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4 Ways to Select Business Like Warren Buffett

Are you one of them who are getting a lot of confusions while buying or selecting a target business? If yes, then most probably you are not familiar with the well-known Warren Buffett business principles (philosophies). No doubt, if you are planning to invest, you want some additional business value expansion with the good return. But the noticeable point is that all ideas are not sustainable at the same time because different industries demand different buying or holding strategies. In this article, I am going to discuss the basic ideas of picking up a business like Warrant Buffett.

If you are going to invest for long-term, all you need is a good strategy and plan which is not only feasible but also practical. I know very well that selecting a target business is really a daunting and deep-researching task if you do not have a good idea and corresponding strategy in your hands. In this reference, Warren Buffett principles can help you a lot. Let’s know more about warren buffet strategy to select as well as to buy the target business:

1) Do you understand business?

Understanding a business simply means that you know the demands of customers as well as the market for your business, know the legal regulators and compliance of the organisation, and the most important is that you are familiar with the business operations and activities. According to Buffett business strategy, it is better to buy the linear or horizontal or vertical line business having similar nature to your business. The basic point behind this idea is that you will be more familiar with the business you are already owning or working in. Opt for any business only after knowing the depth understanding of business. For getting success in target business, this is the first and foremost key to the business expansion.

2) Does it have some kind of sustainable competitive advantage?

To survive in this cut-throat competitive era, it is a must to have the sustainable competitive advantageous element in your target business. Business expansion is more about to rule the market area rather than making super profits, so if there is the availability of some factors to defeat the competition, it would be surely a plus in short span of time. Consider that business is making money or not, or if it is undervalued. Check out the performance of company including net worth, debt ratio, growth rate, and other important basic points.

3) Is management honest and able?

Companies having vigilant leadership and sound management success lead to an easy path to success. Apart from the capability, the management should be reliable, honest, and loyal towards the work as well as the organisation. Consider the role of management in superior decision making, product marketing, and growth. Sound management hierarchy leads to the successful business, so before buying any business, give special attention to the management tactics of the target company. Buffett’s investment philosophy clearly states that the management should be honest and capable of business success.

4) Is price right?

Hit the right price at the right time to make more money. Justify the bidding prices that means your every penny invested in the target business should be worth enough. You should check that what you are paying is the true cost of business including goodwill or there is no extra burden of personal profiteering. Keep watching the company stocks and movements for getting the sound idea of the target business once you select the business so that you can go with the right monetary deal. Before deciding your budget and paying good consideration, check that the company which is going to sell its shares have inner value and increasing potential in the stocks.

By and large, the above-mentioned points cover the basic criteria of acquiring a business, but it does not mean at all that these points are exhaustive. There are many small as well as big factors that one needs to consider before picking up the stocks of any business like the stability of the business or stock, the value of the investment, percentage or return or much more. Do not go for the risky ideas, keep a backup or shell proof plan all set behind the basic idea. Conclusively, if you are getting affirmative answers of the above questions, there is a lesser risk in investment and your base is all set to invest.

Be the technical investor with the basic four points because his strategy can be your plan too simply. Set your minds today, hit Buffett strategy, and start adding value to your existing money bank!

Vikas Agarwal
the authorVikas Agarwal
Vikas Agarwal is an IIT-Varanasi graduate in Chemical Engineering. He is the Founder and CEO of - an investment advisory website. He is a Business Development Professional but a Value Investor at heart. He writes articles on Finaacle, which focus on simplifying the art of investing and the causes of human misjudgment when it comes to investing. He also shares his experiences as an investor and lessons from some of the greatest investors of all time.

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