Want to start a business but don't want to start from scratch. No problem. There are thousands of businesses for sale right now. The best part is that most of them are established businesses with customers and a solid profit.
BizBuySell, is the place to go to find interesting businesses for sale. Here are 10 businesses looking for new owners — from a cat hotel to a ghost tour operator — that may inspire you to find your entrepreneurial side.
Hawaiian Ocean Front Restaurant & Bar
One man's business-for-sale is another man's permanent vacation. This Hawaiian full-service bar and restaurant is a Big Island staple, serving locals and visitors day and night with Pacific Ocean views, nightly live music and indoor and outdoor seating. The eatery is also fully equipped with private rooms for large parties and special occasions.
Historical, Ghost & Brewery Tour Co.
Home of Pike’s Peak Gold Rush, some of America’s best brewers, and (yikes!) poltergeists, Colorado offers lots to do. This tour company leads tourists and locals alike through the best of Boulder and Denver’s history, hops and haunted institutions.
The Event Villa, a wedding and reception facility, may be located in North Carolina, but all 10,000 square feet and seven acres of pristine gardens of this venue ooze a late baroque, European castle vibe. Its bedroom suites, billiard room and balcony offer the perfect backdrop for corporate functions, social galas or wedding receptions worthy of royalty.
Historic Gem Theatre, Ice Cream Parlor & Candy Store
A little bit of ‘30s, a splash of ‘50s, and a drizzle of ‘80s: this Utah movie theater is a tour through the 20th century. The art deco auditorium sits behind an Elvis-era ice cream parlor, a Roaring Twenties penny candy shop and a Marty McFly-style Internet cafe. It offers something for everyone.
Bonsai Nursery & Pottery Business
This Oregon valley business offers enterprise and real estate all in one. The bonsai tree nursery, complete with greenhouses, a shop and 10 residential chickens, sits on eight acres adjacent to Mary’s River. Perfect for the green enthusiast, the Japanese pottery collector or anyone looking to set up shop away from the congestion of a metropolis.
An Australian Boutique
A Sheila’s dream, this established Aussie retail boutique right outside of Melbourne’s business district is looking for a new owner. The brick-and-mortar store is stocked with inventory with internationally renowned designer clothing and accessories, and plenty of potential to develop an e-commerce channel as well.
US Post office and Cafe
Letters and lunch: it’s an unlikely pairing, but one that inevitably makes some people’s lives easier and schedules less cluttered. This South Florida hybrid post office-lunch spot offers indoor and outdoor mealtime seating, a beer and wine menu, beachfront relaxation and, of course, the ultimate convenience.
Eco-Chic Handbag company
Socially responsible consumers believe in both fashion and environmentalism. UrthBags, a California-based e-commerce business for sale, promotes environmentally friendly accessorizing, offering handbags and totes crafted from magazines, seashells and juice boxes by Fair Trade Women's Organizations & Artisans.
Cat Hotel and Shoppe
Lending a whole new meaning to the adage "dogs have masters, cats have staff," this Michigan kennel offers pure pampering for your feline companion. With 16 decorated rooms, a play zone and TV lounge — not to mention a menu of spa services and accessories for sale — customers' cats may believe they dropped them off at The Plaza by accident.
Luxury Sport, Exotic Auto Sales & Service
Mercedes and BMWs and Cadillacs, oh my! This 30-year-old high-end pre-owned auto shop, equipped with a complete service department, body shop and a bevy of ritzy rides is looking for a new vehicular/”Top Gear”-enthusiast owner. The long-standing Florida operation boasts plenty of room and resources for expansion, not to mention the daily comfort of being around the cream of the coupe crop.