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What Are The Pros and Cons Of Buying an Established Business

November 14, 2017 11:45 am by: Category: Business Comments Off on What Are The Pros and Cons Of Buying an Established Business A+ / A-

Purchasing a company in Vancouver that is already up and running is a good business decision for several reasons.  However there are not only good things that can come from buying an existing company. Doing so can also have its shortcomings. Before you decide to settle on buying a business here are some advantages and disadvantages that you can consider:


  • The business will already be operational and so you won’t need to do all the startup work.
  • Many issues that you might have had to go through in the starting phases of a business would have been identified and resolved.
  • If the business has already built a good reputation then all you have to do is continue offering good service to be successful.
  • When the business already has a good reputation and is running effectively then you will find it easier to get financing when you need it.
  • The operation of the business will show you that whatever product or service the business offers has a market in Vancouver.
  • The business has likely garnered its own customers who will continue to support the business when you take over making for guaranteed income.
  • The business should already have all the relevant promotional and marketing plans in place.
  • Existing businesses usually have established employees and they should be able to help guide you in understanding the operations of the business.
  • The business might already have its suppliers and vendors so that you can just simply fall into the routine instead of having to find them yourself, the vendor relations might also be favorable which will lead you to getting good deals.
  • The present owner should be able to give you a run down as to what to expect so that you are prepared to deal with most of what comes your way.


  • You might have to put a lot of money into buying a Vancouver business that is already established. You might need to hire professionals involved in the process to close the deal successfully and this might be a bit expensive.
  • If the business has drawbacks then you will have to be the one putting effort and money into trying to recover the business
  • You will need to go through any agreements that the previous owner signed and continue with them or try to have them redone to suit your desires and needs.
  • Sometimes the owner is selling because of underlying issues that the business is facing and you might find yourself having to overcome this, such as major competition for the business.
  • In some cases, you may have a hard time getting the current employees to get on board with you. Sometimes the existing employees are not pleased with the idea of being under new leadership.
  • Customers may also be apprehensive about the new leadership because they have grown to become comfortable with the owner before you. You might find yourself working hard to try proving yourself to others because they might start placing you to the standards of the owner that they are used to.
  • If the business is established enough you might have difficulties incorporating new ideas into the system. The customers and staff members might not be too receptive to the changes and the facilities may not allow for this to be done with ease.

In order to prevent you from having to deal with some of these disadvantages proper research into the business has to be done. If after thorough research you know what to expect and you are willing to deal with it then you will be well prepared for the challenges, which is a great thing.

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