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Do your work before you buy more of it

You probably weigh your options before determining what to purchase and when, especially if a large amount of money is involved. And if you consider buying a business, it is especially important to do your due diligence. Most entrepreneurs are familiar with the phrase, if not the concept. However, do you know what "due diligence" entails?

You can think of due diligence like homework - the effort you must dedicate to investigating anything that could harm you or your checkbook, as well as those of the people with whom you do business. This process can take months to complete, but often reveals information necessary for making a sound decision. Before you commit your funds to another company, there are some things you should consider.

Three ways due diligence can help you make wise business decisions

When you think of mergers and acquisitions (M&A), you might believe the lowest price point is of the utmost concern. And while the amount of money involved is important, there are other reasons why you should do your due diligence before completing a deal.

Researching another business can help you understand:

  • Its potential scalability, including the potential to expand their current customer reach
  • The way those currently involved in running the business operate
  • How you could increase profit margins

It is probably fair to say you cannot know the certainty of a prospective business’s future.

However, examining a company’s financial statements, forecast and current commitments to capital projects can help you determine whether the business you consider purchasing would be a wise investment. And gaining insight into the company can also help set the stage for negotiation as you make your way to the bargaining table.

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