How do I purchase a business with my for my E2 visa?
How do I know the business is making the money the owner says?
What is the process of buying a business for an E2 visa?
How much of a deposit am I required to pur down to purchas the business?
How do i prevent myself from being robbed, scammed, taken advantage of when buying a business for an E2 visa
What is Due Diligence when buying a business for an E2 Visa?
Due Diligence is the process of investigating the business you are interested in purchasing.
When conducting your business search I recommend using different levels of due diligence as you are narrowing your search. Use progressively deeper levels of due diligence as you find yourself getting closer to a finding the business that you are interested in buying.
For example you start looking at the advertisements of the businesses for sale. You make a list of the type of business that matches your interests, your lifestyle, your financial needs, the area you want to live in and the number of the owners work hours per week and also is E2 compliant.
The process of investigating a business is expensive and time consuming so you don’t want to waste time on businesses that don’t meet your criteria. Create a separate questionnaire sheet for each seller see example bellow:
Telephone number ____________________
Type of business ________________________________
Location of business _______________________________
Price of Business __________________________________
Annual Sales ______________________________________
Annual Business Income ___________________________________
Owners W-2 Salary income _________________________________
Number of W-2 Employees _________________________________
Amount Each Employee gets paid?
What are the roles of each employee?
How many hours does each employee work?
Are any of the employees relatives?
Are any employees owners?
How many hours per week does the owner work? _____________
Does the owner have another job outside of the business?__________
Do a google search on the owner
Employee 1 ____________________________
Employee 2 ____________________________
Employee 3 _____________________________
Employee 4 _______________________________
Assets included in the Sale ___________________________
If the business is renting a storefront, office, warehouse or other assets
Do you have a lease? ____________________
What is the rent stated in the lease? ________________ What are the annual increases?
How many years are remaining on the lease? _____________
Is there a renewal clause? ________________ If so for how many years are on the lease renewal? _____________
Does the renewal clause state the monthly rent and the annual increases? __________
If yes what I the new rent and annual increase? ________________________________
Are you paying the full amount in the lease or has the landlord agreed to accept a different amount? _____________________________
Do a google search on the owner: verify employment, home address, observations ________________________________
Google Search on business (Print out customer reviews and make a file) type the business name and type the word scam net to it):
Run a dun and Bradstreet Report on the Business
If possible and you have the sellers permission ask if you can run a credit report on the owner.
(Even if the owner refuses to allow you too run his credit report it tells gives you information about his situation which can be used to see if he is telling the truth about his income. Also you ability to guess the owners financial situation will might give you negotiating power later in the purchase negotiations.
Do you have tax returns that are going to match the sales, income and payroll that you stated in your sales ad? __________________________
If the business is open to the public such as a restaurant, gasoline station or car wash and the owner gave you acceptable answers to the above questions I would go and spend time sitting in the establishment or outside if the owners does not permit you to sit inside. I would use the following type of questionnaire:
Telephone number ____________________
Type of business ________________________________
Date of observation _____________________________
Opening time ______________ Actual time employees opened business _______
Hour 1 Clients ______________________________________
Put a mark on the sheet or give each customer a number and mark the amount they spent and the products they purchased.
Hour 2 Clients ______________________________________
Hour 3 Clients _______________________________________
This information can be used to cross check claims the owner makes and to verify the reasonableness of the sales claims reasonableness. Also the observer may notice problems in the business that can be corrected with new management such as over or understaffing.
The customary practice in business that have a sales price for less than 1 million is that the owner or broker gives the client verbal or written representations of the business sales and expenses but does not allow any type of invasive investigation until the buyer puts an amount in escrow account and signs a purchase agreement. The deposit amount is negotiable, but the usual for smaller businesses is 10% of sales price deposited into an escrow account.
A purchase agreement, also called a sales contract or a purchase contract, states the terms of the transaction for purchasing specific business. It lists the deposit, purchase price and the date the buyer must purchase the business. Also it lists due diligence items that must be met, and the conditions under which the buyer may break the contract and have his deposit returned.
Most contracts in the small business market make it relatively easy for the buyer to receive his deposit, however the terms of the contract state specifically the terms so a seller can require that the buyer forfeit his deposit if he does not purchase the business, if it passes the due diligence procedures specified in the purchase agreement.
Thomas McGovern, MBA, CVA
Qualifications of the Author
Certified Business Analyst, Business Appraiser, Business Valuator certified by the NACVA, National Assoiation of Certified Valuators and Analysts
President of Advantage Brokerage, Inc. for over 17 years
Business Broker as a Sellers Representative
Business Broker as a Buyers Representative
Representative for E2 Buyers
Due Diligence Evaluator for E2 Buyers
Thomas McGovern, MBA, CVA
Augustine Sampa, Director
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