For many, the dream of owning their own business remains just that - even if you have a great idea, the work and money involved in building a business from the ground up can prove too daunting. What few aspiring entrepreneurs realise is that buying an already existing business can be far easier to accomplish, sometimes with little or no money at all, and can be just as satisfying a route to self-sufficiency. Corporate financier Jo Haigh helps people buy and sell businesses every day, and in her new book, she shows readers how achievable - and rewarding - the experience can be. In easy-to-follow language, "The Insider's Guide to Buying and Selling a Business" takes you through the entire process, from identifying your target business and assembling the right team to help you, to valuation, agreeing terms and finding the necessary finance. Just as important, Haigh helps you ensure your deal is the right deal for you, offering advice on running the business you buy and implementing proper exit strategies from the start.
With valuable appendices containing typical documentation (letters of intent, confidentiality agreements, etc) and how to read them, Jo Haigh's book is a one-stop resource to closing the deal - and transforming your life.
Jo Haigh is a corporate financier who has owned her own company for nearly ten years, helping people buy and sell businesses. She was named South Yorkshire Business Woman of the Year in 2005 and is the author of The Business Rules: Protect Yourself and Your Company from over 100 Hidden Pitfalls, also published by Piatkus. She lives in Sheffield.