Video: How to create an Annual Business Plan

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 13 Nov 2019, 02:00:00

The annual business planning process should address three critical questions about your business:

  1. Where is the business now?
  2. Where do we want the business to be in the future?
  3. How are we going to marshal the resources we have, and which we can influence, to get there?

In this video I list four aspects of your business which you need to consider during the annual business planning process – Operational, Financial, Risks, People management – and drill down a little into some issues you should cover under each of those four elements.

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Topics: Business Planning, Video, business advice, Business advisor, James Price, strategic planning, annual business plan, Parramatta, Orange NSW

Do I have to pay GST when I buy or sell a business?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 13 Nov 2019, 02:00:00

When working with clients who are either buying or selling businesses, we’re often asked: ‘Will I have to pay GST?’

The short answer, according to the Australian Tax Office (ATO), is:

No GST is payable on the sale of a going concern if certain conditions are met. (A ‘going concern’ is a business that is operating and making a profit.) However, as the seller, you may be able to claim input tax credits for GST you paid on expenses relating to the sale.

Of course, it’s never as simple as one paragraph when it comes to tax, so we’ve asked our business analyst Shirley Jin, who is also a CPA, to clarify those ‘certain conditions’ mentioned, and when you can and can’t claim input tax credits for GST paid on sale expenses.

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Topics: business advice, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Orange NSW, taxation, GST

How to think like a buyer when selling your business

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 6 Nov 2019, 02:00:00

When business owners come to see us, wanting to sell their business, we often get involved in providing ‘vendor due diligence’.

This basically involves us 'pretending' we're a buyer and has two main components:

1. Understanding what the business is really worth i.e. conducting an independent valuation or market appraisal

2. Understanding how the business appears to a potential purchaser.

That second component is the core part of vendor due diligence and involves looking at the business from a purchaser’s point of view:

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Topics: Selling your business, infographic, selling a business, Business valuation, vendor due diligence, business valuer

How to show your bank you're a sure thing [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 6 Nov 2019, 02:00:00

When considering whether to ‘take a risk’ on your business and fund it, a bank or financier will usually focus on three S’s:

  • Servicing
  • Security
  • Surety.

The infographic below sets out 7 factors which contribute to your ‘surety’ in the eyes of a bank or other financier:

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Topics: Banks and lending, business advice, James Price, seeking finance, Parramatta, Orange NSW, business finance

How to bring a new shareholder into your business [cheat sheet]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 30 Oct 2019, 02:00:00


There are 2 key issues to consider when taking on a new partner or shareholder:

  1. How to establish the shareholding for the incoming investor
  2. How to manage the shareholder relationships.

The following cheat sheet sets out some of the questions you need to consider to ensure your agreement is well thought out and the shareholder relationships are well managed. 

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Topics: Business Structures, Shareholders, cheat sheet, business advice, Business advisor, business partners, shareholders agreement

How our planning sheet can help business buyers [video]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 23 Oct 2019, 02:00:00

Buying a business is a major investment and it can also be a very time-consuming activity.

In this video James explains how the Buying a Business Planning Sheet can help save time and also give direction to your purchase planning.

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Topics: Buying a business, Business Planning, Template, Video, business advice, Parramatta, Orange NSW

4 principles to help choose your business structure [cheat sheet]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 23 Oct 2019, 02:00:00

Good business structures should be effective in:

  1. Protecting your assets
  2. Minimising your income tax and capital gains tax
  3. Simplifying your administration
  4. Achieving your retirement objectives
  5. Achieving your estate planning objectives.

The right business structure for your situation will depend on a number of considerations. The most important are usually:

  • asset protection, and
  • the ability to reduce the overall tax rate.
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Topics: Business Structures, cheat sheet, business advice, sole trader, tax minimisation, company, trust, asset protection, Parramatta, Orange NSW

How often should I have my business valued? [video]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 16 Oct 2019, 02:00:00

Valuations are extremely useful management tools for business owners looking to maximise their current business performance and long-term value.

A valuation can help you identify what you are currently doing that is:

a) adding to your business value, and

b) detracting from that value.

My advice is that, if your business is greater than five years old, you should have it valued on a reasonably regular basis, say every 2–3 years depending on your growth track and the external environment the business is experiencing.

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Topics: Business Value, Advice, Valuations, Video, business advice, business management, market appraisal, Parramatta, Orange NSW

Top 10 do’s and don’ts of business selling [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 16 Oct 2019, 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.

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, Business Planning, infographic, selling a business

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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