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6 Places to Find Businesses For Sale Online

6 Places to Find Businesses For Sale Online
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Have you always dreamed of owning your own business some day? Building a business from the ground up isn't for everyone, but don't let that crush your entrepreneurial spirit. There are plenty of existing businesses out there just waiting to be bought.

Though it may surprise you, everything from franchise opportunities to unique companies you've never even thought of before can be found on the Web. Business News Daily found six great websites that are perfect for starting your search for the right business fit. 

Ready to take on the world of business ownership? You might just find your dream company on one of these websites.

BizBuySell.com boasts that it is "the Internet's largest business for sale marketplace" and offers users options to buy a business, buy a franchise, sell a business, get help with financing and more. Users can search for businesses by category, state and country, and even set a minimum and maximum price. You can also search franchises by type, state, and amount of capital you have available to invest. Or, you can search for a business broker near you. [5 Things You Should Know About Revenue-Based Financing ]

Interesting businesses that were previously available include: a vintage auto-restoration business in California, an over-water hotel in Panama, and a go-kart and amusement park venue in Minnesota.

Like BizBuySell.com, with BizQuest.com you can search for businesses, franchises or business brokers by location and business type or industry. And perks for sellers are good, too: BizQuest.com allows you to post ads in just 5 minutes. The ads are then shared on the company's partner websites, like The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. BizQuest.com also gives you the option to browse listings in top cities as well as the most popular franchises and industries.

Some cool business examples: An aerospace machine shop in California, an 18-hole golf course in Alabama and a professional recording studio in New Jersey.

BusinessBroker.net has over 30,000 business-for-sale listings just waiting for you to sift through. As with the other websites, you can search for businesses and franchises, find brokers and see listings by industry and location. BusinessBroker.net also has a finance and loan center that offers professional help to guide you in your business purchasing decisions.

A few of the unique businesses previously available on the site: A historic bed-and-breakfast in Missouri, a motorcycle dealership in Texas and an online custom-party-favors vendor in New York.

MergerNetwork.com has over 15,000 active business-for-sale listings around the world. It allows sellers to post ads for their business for free and connect with over 14,000 entrepreneurs, investment bankers and business brokers.

Some of the coolest businesses found on the site: A waterfront resort and RV park in Washington, a radio station in New Mexico and a magazine publishing company in Boston.

This website currently has over 62,000 business listings in the United States and around the world, including available franchises. Users can search by business sector and location to find the perfect business for them. BusinessesForSale.com also has features like email alerts and a services directory for those who need accountants, brokers, lawyers and more.

The most interesting businesses previously for sale: A ranch retreat in Texas, a nightclub in Florida and a river rafting and kayaking retail store in Utah.

BusinessMart.com, like many of the other websites, has both businesses and franchises available as well as resources and services to help you get funding. It also allows you to search by location and business category, or search franchises by your available capital.

Some of the most unique businesses found on the site: A scuba diving resort in Tennessee, a boat and yacht detailing business in Maryland, and a paint and party studio in Colorado.

Brittney Helmrich

Brittney M. Helmrich graduated from Drew University in 2012 with a B.A. in History and Creative Writing. She joined the Business News Daily team in 2014 after working as the editor-in-chief of an online college life and advice publication for two years. Follow Brittney on Twitter at @brittneyplz, or contact her by email.