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5 Things to Consider Before Taking Over a Pre-Established Small Business

As a female entrepreneur, you probably get a lot of conflicting information about how you “should” act. Is it OK to be assertive? Or will that make people not like you? Is it OK to be kind, or does that mean people will take advantage of you?

It’s a not-so-new idea that has recently moved more into the spotlight in the world of entrepreneurship — taking over a pre-established small business.

While the idea of stepping into a venture with a foundation already laid out may seem like a shortcut to success — there are factors that need to be carefully considered before making such a large move.

With the right planning (and a whole lot of gusto) you can be on your way to becoming the leader of the company you’ve been dreaming of!

Thorough Research 🔍

This one’s a no-brainer — you’ve to know what you’re getting into before deciding to commit to taking a business over.

  • Go over financial statements, cash flow, and profit margins to understand the company's financial standing.
  • Make sure that the business is in line with all laws and regulations to avoid potential legal issues down the road.
  • Take a look at the current customer base and market trends to determine the business's positioning and potential for growth.

Understanding the Landscape 🏙️

Next, you’re going to want to start thinking about the business landscape and what it’s going to be like when you step in.

  • Stay up-to-date on the current state and future projections of the industry that the business falls under.
  • Nail down who the competitors are, their strengths, and weaknesses to develop a plan for how you can be one step ahead of them.
  • Consider potential obstacles before taking over, like regulatory issues or startup costs.

A Look at Company Culture 🤝

You really don’t want to skip this part. Knowing more about your team, connecting with them, and coming up with a shared vision is going to define your future together.

  • Dig in to the team dynamics and assess how you can align them with your vision for the business.
  • Make sure that the company's values and mission resonate with your own entrepreneurial goals.
  • Do an overview on the satisfaction levels of current employees and turnover rates.

The Financial Part 💰

Finances — not the most fun part of the venture, but definitely a super important factor.

  • Narrow down a fair rate to validate the business and make sure to engage in some negotiation to lock down a good deal.
  • Explore different funding options, including loans, investors, or personal capital, to finance the deal.
  • Plan for unexpected costs that may come up during the take over process or the initial stages of ownership.

A Transition Plan ➡️

Your plans are in place. You’re ready. So what’s your transition going to look like?

  • Plan for a smooth transition by onboarding existing employees and addressing any concerns they may have.
  • Communicate the transition to customers, keeping them in the loop on what’s to expect and what’s to come.
  • Aim for a seamless transition by looking at existing technologies used by the business and think of ways to improve them.


Taking over a pre-established small business can be an exciting idea — it holds huge potential for success. But it also needs careful consideration and detailed planning to make sure it all goes smoothly.

It’s all about having a strong transition plan. You can navigate the path to success with confidence if you stay well-informed and have a solid strategic approach for what’s to come.

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