There are many pitfalls that we should consider when we are planning to buy a business.
- We don’t research it properly: We should be able to uncover potential problems or issues before we buy a new company. As soon as the spot one that they like, investors fail to properly investigate the business. Due to deadlines and targets, they may not have enough time to perform thorough reviews. We should try to get all available details we can about the company. We should be able to discover all essential things, so we should get cracking and try to find out. A lax attitude could prove very costly in the long run and the due diligence should take place for at least one month.
- We try to find a perfect business: Unfortunately, nothing is perfect. All companies have their own set of challenges, risks and problems. In practice, a perfect business doesn’t exist. We should always expect element of risks when we analyze a company. What we need to do is to assess how much problems related to a business. Are they small or large? Manageable or very serious? Once we have identified these problems, we should consider whether we are facing an inevitable full-scale calamity. The most important thing is having an open mind, but we shouldn’t be reckless at all. If we find a problem, we should meet the seller and discuss the problem. We need to find out whether these problems can be resolved. But above all, we shouldn’t expect to get a “perfect business”.
- We instantly avoid top price companies: This may sound rather crazy, but sometimes we should consider buying more expensive companies. Sellers who are confident about the potentials of their business won’t budge on their original asking price. In fact, some of these businesses will easily help us make a big profit after we purchase it. As long as the seller doesn’t ask outrageously, we should check the company whether it can help us gather good profit. At the end of the day, we will be satisfied to know that we have a company with huge potentials, although it is sold at higher price than others.
- We are being too emotional: Successful businesspeople are able to keep their excitement and enthusiasm apart for the logical approach. We could find that we are being confronted with many possible decisions to take. In this situation, we should keep a clear head, so we are able to navigate our way through. There are problems that we will encounter if we get much too emotional before buying a business. We may lose focus on a task and we should acquire a business that provides us with solid foundation for growth and success. We should be enthusiastic, but it shouldn’t get in the way of the level-headed research. Buying a business is all about having rational thinking. On the other hand, negative emotions could cause us to dismiss or criticize a business unfairly without knowing all the full facts.