Hottest Sites to Find Small Businesses for Sale

One of the trends that we noted over at our sister site, TrendTracker, is the trend of more small businesses changing hands. In other words, more small businesses are being bought and sold these days.

Indeed, Marketwatch just wrote an article to this effect, quoting us.

Since readers frequently email us with questions asking how to find businesses to buy, or sometimes how to go about selling a business, I thought I would outline some of the hottest places online to look for businesses for sale today.

But first, some background information.

Many small businesses today are sold through business brokers. A business broker is an intermediary who helps bring buyers and sellers of small businesses together. In some ways they are similar to realtors, except that they sell businesses instead of real estate.

At the Corporate level, such professionals might be called investment bankers, M&A professionals, or similar exalted titles to match their huge fees.

But in the small business market their title of “business broker” simply matches what they do, broker businesses for sale. And their fees are not the multi-million dollar fees of the big boys, but more realistic for the market.

A former colleague and friend went from being an executive in a NYSE-traded company, to opening his own business as a business broker.

He and his partner started out as the only business brokers in a small town in Ohio. Things are booming, and it is becoming much more common nowadays to buy and sell small businesses. They have since merged with another firm and now cover a wider geographic area — three states.

Says my friend, L. Don Prince of Business Resource Group:

“We find there is more interest than ever in buying and selling businesses in the small-to-midsize-business market. From my perspective things are hot. According to a recent article in Fortune magazine 3.5 million people between the ages of 40-58 lost their jobs between 2001-2004. Ouch. Five percent of the baby boom population… a lot of them have money and can “buy their next job.” Additionally, baby boomers who own businesses are rapidly approaching retirement. I think these are two key drivers of ownership transfer activity.”

I asked Don for the best places to find small businesses for sale on the Web. I thought if anyone would know, he would. He actually took a few minutes to sit down and write out a list of sites with small businesses for sale.

Here is the list of sites he gave me:

  • Busimarket

You heard it from an expert.


Anita Campbell Anita Campbell is the Founder, CEO and Publisher of Small Business Trends and has been following trends in small businesses since 2003. She is the owner of BizSugar, a social media site for small businesses.

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  1. Hi. There is also another website that you can add to the list. Every day, more business buyers, business sellers, and business brokers nationwide are enjoying the tremendous convenience of in buying and selling established businesses!

  2. I agree with Tim, I was searching for limo businesses throughout the web until i found
    It’s a very convenient,informative site and i was able to find the exact business i was in the look out for.
    Today I am the proud owner of a limo business for sale.

    Thanks to

  3. While its not a new site (2001), I would recommend taking a look at

    as it has a lot of business for sale listings and seems to do good job of marketing the small businesses it has without charging any money, which is rare

  4. Those six sites for buying and selling a business seem really helpful. However, it might also be good to do your own research along with looking at these sites. I believe that you can never do too much research when it comes to making this type of investment. Chances would more likely lead you to better quality and a better deal.

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