Do you dream of becoming your own boss and owning a business? The path to business ownership can be both exhilarating and complex. From finding the right business opportunity to navigating the intricate details of ownership transfer, there’s much to consider.

While there’s no such thing as the “perfect” business, a business broker understands the importance of finding one that aligns with your needs, skills, and lifestyle.

At Great Lakes Business Advisors, we offer a diverse range of business opportunities and possess the knowledge and experience to guide you through every step of the business buying process.

For Prospective Business Buyers

Taking the leap into business ownership is a significant step, often filled with excitement and perhaps some trepidation. Many who embark on this journey have never owned a business before—almost 90 percent, in fact. Often, they end up purchasing a business different from their initial search, exploring the marketplace’s opportunities. In most cases, the seller assists with financing the sale.

As you begin your quest, it’s essential to understand that running your own business is more than just a job; it’s a lifestyle change. You’ll likely find yourself working longer hours, making crucial decisions, and wearing many hats, from managing the business to handling day-to-day tasks.

Most buyers seek the following when considering a business purchase:

  • Pride in the service or product

  • Flexibility

  • Income potential

  • Control over their destiny

  • Recognition

  • Security

  • Privacy

  • Status

  • Opportunities for customer and employee engagement

What to Look For

Established Business Track Record: The longevity of a business in operation is a strong indicator of its viability. Long-standing businesses are often well-known and trusted within their communities.

Owner’s Tenure: The longer the current owner has run the business, the more likely they have achieved success. Successful businesses tend to retain owners.

Reason for Sale: The motivation behind the sale is crucial. Valid reasons, such as retirement or seeking new challenges, generally result in more reasonable negotiations.

Financial Records: Financial records provide insight into the business’s performance. While tax records can be conservative, they offer a starting point for financial analysis.

Income Verification: Ensure the seller can substantiate the income figures presented to you. Be cautious when considering unreported income, as verifying it is challenging.

The Bottom Line:

Venturing into business ownership is a significant undertaking. It requires hard work, dedication, and sometimes financial sacrifices. However, the rewards, including autonomy, decision-making power, and independence, can be immeasurable. Many business owners will attest that they wouldn’t trade it for anything else.

Are you ready to explore the world of business ownership? Your journey begins with the right information and the right mindset. Before diving into the specifics, take a moment to consider your motivations, expectations, and financial capabilities. Owning a business can be a remarkable adventure, but it’s essential to approach it with realistic goals and an open mind.

Discover Your Business Ownership Potential:

At Great Lakes Business Advisors, we’re here to support your aspirations of business ownership. Contact us today to start your journey, gain valuable insights, and explore available opportunities. Your dream of owning a business is within reach—let’s make it a reality.


I tried two other brokers to sell my restaurant, and neither were successful. I decided to give Brad a chance, but I wasn’t optimistic. Not only did he sell my restaurant, he did it during a pandemic! He answered questions morning or night, 7 days a week. He was there every step of the way, instilling a sense of professionalism and sometimes humor to make the process less stressful. Definitely recommended.

Greg Zagar
Painesville, OH

We had a great experience working with Brad, very professional and always put our best interests first. Extremely knowledgeable and always made himself available for any questions or concerns that we had.Not only do I recommend them but we would certainly use them again in the future.

Eric Green

I had the pleasure working with Brad selling my 60 year old family restaurant this year. Kind of a big step for me, but Brad was there walking me the many phases of the sale and still keeps in touch thru out the transition. Very helpful, professional and I would recommend him and use him again in a minute!

Carlo Martello