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5 Tips on How to Make More Effective Use of Social Media

If you do any kind of reading about marketing at all, you're going to see tips about using social media as a part of your strategy. There's a simple reason for that--social media marketing truly is becoming a necessity for businesses across all industries. Many business owners are reluctant to believe this, though, because they're stuck on two big myths about social media. If you've let either of these two beliefs keep you off of social media, it's time to make a change and fast if you don't want to lose out to your competitors: 1. "Only women are on [...]

8 Ways to Show Customers You Appreciate Their Business

Ask any online business broker for a list of things that will help you sell an online business for a top price, and growing sales volume and strong profitability are sure to be on the top of the list. To achieve those numbers, you need satisfied customers. Studies show that it's much more expensive for any business to attract a new customer than it is for one to retain a current one, and that's even truer in the world of online businesses where more inexpensive forms of marketing like signage and flyers just aren't possible. To keep your business growing [...]

Hot Startup Trends – Subscription Box Businesses

More and more people are considering starting an online business in hopes of becoming their own bosses and realizing their dreams of becoming entrepreneurs. While traditional Internet businesses like e-commerce stores and service-based businesses are still incredibly popular choices of start-ups, a newer type of online business is slowly gaining traction and attracting would-be business owners as well as investors. That online business model is the subscription box business, and if you're toying with the idea of entering the online business world, it could be the right choice for you.   What Is a Subscription Box Business? A subscription box [...]

What’s Changed in Small Business Acquisition Financing

If you're thinking about trying to sell an online business or possibly buy one in the near future, it's important to be aware of the trends in small business acquisition financing. In other words, you need to keep abreast of how other entrepreneurs are paying for companies that they want to purchase. Why does it matter to you? Well, if you're hoping to soon be a seller, you'll want to have some feel for how your prospective buyers are likely to pay. If sellers are likely to go through a bank or take advantage of a government program to obtain [...]

Get Pre-Qualified Before You Choose an Online Business to Buy

You've decided that it's finally time to make your dream of owning your own business a reality. You know that an online business is the right choice for your needs, and you know just what niche you want to enter. The excitement is building. You're ready to jump in and begin your search, but there is one thing you should do before you start making calls and conducting online hunts for an individual that wants to sell a web business that is just what you're looking for. Before you go any further, you need to get pre-qualified to buy a [...]

How Do I Qualify For A SBA Loan?

If you're hoping to buy an online business, determining how you'll fund the sale before you begin your search for a business owner who hopes to sell their web business is a wise idea. Experienced website brokers will tell you that obtaining bank financing to purchase an online business can be difficult. Lenders are often hesitant to extend credit for purchasing Internet companies, particularly when there is no major real estate or equipment involved in the sale that can be used as collateral. As a result of the challenges that can come with securing financing for a web-based business, online [...]

6 Things You Should Do after the Sale of Your Online Business

You've done what so many people aspire to do--managed to sell an online business and received a fair purchase price from the buyer. During the sale process, it's hard to focus on the future and think about what comes next with all of the attention and work required to see that the deal goes off without a hitch. Now that you've reached the final phases or completed the entire sale, it's important that you set up a strategy to ensure your financial success now and in the future. Based on the advice of some of the best online business brokers [...]

4 Behaviors to Stop So Your Internet Business Can Grow

You want your Internet business to succeed and grow so that one day you can sell the online business at the best valuation possible. The last thing you want is to be making mistakes that are undermining your vision and detracting from your business in subtle ways, but this is very common problem from which many online businesses suffer. Taking some time for careful introspection and knowing what mistakes to look out for can help you to maximize the potential your business has for success and make your company as attractive as possible in the future to those looking to [...]

5 Ways to Help Employees Drive Success for your Online Business

To help your online business succeed, you've hired talented people to assist you with achieving your goals. How you lead your team will ultimately determine whether or not each individual and the group as a whole reaches their true potential and helps to drive your business. Leading the right way now can help you grow a successful company, so that one day when it comes time to sell the online business you can get the best possible valuation. Here are five ways that you can motivate and lead your employees, so that everything that they do will help to drive [...]

Using Your 401k to Buy a Small Business

If you're interested in purchasing a small business, one of the first things you have to determine is how you'll pay for it. Most prospective business owners today do not have all of the capital saved for purchasing a business and must obtain funds from elsewhere to manage the purchase. So where will you get the money? There are many ways of funding the purchase of a small business, and one way that many buyers are managing to secure funds is through their 401(k) retirement plans. Opinions on how wise a decision this is vary widely, so here is a [...]

Start Now to Prepare to Sell Your Online Business in 2015

You can't underestimate the importance of acting quickly when you're ready to sell your business. To get the best possible valuation, you need to sell your business when it is performing well, preferably at a peak before it begins any type of decline. That said, it is also important not to rush into the sales process. The key to a successful sale is to seize opportunities but to first ensure that you're fully prepared when that optimal moment arrives. In other words, if you know you want to sell sooner rather than later, now is the best time to start [...]

Selling a Business in Just Nine Steps

Every Internet business is unique, but still, the sales process for any online company or e-commerce store is similar. No matter what type of business you're hoping to sell, a qualified Internet business broker should guide you through the following eight steps: 1. Valuation – Prior to the execution of a listing agreement the broker will require specific financial and operational information on your business. Upon receiving that information the broker will then develop a valuation which will indicate a suggested listing price for your business. That valuation will be driven by the historical financial performance of your business, its [...]

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