Searcher and Search Evaluation

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How well are you “selling” yourself to owners/sellers of companies?

Or to potential lenders or investors?

This 2-Minute Video Reveals What The Savviest Searchers Do

Fix what’s broken. Add what’s missing.

“60 minutes of pure gold! Ted’s feedback for the Searcher and Search Evaluation caused me to rethink the way I will position myself as a business buyer.”
— Michael Bennett

It’s like fishing with dynamite, thanks to your evaluation and suggestions to refocus and improve my search methodologies.
— Robert Connelly

Thank you again, Ted. Our conversation yesterday has helped us rethink our strategy.
Stephane Lewis

I was getting ready to reach out to business owners in search of a business with $500K to $1M in net profit until I came across Ted. Ted helped me with my searcher’s marketing plan which opened my eyes to the fact that I needed to position myself as someone of the caliber that a seller would WANT to sell to. He did this with role-playing communications between searchers/buyers and brokers/owners/sellers/others, plus polishing my online presence, and providing guidance on how to make initial contact. Thank you so much Ted.
— Oscar Perez 

Ted, thank you for conducting the Searcher and Search Evaluation on my current efforts. You delivered both strategic and tactical value that will change my search process. Strategically, your explanation of the need to ensure congruity of all parts of my search process was invaluable. I now understand that my search is a multi-targeted marketing campaign. Further, that each tool in my search process and every contact with owners either builds upon the next success or tears down the effort.

Tactically, you delivered practical, but blunt feedback on each of the search steps where I provided information and I appreciate your delivery. I now know what aspects won’t work and can make the appropriate changes to match the strategy. Finally, at each step today, you provided insightful commentary that has served as seasoned advice to help me become better informed. Thanks Ted!
— Terry Morehouse

Alex Pawle, Kent Business Investors bought a manufacturing company. How he got there is quite a story. You’ll hear about trials and tribulations, and then he tells us how he got what he wanted. You’ll also glean tips for searching and dealmaking.

The better you market yourself the more owners will want to sell their company to you and the easier it will be to get the money you need for dealmaking.

Disappointment and frustration is normal for people trying to find worthwhile businesses to buy. And it is unnecessary.

Searchers/buyers: Try thinking like owners/sellers.

How impressed would you be if a potential “buyer” behaving like you showed interest in your company for sale?


  • More than half of the searchers asking for Ted Leverette’s Searcher and Search Evaluation learn that their search methods and tools are defective.
  • Most of them misallocated their dealmaking funds and/or they must adjust their investment objective to more realistically fit marketplace realities.
  • Most of them unnecessarily risk competing with other buyers.

Discovering this early is better than getting blowback from brokers, sellers, investors and sources of financing.

This webpage shows one way we can help you better-prepare to search for companies for sale (and/or attract investors) so you can buy the right business the right way.

Get our Searcher and Search Evaluation™ before you (further) expose yourself on the playing field.

Already on the playing field? Want better results?

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Most business buyers searching for sellers or investors misstep during their approach to brokers, sellers and investors.

LISTEN to my 5-minute interview with a searcher whose deal cratered:

You’ll hear:

  • why he (after devoting considerable attention and time) withdrew his LOI
  • how to more-flexibly craft an LOI
  • a way to anticipate and prevent some of the most deal-killing actions by sellers
  • an idea to mitigate the risk of “potential”
  • some tips to better-prepare for interactions between buyers and sellers.

You, too, are invited to privately communicate with me about what’s obstructing or bothering you while trying to buy or sell a business. We can make a podcast out of it, keeping confidential your identity. And you’ll benefit from complimentary guidance from me in return for participating. Let’s talk about it.

Let Ted Leverette evaluate your plan to market yourself and search for deals.

Confidentially email and then talk to Ted about what you use.

Use the email link below before you submit your information to us for review.

  • If we think our free evaluation can benefit you, we will reply with further instructions.

“The WINNING Searcher Marketing Plan to Find Business Acquisitions”

  1. What You Say First to Brokers, Owners and Sellers
  2. Pitch Deck (written presentation for face-to-face or online meetings)
  3. Acquisition Criteria
  4. Methodology/Process (timing, targeting, follow-up messaging)
  5. Search (prospecting, letter, email, etc.)
  6. Resume
  7. Link(s) to your online presence (even if it does not pertain to your search).
  8. Letter of Interest
  9. NDA and Letter of Intent (Heads of Terms for U.K.)
  10. Response Rate and Worthiness of Responses

Tip: What you voice first to brokers, owners and sellers either repels them or motivates them to talk to you.

Deliverables / Benefits

  • Diagnosis and evaluation.
  • Identification and explanation of searchers’ (actual and pending) activities that do not serve their self-interest.
  • Motivation and direction to improve what people do during search.

You have no obligation to talk to us about our review.

  • We will send you an NDA to protect our mutual self-interest, which you should sign before conveying any documents to us.

You don’t have pay us unless Ted Leverette emails you saying we think you need to hear our opinion about what you’ve been doing (or what you tell us you want to do before you enter the dealmaking playing field).

  • Only if you order the Zoom $250 covers the review and a 60 minute Zoom.
  • By the end of the next business day we will suggest a time for you to call to hear and discuss our findings.

Depending upon what’s good and not so good in what you share with us, we may be available to help you improve your results. Such as better prospecting materials, processes and interactions with people on your dealmaking playing field.

Why us?

We evaluate searchers and search methodologies on the basis of hundreds of done deals. Our colleagues have shared information about thousands of searchers and dealmakers.

  • We have no businesses to sell or recommend.
  • No conflict of interest. Our loyalty is solely to buyers looking for opportunities leading to done deals.

Click to see the scope of our advisory service. You can access some or all of it.

Not sure?

Read this:

How to Prepare Yourself and Find the Right Business to Buy

Click to email Ted Leverette.

Do NOT send anything that is confidential. Only send us the kinds of materials you distribute or intend to convey in the public domain; the kinds of information searchers convey to people they want to influence. Redact (omit) text that identifies anyone but you, such as brokers, sellers, advisors. We don’t want to see it.

  • When you use the email link above, tell us what specific documents you want to share with us. Include a brief description of the degree to which you are or are not getting the responses you seek. Why is that so?
  • If we think our free evaluation can benefit you, we will reply with further instructions.
  • We will send you an NDA to protect our mutual self-interest, which you should sign before conveying any documents to us.

Hire Business Buyer Advocate Ted Leverette to educate and guide you through our Street-Smart 22-Step Acquisition Sequence ™. It integrates five services essential to buyers: Search, due diligence, financing, valuation and dealmaking. We are not a business brokerage. We do not sell franchises or any kind of business.