Every business search is different. No one can tell you exactly how long it will take to find a business, but it can take anywhere from a few months to a few years. A lot depends on the search criteria, industry, and geography that you are searching. Also having the ability to quickly analyze a deal and act plays a major part in how long it takes. Solid businesses don’t last on the market long. And more experienced investors often have the resources to move on a deal quickly.