How to create a business plan in 3 steps

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 14-Nov-2018 02:00:00

Business plans don't need to be weighty documents, but they do need to be:

  • referenced regularly,
  • shared with others, and 
  • pressure tested.

The following graphic illustrates the 3 fundamental components of an annual business planning process:

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Topics: Business Planning, Running your business, Starting a business, Advice, infographic

How long does it take to sell a business?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 14-Nov-2018 02:00:00

This is always the million-dollar question when clients come to us seeking help to exit their businesses.

I typically indicate to clients that they need to expect a business sale process to take at least six to 12 months.

The fastest we have sold a business from start to finish is actually six weeks. However, we regard that as a record that will probably never be broken, because it was a unique situation where, strategically, the ‘stars aligned’ between the buyer and the seller.

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Topics: business advice, selling a business, Selling your business

How often should you use the Business Health Check template?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 07-Nov-2018 02:00:00

The JPAbusiness Business Health Check goes back a long way in our company’s history.

When we started JPAbusiness about 17 years ago, one of the first diagnostic services we offered business advisory clients was to conduct a Business Health Check. The aim was to uncover performance-impacting issues in our clients' businesses that weren’t obvious to them and, sometimes, not even remotely on their radar.

And that’s what our Business Health Check template is all about: helping you as a business owner and manager be honest about how your business is performing.

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Topics: Business health check, Template, business advice, small business

JPAbusiness seeking skilled individuals to grow our team

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 07-Nov-2018 02:00:00

JPAbusiness is on the lookout for outstanding individuals to help us grow our valuation, business broking and business advisory services.

We are looking to fill three vacancies with motivated, inquisitive and genuinely client-focused team members.

The positions are:

  • Business analyst – Management consulting and valuation professional
  • Transaction advisor/business broker
  • Business analyst – Graduate position

The positions will all be based in our corporate office in the beautiful and vibrant regional city of Orange, NSW. 

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Topics: positions vacant, staff recruitment, Business advisor, business broker, business valuer, graduate position

How can I build a positive business culture?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 31-Oct-2018 02:00:00

 

By Kevin Catlin
Insight Strategies, Inc.

 

Q. What is the key ingredient in a successful business culture?

KEVIN CATLIN: Some will disagree with me, but I believe culture starts at the top.

You cannot, in my opinion, create a great company culture if the owners and the senior managers are not living it themselves.

 

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Topics: Business culture, Kevin Catlin, guest blogger, staff management, business management

Do I need a valuation or a market appraisal? [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 31-Oct-2018 02:00:00

We are often asked by clients whether they need a valuation or a market appraisal.

The answer has a lot to do with the ultimate purpose of the valuation or market appraisal. For example:

  • Does the valuation/appraisal need to stand up in a court of law?
  • Will the valuation/appraisal form part of a transaction/settlement process?
  • Is the client seeking an indicative view of a business' fair market value and the likely factors that add to and detract from that value?

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Topics: Business valuation, business valuer, market appraisal, business management, infographic

Are your customers adding value? [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 24-Oct-2018 02:00:00

Many people run successful and efficient businesses, but don’t take the time to sit back and ask: ‘What is actually driving the value in my business?’

Understanding those value drivers and focusing energy on them is the difference between having a business that runs efficiently today, and one that builds value over time.

Customers are key drivers of business value, but – as we know – not all customers are created equal. The following infographic contains 4 questions designed to assist you in assessing the make-up and value of your customer base.

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Topics: Customers and Clients, Customers, Business Value, business management, small business, infographic

How to prevent employee fraud [checklist]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 24-Oct-2018 02:00:00

A recently released international study has found small businesses lose almost twice as much to occupational fraud – per case – as large businesses (over 100 employees).

Every two years the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) produces its Report to the Nations: Global study on occupational fraud and abuse.

The following insights about the impact of employee fraud on small business come from the 2018 report:

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Topics: fraud prevention, Employee fraud, Checklist, infographic, staff management

How to avoid real estate traps when buying a business [cartoon]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 17-Oct-2018 02:00:00

Businesses – particularly family businesses – often use real estate assets as part of their wealth generation strategy.

This may lead to situations where the business and real estate assets are interdependent, creating complexities when it comes time to exit and establish a fair market valuation.

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Topics: Family business, Business Value, Selling your business, Buying a business, Starting a business, Advice, Valuations, cartoon

How to transfer business ownership [cheat sheet]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 17-Oct-2018 02:00:00

There are many issues vendors need to deal with in the lead-up to a business sale settlement, from staff contracts and entitlements, right through to P&E roadworthiness certificates.

When selling – or buying – a business, the last thing you want is a handover in which business performance is negatively impacted by transfer issues not planned out ahead of time and dealt with appropriately.

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Topics: Selling your business, Advice, selling a business, Buying a business, Business transfer, cheat sheet

 
Disclaimer: The information contained in this blog is general in nature and should not be taken as personal, professional advice. Readers should make their own inquiries and obtain independent, professional advice before making any decisions, taking any action or relying on any information in this blog. 
 
 

 

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