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To start a business or to buy one? That is the question

For as long as you can remember, you have wanted to be a business owner. That’s been your goal. You don’t want to have a boss and you want to have control over your financial situation.

Now you’re in a position to do it, though, and you realize that you haven’t considered how you want to acquire that business. Should you buy one that exists? Should you start one from the ground up? You would consider either one to be a fulfillment of that dream, so what is the best option?

Reasons you may want to start a business

To begin with, let’s consider a few reasons to start your own company. Some of the advantages include:

  • You can often start your company without a large upfront investment. Some people are even able to start their businesses on the side for virtually nothing, and then they can scale it up when they begin making money.
  • Starting your company means you get to be true to your vision and make it exactly the way you want it. You don’t want to work around someone else’s vision.
  • You may also have a unique idea, which is why you think your company will succeed. You may find that the only way to capitalize on that is to do this entirely by yourself.

Plus, starting your own business gives you control over the location, branding and things of this nature. It’s really your own.

Reasons you may want to buy a business

That said, some people find buying a company to be advantageous. A few reasons why include:

  • You get everything you need in terms of space, buildings, assets, machines, etc.
  • You already have branding in place and people know where the business is and what it does.
  • You get a workforce that is already trained and on the job.

Best of all, though it costs more, you get to buy a business that is proven to make money. It’s less of an unknown.

What are you going to do?

No matter which option you settle on, be sure you know about all of the legal steps you’ll need to take to get things started.