer.  Each deal has 2 sides- a Buyer and Seller.  I like to use the term Business Buyer Prospect for someone contemplating an acquisition.  Most Prospective Business Buyers dont buy a business.  Various business brokers, M&A people, and related professionals have  their own personal experiences as to how many “Business Buyer Prospects” turn into actual “Business Buyers”.

Personally I think that anywhere between 75 %-95% of those that state an interest in buying a business do not buy a business.  So approximately 9 out of 10 (plus/minus)  of these “Business Buyer Prospects” never become “Business Buyers”.

SO What does a Business Buyer Look like?   How do they look different than the 75-95% of the “Business Buyer Prospects” that do not buy a business.

I contend that looks have nothing to do with what does a business buyer looks like.

A Business Buyer Acts a certain Way. A Business Buyer acts different than a Business Buyer Prospect.

What Does a Business Buyer Act Like?

1)     They have a plan-  “When you buy the business in Florida ,and you now live in Chicago-How will you run the Florida business?”

Business Buyer Prospect- “I dont know”

Business Buyer- ” I just sold my house and have a rental in Florida and plan to move there in December”

 

2)     They have funds or funding plans-  “How much money do you have available to buy a business?”

Business Buyer Prospect- ” If I find the right business- I can get the money” or ” Im not sure yet”,”I’m not worried about that yet”

Business Buyer- “I have x amount available for down payment on a business, so I know what the maximum I can spend and need to find a business that fit this budget”

3)     They understand  certain information will be required from them-

Business Buyer prospect- “why do I need to sign this NDA and give you some financial or background information on me? I just wanted to know what the Sellers Taxes look like”

Business Buyer- ” I have returned the requested NDA and personal financial statement. what is our next step”

 

4)     They ACT,they make necessary steps/moves to move the deal forward

Business Buyer Prospect- ” Yes that business looks to be exactly what I said I was looking for but think I will wait to see if Seller drops price or another opportunity becomes available.”

Business Buyer- “Yes that business looks to be exactly what I said I was looking for- what is the next step so I can get closer to ensuring I dont miss out on this opportunity.

 

What does a business buyer look like? – They are tall, short, fat, skinny, young,old, wearing shorts, wearing dress pants, wearing a dress, have tattoos all over their body.  They are from many different backgrounds,  they are many different religions and races. They look “normal” like you and I.

When I was growing my business though acquisition and I identified an acquisition opportunity I would worry about not securing that opportunity.  I made the decision that the opportunity was good for my company and would be disappointed if I missed out on that business opportunity.  I knew I needed to ACT like a business buyer.   You wont know what a business buyer looks like based on appearance, “business buyer prospects” and “business buyers”  look very much alike.  Are you looking to sell your business?  As a business Seller you will know what a business buyer looks like by the way a business buyer acts. Are you a prospective “business buyer prospect” and are you genuinely looking to buy a business?  I could suggest that you act like a business buyer and you will both stand out from all the others out there looking and also achieve your goal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Scott

Scott M. Messinger is a former and current business owner that has directly purchased multiple businesses to support organic growth. Former owner of successful production/manufacturing/distribution business of 20 years that was successfully sold and transitioned. Member of Gateway Business Advisors with offices in Jacksonville Fl, Anderson SC,and member of the Business Broker of Florida Assn. Business interest includes the fields of management,water, energy savings, marketing. For a FREE current listing of Businesses FOR sale see: www.sellabusinessflorida.com
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