Starting from scratch isn't the only way to get started. Buying an existing business can help you hit the ground running. Here's what you need to know to find a great deal.

When most people think of starting a business, they think of beginning from scratch--developing your own ideas and building the company from the ground up. However, starting from scratch presents some distinct disadvantages, including the difficulty of building a customer base, marketing the new business, hiring employees and establishing cash flow...all without a track record or reputation to go on.

Download this guide to learn about the pluses and minuses of buying an existing business.