One of 3 things will happen to every business:
Everyone know this but we're too busy problem solving until Exiting is the problem. Then our options are limited. Probably to just selling for what you can get. This isn't always terrible if done right. Click the following link for a no obligation copy of 7 Critical Points Every Business Owner Must Know Before Selling Their Business.
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IBBA statistics conclude that 95% of those trying to buy a business will fail. Unless you like failure, it's time to change this process.
An Executive Advocate represents the buyer, which is the opposite of working with the typical Business Broker who is representing the seller. When a Business Broker has a good listing, it's off the market quickly, probably in a bidding war. What is left are marginal opportunities for the unrepresented buyer.
Buyer representation involves Personal Business Strength Assessment as well as a Process for Finding and Negotiating the acquisition of that franchise or unlisted business that best fits the buyer's strengths. This process is described in the Buying a Business section.
Franchises are an alternate route to Business Ownership. Many initially reject the approach because of the franchise fees involved; however, those fees are an exchange for a faster and safer route to success. The why and how of franchise selection is discussed in the Buying a Franchise section.