Mergers & Acquisitions Advisory

A Neumann & Associates, LLC

December 12, 2016

Too Old To Start A Business?

By Jeremy Albelda

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A recent article in the Wall Street Journal caught our eye, it read “Americans in their 50s and 60s make up a growing share of entrepreneurs”. According to one study mentioned in the article, 24% of new businesses started in 2015 were founded by professionals older than 55 years, whereas that percentage was only 15% ten years prior. In contrast, only 25% of the businesses started in 2015 were set up by entrepreneurs less than 34 years of age, compared to the last decade.

“These are indeed trends that are fully reflected in our M&A advisory activities,” says Achim Neumann, President, A Neumann & Associates, a New Jersey based M&A advisor and business brokerage firm. “We have increasingly seen ‘older’ professionals contact us about buying a business.” What drives this trend?

First and foremost, seasoned entrepreneurs have more experience – and patience – in starting a new business. This is an important quality in the start-up phase of a business, as this period confronts the new owner with new and unchartered territory. The demand to formulate new policies and to hire the right team for the business are things that, normally, someone with a few more years under their belt are more equipped to work through. Experience gained in previous business ventures goes a long way in resolving these challenges, whereas patience and realistic expectations only further contribute to success.

Secondly, even though such seasoned entrepreneurs often dip into their nest egg, they typically have more financial resources available than younger entrepreneurs – funds needed to weather the undeniable initial financial challenges a new business – or a newly acquired business – brings.

“Our firm often helps new entrepreneurs to access their 401k savings and also points them to the right lending sources,” says Neumann, “in order to ensure sufficient capital available to succeed in the new venture.”

Thirdly, the demographic trend towards an aging population – often confronted with the ‘empty nest’ syndrome at home – has produced many talented and experienced entrepreneurs.  The sheer number of individuals in this growing demographic will shift entrepreneurship to more seasoned individuals.

Interestingly, the aforementioned article makes a few references to the actual motivation of such experienced entrepreneurs to start a new business, and the consensus is that monetary rewards are not the primary driving factor.

Rather, it’s the drive for independence – the quintessential force driving most entrepreneurs – no matter the age.

About A Neumann & Associates, LLC

A Neumann & Associates, LLC is a professional mergers & acquisitions and business brokerage firm having assisted business owners and buyers in the business valuation and business transfer process through its affiliations for the past 30 years. With an A+ Better Business Bureau rating, the company has senior trusted professionals with a deep knowledge based in multiple field offices along the East Coast and has performed hundreds of business valuations in its history. The firm’s competitive transaction fees are based on successfully completing transactions. For more information, please contact A Neumann & Associates at 732-872-6777 or info@neumannassociates.com

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“I recently contacted A. Neumann and Associates about getting a valuation of my business done. I spoke with Marc, who explained the process in detail. After meeting with Marc in order to get a clear understanding of my business, and what I was hoping to accomplish. His patience in answering all my questions and his knowledge of the proper way to market my business gave me great confidence that this is the firm I will be using to sell my business for max value. Working with Marc at A Neumann & Associates was very easy and professional. I did not know all that was going to be involved in selling my business but they helped me through the process. What I thought was going to be a just another one of those pushy sales companies was just the opposite. Polite, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to talk to and deal with. I highly recommend this firm to anybody who wants to sell now or down the road. Marc not only knows his stuff, but actually is a real nice guy.”

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“Claus out of Florida helped us with the sale of our business. We had never done anything like this and him and his team walked us through the process from start to finish. We had some challenges through the process and Claus continued to show up even in the difficult conversations.”

Colby Harris, Co-Owner, Del Mar Designs

“Claus Madsen thoroughly helped us with selling our company. From the 1st introductory meeting explaining to us what was possible, to providing us with resources to assist with the sale. Claus was invaluable throughout the whole sales process. Claus was with us every step of the journey and always made himself available for any questions or issues that came up along the way. If you are interested in selling your business, I encourage you to reach out to Claus and the ANA team so that they can let you know what’s achievable. These guys will make it happen!”

Ron Harris, Co-Owner and Vice President, Del Mar Designs

“A Neumann & Associates is the only business broker I would use or consult with. They have assisted with 3 business sales over the past 15 years with me. They are honest and sincere and have always performed better than my expectations. They are the only one i would use for the sales of my businesses.”

James Belanger, Business Owner

“I wanted to take a second to commend the exemplary customer service from both you [Karin Neumann] and Mr. Valentino. It’s both a rarity in the industry, and very much appreciated.”

Andrew G., Investor

“We worked with Neumann & Associates to investigate the purchase of a research company in 2010 and found Achim to be capable, forthright and realistic. His depth of experience enabled us to fully understand our options, offering creative options that might enable the acquisition. While we didn’t acquire that particular company at that time, we know exactly who to call whenever we’re looking to buy or sell a business.”

Daniel Coates, Buyer

“Purchasing a business through this firm was a pleasure. Gary was very professional and transparent throughout the entire process. I look forward to working with A Neumann & Associates in the future.”

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