Buying a Business in the U.S. – Why 2017 Was a Record Year

BizBuySell’s 2017 year-end Insight Report, shows a record number of businesses changing hands last year, up 27% from 2016. This recent surge is just the latest in what has been a significant rebound since the last recession. This also marks a great opportunity for both buyers and sellers to take advantage of the market.

In order to take advantage however, it’s important to understand what has fueled the rising transaction activity as well as the makeup of the market. To help, we condensed the entire 2017 Insight Report into a hand-crafted, visual representation of the data.

Want to learn more? Read our full 2017 year-end Insight Report for complete details including transactions broken down by sector and metro area. If you like the data or have any questions, please feel free to leave comments below.

2 Comments on Buying a Business in the U.S. – Why 2017 Was a Record Year

  1. Jed A. Peeler // March 1, 2018 at 1:06 am // Reply

    Restaurants, bars, hair salons, and gas stations are also the first to close. I see that around Ely, Nevada, where I live and work. Also, it does not matter if you cannot get a line of credit from bankers who want all the cards stacked in their favor. I would advise most people to NOT start a business in the U.S.. It makes you a target of every governmental agency, local, state and federal. These regulators would never be able to do anything but leach off the government and taxpayers.

    • The BizBuySell Team // March 2, 2018 at 10:17 am // Reply

      Our article is referring to established businesses that were bought and sold in 2017, not starting a new one. There is always some risk in owning a business, yet buying an established business has many advantages – it’s established years of operation, customer base, profitability, trained workforce, etc. And then there’s what you do with the business after you purchase it – grow, expand or diversify. Plus, many small businesses are sold with owner financing, so you don’t necessarily need a large cash down payment.

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