Undoubtedly, opening a new business is much harder than purchasing an existing company. If you are considering purchasing a business in Florida, there are several aspects you must pay attention to before signing the closing documents. 

In this article, you will discover the most common mistakes involved in Florida business purchases.  

Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Business in Florida – In Detail  

Not Choosing the Right Business  

The first step to ensure a successful business purchase is to identify a proper business offer. Please note that it does not necessarily mean buying the largest or most profitable company for sale, as this company might not suit the investor’s skills and interests.  

It is not possible to run a business successfully without the right combination of skill and passion. Accordingly, not choosing a company from the right segment with an adequate size tailored to your business project will likely end up in failure. 

Not Checking the Seller’s Reasons  

A business owner must have a reason not to continue with a company and end up putting it on sale. Prospective business buyers must identify which reason led to the owner’s decision to sell the company.  

Is it due to retirement, divorce, or other personal reasons? Or is the decision to sell associated with problems such as unsuccessful operations, lack of profitability, etc? Make sure to double-check this information before taking any action.  

Failing to Complete Proper Due Diligence  

No matter how promising a certain business offer might appear to be, a prospective buyer cannot rely solely on the owner’s words. Due diligence is fundamental to check whether the company being sold meets certain parameters and offers as many advantages as promised. 

After completing the due diligence, you will have a report with the company’s strengths and weaknesses. With a detailed view of the business’s financial aspects, intellectual property, equipment/inventory, reputation, and all other relevant aspects, it is safer to take the next steps to close the deal. 

Failing to Anticipate the Existing Financial Risks  

Purchasing a company is a serious decision with a long list of financial risks involved in the process. While every business endeavor has its fair share of risk, you cannot simply assume control of a business that will leave you in a bad position. 

Several types of financial risks may affect prospective business owners in Florida.  

Depending on how the company has been performing in terms of income, the buyer will likely be exposed to the risk of financial loss or uncertainty. In some cases, the new owner might even have to deal with legal liabilities inherited from the prior administration.  

No Careful Approach to Changes and Adaptations 

After signing the paperwork and purchasing a company in Florida, the new owner will likely make changes to the business’s structure, operating procedures, and other aspects.  

While changes are positive and welcomed, a careless approach with too many changes at once can result in a negative outcome. The best approach is to introduce the necessary changes gradually and guarantee the required period for adaptation. 

Mistakes When Buying a Business in Florida – Work with a Well-Versed Business Attorney in Florida 

With years of experience helping clients to close successful business transactions, Attorney Romy B. Jurado is willing to help you succeed as well. Contact us today by calling (305) 921-0976 or emailing Romy@juradolawfirm.com to schedule a consultation.