Great news — there are plenty of e-commerce sites for sale out there. And there are plenty of places to buy them too. Here are four great options. Something to always have top of mind no matter where you buy the business is to do your due diligence. Just because a site is listed for sale on a reputable platform doesn’t mean it’s completely legit. The seller may have inflated his numbers as far as traffic or sales. Just because something is on the listing doesn’t mean it’s true. Do your research.
Business loan: Alternatively, you could take out a term loan to purchase the business through a traditional bank or an online alternative lender. The good news here is that lenders are often more open to loans for purchasing existing businesses with a known revenue history. Even so, your personal financials will play a big role in your ability to qualify.
Website brokers (such as my company) are experienced in the sale of online businesses, have knowledge and expertise, tools and a broad network to draw from. Broker listings are usually pre-vetted using their due-diligence process, and they specifically look for legitimate, established sites with a stable income -- everything you should be looking for as a buyer.
Why is the Buyer Selling The first thing you should find out is why the current owner wants to give up the business. It could be for retirement, relocation, or to pursue other interests. However, it could also be a decline in demand, an increase in competition, or the fact that most of the business’ equipment will need replaced in the next year. Make sure you know the full details before move forward.
If you're at all scarcity-minded, it's important to understand how much abundance exists today. Considering that virtually every brick-and-mortar store has made the transition to an online business, there's certainly no shortage of competition. But there's also plenty of so-called blue ocean. While most might make it out to seem like Amazon is the only company reaping the benefits of the ecommerce boom here, the growth is widespread and across every single sector in business.
The rise of the chatbot has been extraordinary to witness. Thanks to the ubiquity afforded to us by chat on platforms like Facebook, we've grown quite used to chatting with friends and family across all our social media networks. That's why AI-powered chatbots present a new digital frontier for businesses looking to automate and relinquish much of the man-power it takes to have a chat with its customers.