Thursday, October 31, 2019

Small Business Deal Monsters to watch out for on Halloween...

This Halloween, beware of these frightening ghouls…
I know that some of you out there will be helping their little ghosts and goblins go trick or treating tonight so I wanted to send you some guidance about the monsters you may encounter.
These are monsters particular to the world of buying and selling businesses and so you may not have been trained to recognize them.
Let’s begin with David C Barnett’s 2019 Halloween Monster Mashup…
Fangorious Franchisor.  This is the vampire of the lot.  Imagine the top hat man from Monopoly with fangs.  He’ll dazzle you with Community Chest Cards then stop by regularly to sip 8% of your blood!
Swindling Seller.  A Mummy! Strong and powerful to behold but under the wraps, it’s all just dust.  Don’t lose your hard-earned money to this fiendish fellow.
Piratey Purchaser.  When sailing the seas this Halloween, be careful not to come alongside this swashbuckler.  He’ll promise you the world, then when he’s got your wares on his deck he’ll reveal that he has no money and be off with your time and goods.
Gluttonous Guru.  He’s fat off the big fees he charges for advice that goes nowhere.  When his advice doesn’t work for you, he’ll tell you it’s your own fault! Just too scary to think about. If you see him, run.
Avaricious Advisor.  There is always a new bit of paper that you need to do your deal.  This shapeshifting creep will look like a valued team member then slowly hack your purse to bits with more and more fees for more and more services... but the deal will never get done!
Supervisory Succubus.   Why don’t you like your job?  Why do you dream of buying a business? It’s because this ghoulish devil is secretly concocting spells in her office (along with her friends in HR) to drive you insane!  This monster feeds off the agony of subordinates and will drain you entirely by retirement.  Escape is a must!
So please, be safe out there tonight and avoid these creatures of the night.
If you need help traversing the forest of business deal-making after dark, reach out for my help at

David C Barnett

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