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Business For Sale

When business owners decide to throw in the towel, move, or retire, they often choose to sell their business rather than close it altogether. This lets them recover some of their investment. As a prospective business owner, buying an established business can be beneficial. You do not need to invest as much time and money as you would to establish a new business as you can benefit from a pre-existing customer base. You can find plenty of businesses for sale in South Africa. However, there are several things you need to consider before you get started.

Things That Are Included

First of all, you need to find out what is included in the business. In most cases, you get the location, signage, existing inventory, displays, furniture, and décor. However, the seller may take inventory or display items, so it is a good idea to ask what exactly is included in the sale price and get it in writing.

Things That Are Not Included

Business licences and permits are non-transferrable, so you will need to apply for a new licence when you buy an existing business. Although businesses for sale usually include the location, you will need to pay rent if the previous owner rented the premise.

Other Important Considerations

Employees are an important consideration. When you buy a business, you have the option of retaining existing staff. However, they may not want to work with a new business owner, and you may not want to work with them. Ideally, you should invest in a business with staff you can retain. If you cannot keep existing staff on board, you will need to hire and train new employees, which costs time and money.

You should also think about your ability to work in the industry in question. There is little point in buying a shop that sells women's clothing when you have no interest in fashion and no desire to learn about clothes.

There are plenty of businesses for sale in South Africa, from Johannesburg to Cape Town. Options include shops, restaurants, salons, and other services. Buying a business involves careful consideration and there are lots of choices out there. Compare offers carefully, ask lots of questions, and most importantly, choose something that feels right.