Most businesses that are up for sale make great efforts to spread the word in a variety of ways. You may use a variety of methods to find out if a business is for sale. It is also interesting to note that while a business may not be publicly listed as for sale, many business owners are at least willing to hear your offer. The method you use will depend on where the business you are interested in resides.
Contact the business owner directly. This may be done in person or via telephone. Emails are an option, but may go unanswered because they may be mistaken for SPAM. The contact information for most businesses is available online or in the local phone directory.
Use an online classified ads website to search for businesses for sale in the area where the desired business resides. Literally hundreds of online directories dedicated to the task of selling businesses are available in most countries. Some are dedicated to specific cities, states or countries. Others allow you to browse international listings to see if the desired business is for sale.
Research local print classified ads. Less tech-savvy business owners may rely on traditional methods to sell their businesses. This is often done through local printed media.
Contact the nearest business broker. These agents and firms are tasked with the sale of local businesses whose owners do not have the time or expertise to negotiate the sale of their business.
Contact the nearest franchise office. Franchisees may decide to sell their businesses and often notify the local franchise office of their intent to sell.