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WHEN IT'S TIME FOR A NEW BEGINNING, TAKE  CHARGE OF YOUR LIFE -- INVEST IN YOUR OWN BUSINESS &  YOURSELF.

When entrepreneurs buy their business, they buy much more than inventory, equipment and fixtures. They buy a lifestyle, a livelihood, an opportunity to unleash their energy, drive and ambition.  Thousands of people do it every year, and the out-of-pocket cost of taking over a going concern may be far less than you imagine.

Ronald Lawrence helps buyers realize their potential by providing all of the resources they need to locate, select and purchase the most appropriate business.  We advise potential buyers on every aspect of the buying process and continue to remain a resource to a new owner.

Buying a business through Ronald Lawrence means minimizing the time, trouble, and expense associated with this venture -- while maximizing the potential for success.

BUYING VS. START-UP

 Although some would be business owners thrive on the thrills and agonies of creating a business, there's plenty to recommend moving into a business with a track record and, ideally, a long history of profits.  Most of what you need will already be in place:   customers, supplies, employees, even a name and reputation.  It's  normally cheaper than starting a similar venture from scratch, and financing often comes easier because the seller must help and other lenders can inspect a history as well as proposals and projections. 

PRICING

Although it's common to base the business price on the value of the assets being purchased minus any liabilities that the buyer specifically agrees to assume, a far superior way is to base the price on the earnings the business produces.  Under commonly used pricing methods, the price should not  exceed three to four times annual earnings.  Negotiations can get sticky, but if you want for seller financing as part of the deal, it is especially important to stay on good terms with the seller.  At the LAWRENCE GROUP we will handle the "sticky" details and   bridge the gap between buyer and seller assuring everyone stays on good terms.

FINANCING

Financing is key to purchasing a business.  To that end there are two possibilities:

Seller Financing - Is usually cheaper than any other source.  We price the business so there is a reasonable down payment and the monthly payments are structured to allow the buyer to have a fair income after he pays his debt service.   With seller financed businesses it is not necessary to put up personal collateral.

SBA Financing - SBA financing is more costly than owner financing.  However, it usually means that the buyer can purchase a business with a smaller down payment.  This can enable a buyer to purchase a larger business if  he wishes.  The SBA will generally require collateral on the loan.

SERVICES TO THE BUYER

Buyers expectations are clear.  They want to deal with business brokers who have a good relationship with the seller because they feel this will allow the Broker to resolve issues and misunderstandings easily and quickly.  Buyers expect candor in the presentation of a business, and want to consider only those businesses in which the Seller was really committed to selling.  Buyers want to see businesses that have not been "shopped" and those that have been realistically priced.  They expect the business broker to ferret out any potential surprises; they don't want any "skeletons in the closet."

To realize these expectations, a buyer must deal with a SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE AGENCY BROKERAGE. We can present many interesting opportunities to a buyer, businesses that you would not find available anywhere else.  No buyer likes to waste time and we can offer an efficient means of getting right to those business that fit your needs and requirements.

We are very selective about the listings we handle.  A business must have a successful track record and be on the upswing.  To give the buyer leverage and protection, we take no listing if a seller wants all cash up front.  We structure the sale of our exclusive listings with an initial down payment and affordable monthly installments AND in some cases have pre-qualified the business for SBA financing.


THE RONALD LAWRENCE GROUP
MATCH BUYERS INTERESTS AND GOALS WITH THE RIGHT BUSINESS
GUIDES YOU THROUGH THE PROCESS OF PURCHASE
IDENTIFIES FINANCING OPTIONS
NEGOTIATES
BRIDGES GAP BETWEEN BUYER AND SELLER

THE
RONALD
LAWRENCE GROUP

309 NE First Street
Gainesville, FL 32601
Phone (352) 374-4744
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