Buying a Business

SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurship Education provides this self-paced training exercise as an overview of how to buy a business and of the resources available to help you buy a business. It will take about 30 minutes to complete the course. Additional time will be needed to review included resource materials and to complete the suggested next steps at the end of the course.

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Are you interested in learning how to buy a business ? This free online course from the U.S. Small Business Administration is the best place to start.

Course description

This free self-paced course provides an overview of the process of buying a business and provides resources to help you decide if buying a business is right for you. Topics include how and what to research, how to determine the value, and how to transfer ownership of a business.

Course content

  • Buying an existing business
  • Deciding to buy a business
  • Steps to starting
  • Due diligence
  • Due diligence―initial research
  • Determining the value of a business
  • Purchasing options
  • Sales agreement
  • Checklist for closing on a business
  • Transitioning
  • Summary

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