Buying a Business or Franchise Articles

Thinking of buying a business or franchise? If you know what you want, what’s important and how to run and buy a business, then buying an existing business or franchise can be a great way to get into business without going through the process of starting one from scratch. When you buy a business that’s already operating, you can skip the business startup phase and enjoy the cashflow and customers from day one.

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  • Buying a business

    Buying an existing business

    This is always easier and safer than starting one from scratch. Statistically a large number of start-up businesses will fail, with those surviving often being sold to have their new owners make the real gains. So let the ...

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  • Mistakes to avoid when Buying a Business

    5 mistakes to avoid when buying a business

    Buying a business is a life changing decision and one you want to enter with your eyes wide open. Your life will change when it's your name above the door - so here are a few tips to make sure those changes are positive....

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  • How to buy a business

    How to buy a business?

    It’s not every day you buy a business. Acquiring a business is a big decision that can be hugely rewarding - a decision that only a small number of people will make more than once or twice in their lifetime. Here are...

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  • 10 things to know before you buy a business

    10 things to know before you buy a business

    Before you take the plunge and buy a business it pays to get your thinking right, because the quality of your choices will play a large part in determining your success...   download/print version here 10 questi...

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  • be your own boss

    Be your own boss

    How to be your own boss A great boss is hard to find. A great boss sets clear expectations, provides feedback, recognises a job well done and supports their staff to be the best they can be. A great boss is a mentor, c...

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  • How to increase your chances of success

    Better small business success

    How to increase your chances of success When looking at a small businesses for sale NZ, there are some fundamental things that will increase your chances of success. It pays to do your homework as over half of all s...

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  • Why buying a business can be a great investment

    Why buying a business can be a great investment

    "There are some great reasons why you should look at investing your money in a business rather than property." There is the potential to make a much higher return on your money and to spread your financial risk. You also g...

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  • Finding the right franchise for sale opportunity

    Finding the right franchise for sale opportunity

    Buying a franchise is a very attractive way to get into business; providing a measure of security that starting or buying a business can’t offer. However, the decision to buy a franchise needs to be approached ca...

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  • Researching franchise opportunities

    Researching franchise opportunities

    So you want to buy a franchise, but are not sure where to start? There are a multitude of franchise opportunities that look interesting and have potential. The right franchise opportunity is one that matches your expect...

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  • Why buy a franchise business opportunity

    Why buy a franchise business opportunity

    There are three major ways of getting into your own business. You could start the business from scratch, buy an existing business or enter into a franchise arrangement. Each of these three options has it's own unique cha...

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  • Do I need an Accountant

    Do I need an Accountant in Auckland, Christchurch or other NZ centre

    Do I need an Accountant? You might think that a start-up or small business isn’t big enough to warrant using an accountant and is just another cost you can do without. But unless you’re an expert in business ...

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  • Owning a business

    Owning a business

    From corporate minion to thriving business owner There’s no doubt giving up the security of a steady salary to own your own business is gutsy, but for those who dare to do it, the rewards are huge. If we are ho...

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  • online shopping

    Retail business opportunities and challenges

    Retail, but not as we know it... The way we shop has changed tremendously over the last few decades and the rate of change shows no signs of slowing down. Technology, and buyer expectations and habits have affected re...

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  • Buying a trucking business

    What to know before you buy a trucking business

    Buying a Trucking Business Can Be Involved When buying a transport business there are a number of business models that you may be buying into. The model may vary from just buying a truck, buying a truck and contracts,...

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  • Hotels for sale

    Hotels for sale

    ...and buying one! Hotels for Sale - owning a hotel is a popular way to buy a business in the hospitality industry. The industry attracts hundreds of buyers every year from the semi-retired to motivated young hospitali...

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  • Buying a shop or retail business

    Buying a shop or retail business

    "Liked the shop so bought the business" - it does happen and owning your own retail outlet is a dream shared by many. After all there is huge revenue to tap into with New Zealander's spending more than $12,000 in shops ea...

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  • Buying a hotel or motel

    Buying a hotel or motel for sale opportunity

    Providing accommodation for a profit is a business that many of us have thought about and hundreds have followed through on. There is the attraction of working for yourself, working from home, meeting new people and gene...

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  • Cafe restaurant for sale

    Buying a cafe or restaurant

    So you can cook, deal with people and think you could run the cafe down the road better than the current owners - what next? More people are dining out than ever before and opportunities abound for cafes and restaurants....

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  • buying a service business

    About buying a service business

    You have decided to buy a business - but what type best suits you? There are 4 main types: · Manufacturing · Distribution · Retail · Services Each has its own unique characteristics that m...

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  • buying a retail business

    About buying a retail business

    You have decided to buy a business - but what type of business suits you? There are 4 main types: · Manufacturing · Distribution · Retail · Services Each has its own unique characteristics...

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  • buying a distribution business

    About buying a distribution business

    You have decided to buy a business - but what type best suits you? There are 4 main types: · Manufacturing · Distribution · Retail · Services Each has its own unique characteristics that m...

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  • buying a manufacturing business

    About buying a manufacturing business

    You have decided to buy a business - but what type best suits you? There are 4 main types: · Manufacturing · Distribution · Retail · Services Each has its own unique characteristics that m...

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  • How to measure a business

    How to measure a business's success before you buy it

    What are the simple measures of business success? If you are looking to buy a business, you want to know it's on the right path, and that you can achieve your monetary and personal objectives. Every solid business shoul...

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  • home based business

    Work from home with a home based business for sale opportunity

    There are many ways to work from home and owning your own home based business for sale is a great option. Our work place and workday world is changing. Companies are downsizing and outsourcing services allowing some the...

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  • New Zealand business migration visas

    New Zealand business migration and long term business visas

    New Zealand needs business migrants more than ever and people with overseas experience in self-employment can be a real asset to New Zealand. If you have relevant business experience and the financial capacity to take adva...

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  • New Zealand business visas

    Business visas - buying a New Zealand business

    New Zealand has been ranked as the number two country for ease of doing business, second only to Singapore (2008 World Bank survey). If you're looking to buy or invest in a New Zealand business then you will need to check ...

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  • now is good for buying a business

    Why now is good for buying a business

    There's no hiding from the current hard times; the media is awash with headlines of hard luck stories, however it's not all bad. Now might, in fact, be the very best time there is for buying a business. Why? Not all busine...

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  • find a job or buy a business

    Should I find a job or buy a business

    Life is a journey that we all move through. We attend school and maybe go onto further studies.  We form relationships, get a job and maybe have a family. Often we will seek out a better job or maybe we start out on...

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  • Top tips when buying a business

    Top tips when buying a business

    Owning a business can be a great way of making a living while enjoying the benefits of being your own boss and owning a business. There is a huge range of business opportunities out there, from small home-based businesses ...

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  • why you should be your own boss

    Why you should be your own boss

    Five great reasons why you should own a business Some people are born entrepreneurs. They are the ones who had lemonade stands as kids and who were never afraid to try something new. They are natural risk takers. Others s...

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  • what worries small business owners

    The top 5 things that keep small business owners up at night

    The top 5 things that keep small business owners up at night Running a small business is no easy task. From the moment the alarm goes off in the morning until your head hits the pillow at the end of the day, there’s a...

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  • What makes a successful small business owner

    What makes a successful small business owner

    Ever think some businesses are just destined to succeed? Maybe they’ve got a great product or maybe they found a real niche and sales just took off. You may be surprised to know that small business success actually...

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  • business choice chance change

    The three Cs of life – choice, chance, change

    "You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change". Although the quote comes from “unknown”, the person who said "Choice chance and change" clearly knew a thing or two about how to get th...

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  • Finding the right business to buy

    Finding the right business to buy

    So you want to be your own boss but you’re not sure where to start. Perhaps you have an idea or are still looking, waiting for that ideal business opportunity to present itself. Finding the right business to buy is ea...

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