Businesses for Sale in South Africa

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Machinery

Ref: 3054

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Light Rigging Company for Sale

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 6,295,000

Annual Turnover

R 6,676,060

Monthly Cash Flow

R 48,527

Reliable Light Rigging Company for Sale in Cape Town, Western Cape. This 14-year-old business is a reliable company with modern, well-maintained equipment which allows them to provide an array of services to the construction, cable, and transportation industry. A well-established and successful business that pride themselves on delivering leading service. This company has expanded to what is today one of the most reliable and competitive fleets based in the Western Cape, specializing in crane-related transport. The key fundamentals are their clients assets their knowledge, as well as their experienced, reliable, and qualified staff. The business is manager operated, though the owner is hands-on involved in the day to day operations. All trucks (8 ton to 14 ton) are well-maintained, regularly serviced, and certified in regular intervals. The company complies with all health and safety requirements. The asking price includes vehicles to the value of more than R4.7m and excludes VAT.
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Cleaning

Ref: 3050

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Domestic Cleaning Business

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 1,115,000

Annual Turnover

R 144,825

Monthly Cash Flow

R 31,680

Successful domestic cleaning service operating in the northern suburbs of Cape Town. The business has been operating for 17x years, 2x of which has been with the current owner. The cleaning service is mainly focused on the residential market. The business operates with 2x teams who work in tandem, all cleaning staff are supersized and use their own transport.
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Limousine/Taxi

Ref: 3049

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Shuttle Services and Corporate Branding

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 670,000

Annual Turnover

R 640,700

Monthly Cash Flow

R 25,000

This is a unique opportunity to acquire TWO well established home-based businesses. The one business runs a shuttle service from Cape Town International airport and the other business is a stalwart in corporate branding and personalized printing. The owner has deliberately kept the shuttle business small to keep the personal touch in the business. A new owner can do the same or explore the massive scope for growth in this business. No vehicle is included in the price. The corporate branding business focuses on corporate gifts trade for various businesses. The key to success is the working relationship of trust and respect with suppliers and clientele. All branding and printing equipment are included in the sale. This business can grow by employing sales reps and additional marketing. The price of R 670 000 for both businesses includes stock of +- R 7 500 and excludes VAT.
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Communication / Technology

Ref: 3043

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Two-Way Radio Service & Installation Business

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 740,000

Annual Turnover

R 1,083,115

Monthly Cash Flow

R 28,976

Investment opportunity in an established Two-Way radio service and installation business based in the Overberg. The business has been running for nearly 30 years and has strong relationships with its customers. This owner-run business supplies and services two-way radios as well as supporting the infrastructure of various sized businesses. They are largely involved in the agricultural industry serving farmers but also work closely with the suppliers of vehicles and agricultural machinery.
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Services

Ref: 3032

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New to be Established Paving Franchises For Sale

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 774,925

Annual Turnover

undisclosed

Monthly Cash Flow

undisclosed

The paving franchise was established in 2011. On offer is two individual franchises - one in Mossel Bay and one in Knysna selling at R774,925 exclulding VAT each. In 2020 the owner decided to expand the franchise but selling it in different areas of South Africa. This is an opportunity not to missed. Work from home and there is minimal administration work. No costly stockholding and the equipment is included in the price. There is a choice of domestic or industrial equipment. This is a unique business opportunity. Services offered include conventional paving and decorating concrete edging. This is the only paving company in SA that can do edge paved areas in an aesthetically pleasing way. If you are a hands-on, customer service driven entrepreneur, this is a business opportunity worth cosidering. No technical skills required. Training is provided to all staff and owners.
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Services

Ref: 3028

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Paving Franchise for Sale

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 890,000

Annual Turnover

undisclosed

Monthly Cash Flow

undisclosed

Secure your financial future now with this successful franchise group! A newly established franchise in George now offered for sale! The franchise is a proudly South African key provider of domestic and commercial paving and decorative concrete edging services to the public sector at large. They specialize in different kinds of paving and curbing, they are also busy with a glow in the dark paving. The paving can be used indoors and outdoors. The paving market is only now booming in SA. What makes this a good business opportunity? = One of the best SMME franchise opportunities in SA today = Complete turnkey business system = No previous experience required – full training provided = Affordable – partial financing available = Proven unique product mix = No direct competition = A unique ‘no-risk’ business model What makes this franchise different from other paving companies: - The conventional paving and decorative concrete edging is a unique product mix - a Client service evaluation program - Every branch is owner-managed - Permanent staff and no casuals, which provides added security to clients. - a Unique franchise model established throughout the country Entrepreneurs who are prepared to be hands-on involved in the day to day operations of their own business can enquire now. Asking price excludes VAT and includes custom-built trailer, edging equipment, general paving tools and promotional material. Franchises in Knysna, Mossel Bay and Klein Karoo also available. Please enquire for price and more details.
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Entertainment

Ref: 3009

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Stand Up Paddle Boarding Startup Business

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 450,000

Annual Turnover

undisclosed

Monthly Cash Flow

undisclosed

If you are looking for a business opportunity in the outdoors, then look no further! On offer is all the equipment to start a stand-up paddleboarding business. You literally only need to find a spot to put down this business and you are ready to start operating. The business is ideal for someone who loves the outdoors and even fitness enthusiasts. The business can offer a fun outdoor activity and it is great for team-building exercises and fun birthday adventures. The start-up stand-up paddleboards are inflatable and easy to transport and set up anywhere in South Africa. The business can be run from anywhere where clients can absorb the beauty of picturesque greenery and captivating waterways. View the enchanting water creatures below, and the brilliantly colored bird life above, feel the true pulse of nature at its best! The business is operated with minimal overheads. The equipment is in a transportable container and can be relocated anywhere in South Africa. Asking price does not include transport or relocation of the container. This is a great opportunity for an existing business like a campsite next to a river, or restaurant next to a lagoon or river, to expand existing operations or if you simply want to supplement existing income without a huge increase in overheads.
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Services

Ref: 3002

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Occupational Health & Safety Consulting Franchise

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 510,000

Annual Turnover

R 1,271,700

Monthly Cash Flow

undisclosed

Multiple franchise opportunities nationally across SA for a Health & Safety Consultancy franchise now available. This franchise group offers investors and franchisees a unique opportunity to own an occupational health & safety consultancy. The group operates across all industries in South Africa and has multiple franchise opportunities available which are geographically set. They service a wide client base including but not limited to wholesale, retail, warehousing, transport, agriculture, restaurants, hotel & leisure. The group is well established with 14 franchisees nationally, they have franchise opportunities in the following areas; KZN, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Pretoria, and Gauteng. The franchise group provides it’s franchisees with a complete turnkey operation including the necessary training to operate effectively, franchisees in return embark on a new career path and become empowered by owning their own businesses and gain the ability to directly benefit from their individual efforts. The franchise is well established to offer lead generation opportunities to its franchisees who in return benefit from proven systems & procedures, software, marketing & networks, and training.
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Entertainment

Ref: 856

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Synthetic Ice Rink Start-up

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 395,000

Annual Turnover

undisclosed

Monthly Cash Flow

undisclosed

Start-up Business Opportunity - Synthetic Ice Rink Asset Sale An opportunity exists to start a family fun business anywhere in SA. Floor area required between 100mm² to 120m² - square or rectangular. This is ideal for someone wanting to add a family entertainment activity to an existing business or an entrepreneur looking to start up a new entertainment business offering family fun for kiddies all ages - pre-school to young teenagers. This type of business can be operated with very low overheads and has the potential for above-average profits. This synthetic ice rink is selling at a third of its replacement value. Delivery and installation are for the buyers account and the seller will gladly assist. This opportunity is offered on a first-come-first-served basis. Asking price excludes transport and set up. Please enquire for more details and pictures.
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Services

Services

Ref: 847

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Investment Opportunity in Forestry Industry

South Africa

Asking Price

R 15,200,000

Annual Turnover

R 16,089,000

Monthly Cash Flow

undisclosed

Exclusive and niche opportunity to acquire 20% equity @ US800,000 in a company established in 2005 and which is soon to be the “Amazon.com” in the trading of responsibly produced and managed forest products through an online trading portal. This company is well hedged to deal with economic downturns as is the case with the temporary COVID-19. This fast-growing company’s primary purpose is to link responsible communities with markets, by providing an online trading portal for responsibly managed forest products and by rolling out software-driven FSC Certified Group Schemes globally, supported by the company’s technical skills. The company aims to be the recognised global trading platform for the industries procuring responsibly produced products and services from forests (both natural forests and plantations). It is a strategy to offer a credible, differentiated service at low cost, in a niche market. The company operates worldwide, with clients in more than 80 countries and a permanent presence in South Africa, Thailand, Namibia, Panama, Uganda, and Russia. The company is in an advanced stage of rolling out its forestry group scheme management system in Southern Africa, East Africa and South-East Asia. The roll-out will generate above-average profits over the next 5 years, offering the investor a return of at least 20% in the first year, whereafter returns are projected to escalate exceptionally due to the international roll-out of the system. This opportunity will suit: 1. An investor with an IT/technology or corporate governance background 2. Venture capitalists, or corporate companies looking to invest in the green business. The exchange rate used to calculate the asking price herewith is R19/US1. The exchange rate at the time the transaction is concluded will apply.
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Services

Services

Ref: 793

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Accounting Practice Franchise

South Africa

Asking Price

R 250,000

Annual Turnover

undisclosed

Monthly Cash Flow

undisclosed

With over 70 Franchisees in place across South Africa, this Accounting Franchise opportunity has been proven to work successfully. The appropriately qualified Franchisor has developed a complete support value-offering for the entrepreneurial accountant who wants to quantum leap into the proven advantages of such a reputable brand. Access to larger clients, specialist support bases and an extensive range of colleagues are a few of the key advantages to being part of this enviable growth group of like-minded accountants. This opportunity is aimed at newly qualified young accountants as well as existing accounting practices. The question is: Do you want your accounting practice (i.e. Your work) to have realizable value when you need to exit or retire? Here is the solution if you answered YES! We need not say any more. Enquire today and we will introduce you to a Professional life-changing opportunity.
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Cleaning

Ref: 786

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Cleaning Services Business

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 755,000

Annual Turnover

R 413,520

Monthly Cash Flow

R 26,457

Successful Cleaning Services Company for Sale in the Garden Route! This business specializes in cleaning windows (main service) and cleaning upmarket residential properties (mostly holiday rentals). With more than 325 homes on their database, this owner-managed business has a good reputation for excellent service. The company is high in demand for their reliable service. The owner is hands-on involved in the day to day operations of the business. Now is a good time to acquire this successful business so you can scoop up the peak season business ahead. If you are customer-service driven, loves working with people, enjoy strategic planning, and work with solutions, then this is an opportunity that deserves your attention. Asking price excludes stock of approximately R 15,000.
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Electronic / Mobile Commerce

Ref: 770

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Electronics Supply and Repairs

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 470,000

Annual Turnover

R 475,247

Monthly Cash Flow

R 13,749

Old school electronics, sound, component supply, and repair business now up for grabs! The owner is looking to retire and would like to hand this business to the next generation entrepreneur who can take the 60-year-old legacy to the next level. This well-established business is situated on the Garden Route. Under current ownership (3rd owner), the business has been providing the seller with sustainable income year on year. The client base is 90% fixed. The client profile is 60% of commercial clients (businesses/repair shops) and 40% general public (end-user). The business is run by the owner and his wife with no additional staff. Customers come from as far as the Klein Karoo and Port Elizabeth. Stock holding is done manually. This well-known Garden Route business has over the years, established itself as a reliable and trustworthy supply and repair center for all kinds of electronic equipment. The seller is prepared to stay on for a month to ensure a smooth handover. The selling price includes all stock on hand on the date of handover. The stock value is estimated to be close to the asking price of the business, resulting in a very small goodwill component being charged for a long-established 60-year-old business, brand, and reputation!
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Entertainment

Ref: 764

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Bookshop

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 1,695,000

Annual Turnover

R 985,340

Monthly Cash Flow

R 32,000

Imagine yourself as the new owner of a bookshop that featured in the New York Times and Lonely Planet Guide as a must-see in this area. Set in a beautiful seaside town in Overberg, Western Cape, this bookshop has become internationally recognised as a source of out-of-print books. This bookshop carrying selected collectable books and a comprehensive range of Africana. The moment you step inside you escape to another world. The shelves are bursting at the seams with a combination of coffee-table books, biographies and many more. A real landmark in this beautiful seaside town. The price for this business is R 1 695 000 including stock of R 700 000 and excluding VAT.
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Garden/Household

Ref: 641

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Busy Plumbware Supplier & Property

Gauteng (GP)

Asking Price

R 9,500,000

Annual Turnover

R 9,479,059

Monthly Cash Flow

R 135,417

Situated in a highly charged commercial node in Gauteng, this Plumbware supplier has done no marketing ! How do they do it ? *Position of the store is convenient. ** Product range is excellent, with back-up stock available within a few hours when needed. ***Pricing is competitive and support for contracts is given where appropriate. ****Service is rated highly, clients are King! The range comprises all the plumbing hardware as well as some competitive ranges of taps and mixers. They stock everything that is needed by their clients who are plumbers, builders and the public who come to browse the above the pipework fittings on offer. The management systems are well tested and proven excellent. A solid business and property opportunity with reasonable growth potential. The Asking Price is for the business and the building, but excludes Stock of R3,5m and Vat.
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Entertainment

Ref: 619

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Eco Friendly Property Development

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 14,000,000

Annual Turnover

undisclosed

Monthly Cash Flow

R 3,805

This is a unique business and development opportunity in the fast-growing tourism industry on the Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa. This business opportunity comprises a firmly established lifestyle center on a 10ha property which is based on the Garden Route, South Africa with the potential to develop tented accommodation on the property. The Garden Route is a beautiful and accessible area in South Africa renowned for its pristine beaches, indigenous forests and nature reserves. This unique property offers a one of its kind tourism experience. The opportunity exists to expand the existing business, by developing tented accommodation on the property. Approval in principle is in place to build of 5 tents. Theres little to beat the romance of sleeping under canvas - not to mention that you feel so much more connected to the beautiful environment outside as you can properly hear the night sounds of the bush. If you are a developer looking for a unique business, then this opportunity deserves your consideration. For more details about this green, environmentally friendly development and business opportunity, please contact us now!
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Services

Ref: 614

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Swimming Pool Business

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 720,000

Annual Turnover

R 2,630,703

Monthly Cash Flow

R 45,000

This well-established business is in a very popular and fast-growing area in Western Cape designs, constructs refurbish and maintains swimming pools. Growth diversification opportunities within the solar heating and jacuzzi markets are being implemented. The business operates with an established client base. Exciting new projects are undertaken with new pools being constructed on an ongoing basis. The business has been operated by the current owners for the past 24 months and has already generated a revenue of more than R 2 500 000 per year. This is proof that this is a winning business model. The business generates recurring monthly income through a client base of clients using the companys maintenance services on a monthly or bi-weekly basis. The business has been in operation for nearly five years. If you are looking for a fast-growing business with ample growth potential, contact me now for more details about this opportunity! Asking price excludes stock of R 5,000 and VAT.
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Animal related

Ref: 528

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Pet Kennels and Property

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 2,230,000

Annual Turnover

R 196,223

Monthly Cash Flow

undisclosed

The 1665 sqm property and business has been developed especially for the care of pets in the Garden Route. Dogs are the favorites, then the cats, and even birds. Judging by the regular returns, the pets are happy with the very clean environment in the open air, with plenty of suns. The establishment even cares for some wildlife. There is a small dwelling on the property for the manager/caretaker. Fully perimeter walled, with 2 electric access gates, all buildings are in very good condition. The asking price is for the property is R1,550,000 and the business R680,000, resulting in an asking price of R2,230,000.
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Entertainment

Ref: 518

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Lifestyle Centre With Property

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 14,000,000

Annual Turnover

R 541,965

Monthly Cash Flow

R 3,805

This is a charming food and lifestyle center situated in a central location on the Garden Route. The business concept is to create an environment where small businesses can trade in a natural outdoor venue with a unique look and feel. Existing businesses that currently operate in this center include five food/eating venues as well as various local retail outlets ( including clothing & accessories, design studio, art gallery, etc.). The business offers various rental income streams and is probably one of the unique operations in the Garden Route, Western Cape. The environmentally conscious venue does not use any chemicals, recycles grey water, repurposes wet waste from the restaurant, and captures rainwater. A cottage at the top of the property is entirely off the grid. The property is 10ha in expanse and offers various development options, which will be discussed in detail with a qualified buyer. If you are looking for a unique business with property and development potential, then this opportunity deserves your consideration. Included in the asking price is the 10ha fixed property. The property has the appropriate consent use in place to operate as a tourism operation. Dont miss out on an opportunity to get involved in one of the fastest-growing industries in the Garden Route and South Africa! Asking price excludes VAT.
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Entertainment

Ref: 511

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Own This Young Franchisor Group

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 395,000

Annual Turnover

R 1,292,000

Monthly Cash Flow

undisclosed

You are buying the rights, the intellectual property, the operations manuals, and management guidelines to become the new Franchisor for a chain of Kiddies Hair salon franchises. The product is hairstyling services and entertainment for the younger generation. Whilst relatively new in RSA, the concept is big business overseas and is showing exponential growth. The new owner would do well with some hair salon & entertainment industry experience, but would certainly need to be able to support the 5 existing franchisee stores, as well as attract new franchisee stores around the country in order to grow. A new store will be opening soon in Gauteng. There is no staff, no assets and there is no lease; the new owner takes the IP and positions it into their own existing enterprise, or this could well be a new venture for an entrepreneur. The very reasonable asking price excludes VAT. Too good to be true? Its both! True and Very Good!
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Driving Schools

Ref: 504

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Driver Training Business

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 400,000

Annual Turnover

R 664,000

Monthly Cash Flow

R 16,667

A small operation in the Garden Route, this business is relatively uncomplicated and easy to manage. The training vehicles are in good condition, and the instructor team is well experienced. Demand for driver training is constant, and the business would definitely benefit from having a hands-on owner. License codes 8, 10 and learners 14 are catered for. Opportunities for growth in the greater area are good. This business would suit anyone who is looking for an easy-to-manage type of business in the Garden Route. The new owner would not be tied-up full time at all and would be able to enjoy a variable and flexible working day.
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Hire/Rent

Ref: 456

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National Promotions & Events Agency

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 8,362,500

Annual Turnover

R 17,631,992

Monthly Cash Flow

R 260,494

The business delivers an event planning and management solution to corporate brands and is the market leader in providing a complete national campaign solution. Offering all aspects including setting up and providing of equipment complimented by trained promotional staffing solutions. The company is contacted to facilitate various annual national events. A highly integrated online promotion management system provides customized reporting and feedback for predetermined monitoring of core areas. This allows for accurate, feedback thereby allowing the clients to easily measure return on investment in a meaningful manner. Other features include post-campaign PowerPoint presentations, a real-time client portal, and a full campaign summary. Regional managers control and manage sales teams ensuring that targets are met and relationships are maintained with customers. All areas are serviced including the Western Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Gauteng, Free State, Pretoria, and Eastern Cape Provinces. The business is driven by its passion for customer service, people and their businesses and delivers exceptional standards of service while providing a profitable return to the owner. Selling price excludes VAT
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Questions about buying a business in South Africa

Most of the businesses for sale with us are valued on the following;

  • The amount of money they earn
  • The desirability of the industry
  • The associated risk factors

Higher prices will be paid for businesses in more desirable industries that are operating in a market perceived as low risk. These types of businesses are in strong demand. Therefore, the value of the business will be greater than for one in a less sought-after industry and perceived to have a higher risk factor attached to it, even though both businesses may make the same amount of money.

Most small owner-operated businesses are valued according to the cash surplus available to the owner. Depending on the industry this will vary. The amount will depend on factors such as the industry, location and length of time in business.

Larger businesses are valued on either a return on investment (ROI) or a price to earnings ratio (PE). Once again this will vary depending on the industry and the amount of net profit generated by the business.
When you have your first meeting with one of our business brokers, they will give you an overview of the values of businesses within the industry sectors of interest to you.

Some industries are very sought after, and newly listed businesses sell quickly. To ensure you are aware of new listings we provide a unique service by sending you an automatic email with details of any new listings that match the criteria you have pre-selected when registering for this exclusive service.
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Many of the businesses we list are sold before they are advertised. By registering to buy a business, you will receive priority notification of all appropriate new listings from any one of our team of brokers, not just from the broker you have initially met with.

If you are serious about buying a business, you should make an appointment with one of our specialist business brokers who is knowledgeable in the industry sector that interests you. Our business brokers specialise in the sale of businesses in which they have prior industry experience thus giving you access to industry-specific knowledge. Your broker will ask specific questions in order to find the business that is best suited to your requirements. And don’t forget to search for businesses for sale by using the Businesses4Sale search bar.

You will be asked to sign a Deed of Confidentiality before receiving confidential information on any business you are contemplating buying. This protects the owner of the business by ensuring the information you receive will be treated as confidential and not passed on to other parties. Business owners want to be assured that the information given out to a pre-qualified buyer will be treated in confidence.

Once you have decided to buy a business, you will benefit from an initial meeting with one of our brokers, and they will have your name in mind when any new business becomes available.

When you initially look at a business, certain information will be supplied. However, in some cases, the owner of the business will be reluctant to reveal too much about the business until an offer is made. Many aspects in the operation of a business are commercially sensitive and confidential, thus a business owner would not be wise to disclose all until a prospective purchaser has indicated a serious intention to purchase by making a conditional offer.

 

A conditional offer is normally subject to the purchaser performing due diligence, a process whereby you as the purchaser requests, for scrutiny, specific information on the operation of the business. The owner will supply this information under due diligence. The buyer must maintain the strictest of confidentiality through this process and must not disclose any information to other parties except any professional advisors they are using in the process.

 

The due diligence process is for the benefit of the purchaser, giving you time to complete the verification process. If satisfied with the end result, the agreement proceeds, and you become the proud owner of your new business. If, however, you are not satisfied with the results of the due diligence, then the owner is advised accordingly, and the agreement comes to an end. The deposit money held in trust is refunded in full.

Before you begin looking to buy a business the first step is to work out what money you have available. There is no point in looking at businesses for sale that are beyond what you can afford. Calculate how much cash you have available and what other assets such as property you could borrow against.

 

When dealing with a business broker tell them how much you have to invest, then they will direct you to suitable businesses within your price range. The business broker will also know which businesses for sale are more suitable to finance, or if the current owner is prepared to finance some of the purchase price. If the broker knows what funds you have available, this will help them to help you.

 

With some types of business, it can be difficult to borrow money using just the business as security, due to the difficulty a bank may have in securing its loan. i.e. a retail store’s asset is the stock which it is constantly selling off. Therefore, the bank would not have any actual security. If you have a house or investment property, you may be able to use this as security for a mortgage to buy the business, thereby requiring very little actual cash.

Once again, buying a business through a broker will help you in this process. The business broker will explain the process to you and guide you through it.

The business broker will prepare the sale and purchase agreement for you. This is the document used for making an offer to purchase the business and needs to include special conditions to protect you throughout the process. Likewise, the owner of the business will want to know that the confidentiality of his business is protected through this process.

 

The agreement contains conditions that protect you, the purchaser and also the owner of the business. The document details information regarding the business along with the price you are offering and the special conditions relative to the offer. At this stage, you will also need to pay a deposit. If you are buying through a licenced Real Estate company such as Businesses4Sale the deposit is held in a trust account until the agreement becomes unconditional. If the conditions upon which you are prepared to buy the business are not met, then your deposit is refunded in full without any deductions. The trust account is audited and operated under very strict legal requirements.

 

Before signing the agreement, it may be advisable to have your lawyer review the agreement. When choosing a lawyer, it is important to use one familiar with the process of buying a business. Business brokers are not qualified to give legal advice, and likewise, lawyers are not experienced in selling businesses. Your lawyer will be looking after your interests just as the lawyer for the seller will be doing for their client, and the agreement must be workable for both parties. Ultimately the lawyer works for you, and you must have a say in everything that is done. Once you have signed the agreement, it is then presented to the business owner who will either accept it or make the necessary alterations before returning the agreement to you for your acceptance or further alteration. This is called negotiation and the agreement may go back and forth several times until both parties are in agreement. This is the work of the business broker who will liaise between both parties and often, through experience, bring solutions that can result in both parties reaching an agreement.

Gathering all the information you need to make an informed decision should start with the basics.

 

Price – is the business within your budget and can you fund the purchase?
Location – is the business suitable for you and is it in a good area for this type of business?
Lease – how long is the lease and are there rights of renewal (ROR)?
Rent – how much is the rent and other associated outgoings?
Staff – how many employees (full-time or part-time)?
Income – how much money will you earn? How long has the business been operating?

Confidentiality is paramount, and your business broker will arrange a time with the business owner for you to inspect the business.

 

A physical inspection of the business should come at a time when you have considered the financial information given to you, are satisfied with this and wish to proceed further. Remember, however, that the owner of a business will be very sensitive about your visit. On the one hand they will want to provide you with all the information you require, yet on the other hand, they will not want the staff to know why you are really there. Please respect this sensitivity and have the courtesy not to embarrass the owner.

We are often asked what the perfect business is. There is no perfect business as each business and industry has its own unique set of challenges for the owner. It is important to buy a business in an industry that you relate to and believe you can learn and be comfortable with. We have sold businesses where the owners have moved into an industry with no experience but they could relate well to that industry. Look to buy a business with an eye towards what you can do with it, how you can improve it and how you can use your ideas and enthusiasm to make it more profitable and productive.

 

A new owner can sometimes see potential in a business that the current owner can’t see simply because of the new owner’s skills. Whatever the type of business, make sure that it will be fun for you and you will enjoy what you do.

A professional business broker can provide you with many different business opportunities including some that you may never have considered. Frequently we have people buying businesses they had never considered buying until the business broker explained how this business could be suited to them. All our brokers have owned their own businesses, understand and relate to the process you as a buyer are going through and can provide you with helpful information on the business you are considering buying.
An experienced specialist business broker has industry knowledge that can assist you when considering buying a business and will normally have a selection of businesses for you to compare. Our brokers have prepared the necessary information, gathered financial documentation and compiled it in an information memorandum for you to review.

 

There is no cost to you in buying through a business broker; their fee is paid by the seller.

It is important to have a business broker who is knowledgeable in the industry you want to buy into. Our brokers specialise in business categories that they have experience in, thus giving you a business broker knowledgeable in that industry and experienced in the process of buying and selling a business.

Please use the search bar on the top right-hand side to find that special business you are looking for and Register with us for regular email updates. If you would like an Advanced Search click here. You can also contact a Businesses4Sale broker directly and enhance the probability of finding the right business for you.

When you make contact with our company, ask for the broker who specialises in the type of business you are seeking to buy. At any one time, Businesses4Sale has over 220 businesses for sale.

It is important to have a business broker who is knowledgeable in the industry you want to buy into. Our brokers specialise in business categories that they have experience in, thus giving you a business broker knowledgeable in that industry and experienced in the process of buying and selling a business.

Please use the search bar on the top right-hand side to find that special business you are looking for and Register with us for regular email updates. If you would like an Advanced Search click here. You can also contact a Businesses4Sale broker directly and enhance the probability of finding the right business for you.

When you make contact with our company, ask for the broker who specialises in the type of business you are seeking to buy. At any one time, Businesses4Sale has over 220 businesses for sale.

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