There are many advantages to buy an existing business. In this day and age, starting up a business from scratch is a lot trickier, due to an uncertain economy and also the presence of other competitors.
When it comes to buying a business, though, there are benefits. You have an established customer base, experienced employees, an established market position and operating systems that are all in place.
If you are worried about what the customers will think when the recognised leader has left, then don’t. There are many types of customers and clients who will still prove loyal even when there’s a new face at the helm. Providing that you handle the established customer/client base well, there is not a problem. You may find that customers buy on a cyclical basis, ranging from a month to a year or even a decade. If that’s the case, don’t throw away that 10-year-old customer list. Managing an existing customer/client base is certainly preferable to getting customers on board when starting a business from scratch – which can prove to be both expensive and time consuming.
You will also find that you have a valuable set of employees at your disposal. They are both experienced and skilled, and will often know the business inside out and backwards. However, with the prospect of new ownership, this can re-energise them and give them a new lease of life. Certainly, compare this to if you had to find new employees from scratch. Not only do you have to be sure that they are the right fit for the company, you also have to train them up and educate them about every single aspect of the business. Sure, one day, they will be well up to speed, but with a purchased business, the staff is already in place – meaning that they have the knowledge and skill to get on with the job – which in turn, means a greater level of productivity.
You also have an operating system in process. The benefit of this is that, depending on how long the business has been running for, you will have a tried and tested business system in place. It is difficult to judge what business system works and what system doesn’t. When you start a business from scratch, it will very much be a case of trial and error. You may find that you end up wasting time on trying to find the best system for you. With an established business, this system is already in place, and hopefully is one that provides the best results.
You will be entering a business that already has a market position. The best case scenario is that the business is widely respected and known, maybe in the local area or even all over the country. With that in mind, more people are going to want to buy from a business that is widely respected for top quality service and product. Even if the business only has a strong reputation locally, this is still a good starting point, since you can use this as a springboard for a broader profile. With a new business, you have to work hard to build up that level of respect, but with an established business, this is an easier process.
Providing that you have enough money at your disposal, buying a business is a shrewd investment. Even if you don’t, there are still ways around it, such as a loan made either from a bank or from the business owner which can be paid back over time. It is still has advantages over a franchise, because you can do whatever you want in a bought business, whereas in a franchise, you are still marching to someone else’s tune. Whatever your reasons and methods of buying a business, make the most of the advantages at your disposal and you will hopefully reap the rewards.