If you're thinking about buying or selling a business, this is a good place to find out what you need to know. Get information on doing due diligence before buying a business, valuing a business you intend to buy or sell, and using an acquisition agreement to memorialize the terms of a business sale. There's also information on closing your business safely and legally. If you're thinking about buying or selling a business and want to get the best deal possible, you'll need to do a lot of planning and preparation.
Nolo has books, forms, and online applications that can help you buy or sell a business. For a complete list of Nolo's small business products, see the business section of our store.
Thinking about buying an existing business? Here are some things you should know before you take the plunge.
Structuring Payments in a Business Purchase
Learn about the business buyer's payment options, such as installment or lump-sum payments.
Due Diligence: What to Investigate Before You Buy a Business
Before you buy a business, do some due diligence.
Want to Buy a Franchise? Ten Reasons Not to Do It
Here are ten reasons why you should consider investing your time and money elsewhere.
Selling Your Business: Eight Steps
Here's what to do in order to sell your business.
Business Acquisitions: Asset or Stock Sale
Tips on using an acquisition agreement when one business buys another.
How to Determine the Value of Your Business
Figure out how much your business is worth before you set the sale's price. Here's how.
Making a will is especially important if you own your own business.