Dream Team

Join the VR team as a franchisee and serve the lower mid-market
as an M&A specialist

VR Business Broker Teamknowledgeable and experienced M&A deal team can help facilitate and streamline the business sale process-from due diligence to negotiations to the execution of agreements and other post deal transactions. Becoming a VR Franchisee affords you the opportunity to assist sellers of privately held lower mid-market companies to successfully navigate the selling process and put together a winning dream team that can produce a win-win outcome for all parties.


Choose members wisely

Some of the most important decisions you’ll make in the process concern selecting professionals to help with your M&A deal.  A deal team may consist of financial and
legal experts or you may need to expand the team to include – depending on the
size and scope of the deal and your industry-specialists from fields such as
government and environmental regulation, human resources, risk management,
information technology, and operations. As a VR Intermediary, you will lead the
team, helping to organize and package information from all certifiable sources and
further negotiate the deal.

Your seller’s current legal and accounting advisors may be able to serve on
your deal team and recommend M&A experts to work with you. When evaluating
potential advisors, you will want to consider such factors as their:

  • Experience with transactions similar to yours in terms of size and industry,
  • Success rate with previous clients,
  • Number of engagements handled per year, and
  • Professional affiliations.

Guide your team

Because of increased concerns about fraud, financial misrepresentations
and the profitability of consolidation, many buyers have intensified their due
diligence and are demanding a more qualitative analysis of an acquisition
target. They will be ready to devote time to the information-gathering and
negotiation process.

As your seller comes under intense scrutiny, your team needs to be in place as
early in the process as possible to enhance the value of your seller’s assets
and prepare to support the company’s credibility. Any significant surprises
uncovered by a buyer during the due diligence phase will almost certainly lead
to a reduced offer.

Ensuring that team members understand the goals of a deal is critical. Buyers
need to articulate their consolidation objectives-for example, whether theirs
is a financial or strategic acquisition-and which of the target’s assets are of
greatest interest. Sellers need to communicate their selling price goals and
unique value drivers and outline other issues, such as the protection of
intellectual property and financial information.

Without clear guidance, conflicting views and opinions from the buyer and
seller will affect the outcome of the deal. You, as a trained VR professional
can avoid this by assigning tasks to specific individuals, based on their areas
of expertise. You may end of leading both sellers and buyers into forming
separate  due diligence committees. Comprising company executives and select deal team advisors, you will lead the committee to meet regularly to review the status and progress of the due diligence process.

Know your purchase agreement

Buyer and seller deal teams also will be instrumental during the negotiation process. The teams can help outline the structure of the deal, purchase price, financial terms, integration and any potential “deal killers.”

Once the parties have come to an agreement, your VR deal team will review the
purchase agreement’s terms and conditions along with the seller’s professional
advisors. For example, the team may work through actual conditions that may
arise and run model purchase price adjustments using anticipated inputs, such
as how current assets and current liabilities are defined.

As the team anchor, you  must be prepared to suggest additional stipulations into the purchase agreement to solve issues that will affect the final purchase price, such as a valuation of a piece of intellectual property. Once the purchase agreement is signed, your job as a professional VR Intermediary will continue to work together through any regulatory consent processes and assist, as necessary, with the process of merging finances, operations and other systems. Your VR team will also be
instrumental in ensuring that the terms of the transaction are carried out and
a “time is of the essence” closing event occurs.

Start building yours

The process of buying or selling can create tremendous pressure on buyers and sellers of privately held businesses. As a VR Franchisee, your job is to help ease and manage those pressures to a successful closing event.  Helping buyers and sellers achieve their goal and transition to the next phase of their life is a high calling.  Becoming a VR Franchise is not for everyone.  But for the few who select to go down that road, there are few professions that are as rewarding as assisting buyers and sellers in fulfilling their dreams and ambitions.

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What Buyers Look For In A Business Opportunity

You have built a great business with love and care. It has grown larger than you’d
ever imagined, and generates a nice profit that has allowed you and your family to live
comfortably. Now you’re ready to sell. You assume there’s a buyer out there who will
pay you a fair price and then nurture the company with the same attention you have. What’s more, selling the business is a major part of your retirement plan.

Needless to say, buyers look at businesses differently than sellers. So to achieve the
outcome you want, it’s important to think like buyers and understand how they evaluate a business.

What buyers look for

There are many types of buyers: strategic and financial, individuals, companies, and
private equity funds. Despite differences, all buyers consider how much they’ll invest
to acquire a business, the amount of risk they’ll bear and the potential return on their
investment. To evaluate an opportunity, buyers focus on three major areas:

1. Cost and terms.

What will it take to acquire the business? How much cash and how much debt?
What are the deal’s terms and conditions?

2. Continuity

Will the business continue to operate similarly after the sale? Much of the risk of
buying a company relates to continuity. For example:

_ The current owner has personal relationships with customers, distributors or vendors that the new owners may have to struggle to maintain,

_ The owner has special expertise that is undocumented and difficult to learn,

_ Key personnel aren’t committed to staying, or

_ Offshore competition looms.

Sellers armed with solid responses to these types of continuity concerns are more likely to get their desired price. Even if you don’t want to sell your business for a few years, take steps now to ensure it can run smoothly without your personal involvement.

That independence could be worth millions when you sell.

3. Growth

Are there unexploited opportunities? You may have focused your sales efforts in
one geographic region, but there may be many opportunities to take the
product national or international. A buyer that believes it can increase revenues
substantially will pay more for the business than one that believes the current
owners have already maximized opportunities.

What sellers should do?

It may seem counterintuitive, but the things you may be most proud of can work against getting the best price for your company. Not many entrepreneurs like to boast that their company could run just fine without them or that there are plenty of opportunities they’ve failed to exploit. Yet these may be the very factors buyers seek, along with lower cash requirements. Please call us for help in understanding how to best present your company for sale.

Indicators Point to Economic Recovery to Continue Through 2012

Rise in Profits Leading to Increased Small Business Growth

The economy continues to improve according to new data that indicates higher than projected expectations. In a recent Business Week article, many analysts believe that that the second half of 2012 will bring continued growth, which includes areas in consumer and business spending, home building and manufacturing.

Due to many businesses keeping a tight overhead, profits have risen steadily. In the second quarter of 2011, profit rose at a 19.3% annual rate from the previous quarter. Profit margins continued to grow in the last quarter at much higher gains than at the end of the last economic downtown. With revenues projected to continue to increase, many businesses will take the incoming profits and start building their inventories, purchasing new equipment and hiring new employees.

With the latest economic projections, now is the time to look into buying a business. At VR Business Sales, we offer thousands of businesses for sale in all industries. We stand alone in our industry with our decades of experience and innovative tools that have facilitated 100s of thousands of successful business transactions since our inception in 1979.


Contact a VR office in your area today to find out how you can take advantage of the market trends as a business owner.

With increased business activity you can also benefit greatly by having your VR Business Brokerage office.
Watch the VR Franchise Presentation Videos for more information.
Then contact VR for more details Toll-Free: 800-377-8722


VR Business Brokers Tips – How To Prospect for Businesses For Sale

Knowing How to Prospect Effectively for Businesses For Sale

A successful business intermediary will always meet business sellers and build a strong listing portfolio through using six essential methods of prospecting:

  • Personal call;
  • Telephone call;
  • Direct mail;
  • For sale by owner (FSBO);
  • Referral;
  • Centers of influence (attorneys, accoutants, etc.).

It has been proven that the most effective approach to prospecting is by utilizing a combination of personal and telephone calls with direct mail. The important point to remember when performing this process is the timing and follow-up elements. This is how you will be able to produce results. Selling businesses is not a one-call profession. To be successful, you must do so through multiple conversations with an owner. This is based on the steps of a business owner’s “Ownership Cycle.”

Understanding the “Ownership Cycle”

To correctly prospect, you have to understand that every business owner moves through an “Ownership Cycle.” There are three main phases: Building – focusing on growing the business; Plateau – the business has its momentum; and Selling – deciding to do something different with career.

In each area of the “Ownership Cycle,” you need to determine which phase the business owner is currently in, and when to follow up next. As a business intermediary, you should be introducing each owner to VR as early as possible. This will work beneficially towards both the seller’s and your common goal: a successful transaction.

Every VR office should be fully utilizing their tools available on the VR WebManager (only available to VR Business Brokers).

You can find the professional resources you need to prospect in the following categories when you login:

  • Build your customer base;
  • Build your listing inventory; and
  • Build public awareness.

VR offers extensive training to all of the VR Business Franchise owners. Through the VR training specific methods and techniques on every aspect of being a successful business broker are covered in full detail.

For information on how to open a VR Business Brokers Franchise office, please call (800) 377-8722 or visit Owning your own VR Business Franchise, also visit VR on Facebook  at VR Business Franchise Facebook Welcome page and VR Franchise Facebook Updates.

How To Be A Successful Business Broker

Hundreds of articles, primers, books and opinions have been written on “HOW TO BE A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS BROKER”.

The basic answer is very simple, it requires working hard and working smart!

Yes, we know everyone considers themselves a “hard worker” as it may very well be, but it really takes hard work and plenty of wisdom and street smarts to be on top of the heap in this business.

Success begins with a plan. It’s important to develop a keen business plan from the start to make sure to stay on the right track to success. After all, you are in your own business as an independent contractor, and how many businesses are you aware of that do not have a definitive business plan. Formulate your plan and diligently work your plan by tunneling your efforts with the right tools and resources made available.

Surround yourself in a work atmosphere that provides a good quality work environment like that found in a VR Business Sales office (see link at end of article). All the resources are readily at your fingertips. Each VR office owner has proven career successes combined with a deep rooted entrepreneurial spirit that create an aura of excitement to be around. If you maintain the same deep rooted enthusiasm and creative deal making skills as the owner with whom you affiliate, your own successes will prevail.

Continually develop strong business relationships and prospect every day. Every person you meet will eventually consider selling or buying a business, when they do, it will be you they think about first. Develop centers of influence and referral networks. Focus on your needs and work your plan to accomplish on what you expect to get out of the business. You will only get back what you put in to the business; work a true forty hours per week and make every minute productive in obtaining listings. Good saleable listings must be kept foremost in your mind by establishing solid criteria of what you and your office are willing to work on. Only work on Sole and Exclusive Listings that are priced right.

Know your success ratios and work your ratios every day. These are good management skills that will pay off in the long run. You should know how many prospecting calls you need to make to attain your listing goals as well as how many buyers you need to speak with to get an offer. If fifty per cent of the offers you write do not go into a contract you are doing something wrong and need to start from the beginning analyzing your practices, work-habits, taking responsibility for your practices. Every two contracts should have a conversion ratio of one closing…Pay Day!

All aspects of the industry must be taken seriously and constant education in your field of endeavor by taking courses and attending seminars. Read anything related to the industry and regularly take motivational and self-help courses. Master negotiation skills and fine tune your skillset. Always do the right thing. Don’t procrastinate, there is no perfect situation.

By preparing for every situation prior to the engagement appointment to first time buyer meetings, you will demonstrate a command of presence for which you will always be recognized. Be a peer to your client and customer contacts, explain in one statement why you are the one to work with and what you bring to the table. Thinking outside the “box” will make you a deal maker standing ahead of the pack as you mature in the business.

Continually pay attention to the basics, be responsive and stick to your objective:

Make money

Meet People

Join Organizations

Ask for Referrals

Contact Sellers Regularly

Delegate as Much Computer Work as Possible

Practice Healthy Living by taking time for yourself and family.

Always think positive, think big and think Valued Representation.

VR Business Sales and Mergers & Acquisitions provides the best opportunity for having a successful business brokerage office of your own.

For more details please contact our Director of Franchise Development at 800-377-8722

or visit  http://www.vrbusinessbrokers.com/franchise/VR-Franchise-Opportunity/VR-Business-Franchise.html
or http://vrbusinessfranchise.com/360/vr-business-franchise-opportunity-details/

Understanding How To Find and Buy The Right Business

Understanding Your Strengths and Weaknesses before Buying a Business

by Peter King, CEO of VR Business Sales

When you’re coming close to buying a business, you will want to investigate and research every objective you have. You will want to see what the alternatives to achieve these goals are……Click here to read full article

Finding the Right Business for You

by JoAnn Lombardi, Pres. of VR Business Sales

Before delving too deeply into the technicalities of due diligence when buying a business, remember the following point: Always focus on finding the right business before concerning yourself with the right price. Don’t base your search solely on finding a good deal or a steal….. Click here to read full article

About VR Business Sales

VR Business Sales is the world’s premier business intermediary firm. With a combination of global strength and local experience, VR’s 30 years of successful business sales through Valued Representation, is the reason more and more business buyers and sellers demand our proven skills and resources to help them succeed in an increasingly complex market.

VR offers the best opportunity for owning a successful Business Sales Brokerage.

Contact our Director of Franchise Development at 800-377-8722 for more details about owning your own VR Business Sales Franchise Office.

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Franchise opportunities allow for new investors to buy a franchise of a tried and tested business model, which reduces the risk of failure. Franchisees are typically trained, so they aren’t alone in the process.
Franchise businesses are usually the result of a mature business model that has been successful requiring it to grow to meet the needs of their customers. The franchise business model is duplicated to cover a larger area so it can provide services to customers in the new areas.

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