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

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

10 do’s and don’ts when selling a business [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 10-Oct-2018 02:00:00

Planning, professional marketing, timing and finding the right match regarding value and terms are just some of the ingredients that go to making a successful business sale. (As we often say, selling a business is not an exact science!)

The following infographic is a distillation of lessons we've learned over many years of advising business sale clients.

Use these tips to help you make the right decisions when preparing your business for sale.

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Topics: Selling your business, Advice, infographic, selling a business, Business Planning

Should I buy or start a business? [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 26-Sep-2018 02:00:00

Many people feel they should ‘aspire to something more’ than being an employee i.e. owning their own business. As I've often said, business ownership is only the right environment for some people, and for many of those it is only the right environment at the right time.

In our eBook, Pros and cons of owning your own business, I told my own story of what it was like to start my business 17 years ago. Despite being highly motivated to create something of my own, and very confident that I 'knew my stuff', it was still very challenging, particularly in the first year.

Do you have the right personal qualities?

There are many factors that contribute to a person’s success in business, but the following four personality types – or personal attributes – often seem to manifest themselves in successful business owners:

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Topics: business advice, Buying a business, running a business, infographic

How to partner with private equity [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 19-Sep-2018 02:00:00

Private equity is not for everyone but, in situations where it aligns with your business goals, it can be very effective.

So what do you need to know if you're thinking about seeking private equity investment?

The following infographic provides some private equity basics, for anyone starting out on the PE journey.

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Topics: Private equity, infographic, business advice, growth strategies, growing a business, Succession planning

How to calculate your Inventory Turnover Ratio [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 29-Aug-2018 02:00:00

The first step in determining the correct stock holding for your business is to understand your current Inventory Turnover Ratio (ITR) i.e. your stock turn.

As a rule of thumb, a stock holding that represents 12 months worth of sales is the maximum needed. However, it’s very hard to generalise.

Some businesses are import oriented so need to commit to a certain level of stock to ensure their freight rate is not exorbitant and/or they have sufficient stock ordered from a single season pre-order. This may cause lumps in their stock holdings.

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Topics: Inventory, Working capital, infographic, inventory turnover ratio, Cash flow, business advice, Business advisor

5 fundamentals of running a business [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 15-Aug-2018 02:00:00

There are 5 key business fundamentals a business owner or senior manager needs to grasp in order to run a business for optimum performance.

The following information is a distillation of the things many of our best clients do on any given day of the week, presented here as a simple infographic.

These fundamentals are not necessarily sequential, instead they often overlap and run in parallel, and also inform and interact.

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Topics: business advice, running a business, Business Value, infographic

The 10-step business buying process [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 18-Jul-2018 02:00:00

 

Step 1: Imagine the process of assessing different businesses for sale as a funnel

The top of the funnel is wide and has a screen which sifts out businesses which don’t meet your requirements.

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Topics: Buying a business, infographic, Free download, business buying funnel, business advice, Business advisor, James Price

 
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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