Becoming a business owner may have always been your dream, but that does not mean you have to start one from nothing. You have an alternative, which is to buy an existing business and then run it as you see fit — either modifying it in some way or simply running it as is. 

So, what are the advantages of buying instead of starting your own company? Some of them include:

  • You can review the financial records, so you already know that the business works. There is less question about whether or not it’s a viable idea. 
  • If the company already makes a profit, you don’t have to worry about the start-up period. Remember, some companies take years to begin earning a profit, so starting from that point is very advantageous. 
  • You have an established reputation — as a company — and a customer base that knows who you are. You may seek to expand, of course, but it helps to already have some level of name recognition. 
  • The business already has much of what you need, from the physical assets to the workforce. It’s all in place and you can focus on running it, rather than buying space, buying machines, stocking inventory, hiring workers and the like. 

Now, buying does not give you quite as much freedom, but maybe that’s not what you want. Maybe you value stability. You know it’s hard to become a business owner. Buying a business may be a course of action that you enjoy, then, since it can reduce the risk. No matter what you decide to do, make sure you are well aware of the legal steps you’ll need to take moving forward.