Buyer FAQ's

Questions about buying a business answered


Do I need an attorney and an accountant to buy a business?

Buying or selling a business can be a complicated venture. While some businesses are sold without the help of accountants and attorneys, we strongly recommend that both the buyer and seller engage professionals.

I'm a resident of another country interested in obtaining an E-2 Visa, can you help?

While the e-2 process is quite complex and we certainly recommend a consultant that specializes in obtaining visas, several of Transworld`s agents have done numerous E-2 transactions and can provide enough help to move you along the process.

Where can I go to look at what business are available to buy?

Our website has a search page where you can look at over 4000 businesses. 

What will the process of buying a company cost me?

Transworld is generally paid by the seller not the buyer. However, other costs do come into play. Legal and accounting fees are generally required and additional startup costs may also come into play.

Will the current owners train me to run the company?

Depending on the complexities of the business, the former owner will offer varying levels of training. On most small businesses, the owner will offer training for two to four weeks at no cost to the new owner.

How do I know that the profit figures that the sellers claim are true?

As part of the acquisition process, you will have to go through “due diligence.” During this period the seller is required to present documents to verify his profit numbers.

Will I have to come up with the entire purchase price?

No. While 100% of the purchase price can be required upfront, most sellers will provide owner financing. The amount the seller is willing to finance is oftentimes the remainder of the purchase price after the down payment has been subtracted.

However, buyers typically finance their down payments through financial institutions, some of which will loan up to 80% of the purchase price. For instance, many buyers finance their down payment through a loan sponsored by the Small Business Administration.

How much money will it take to buy a small business?

Businesses vary in price a great deal, however, it would be unlikely that one could buy a business with much less of a down payment than $50,000.

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