How competitive advantage contributes to 'strategic value'

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 22-May-2019 02:00:00

Competitive advantage occurs when you as a business do something better than anyone else and it is hard for other businesses to quickly and easily replicate that offering.

There are degrees of competitive advantage and, in terms of strategic valueyour competitive advantage has to be something a potential purchaser will value.

(Quick reminder: strategic value is the value a purchaser is willing to pay for a business, over and above what an impartial business valuer might determine is 'fair market value'.)

For example, you may say ‘we sell more air conditioners than anyone else because of our unique customer relationship management approach’. That’s great, but are you achieving reasonable margins on those sales? If the answer is ‘no’, there is no value being created, strategic or otherwise.

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Topics: strategic value, business advice, Business advisor, business valuer, Parramatta, Orange NSW, competitive advantage

5 tips for selling a business [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 22-May-2019 02:00:00

The infographic below is based on lessons learned during a sale we facilitated for a client.

During the sale process our client showed how listening to market feedback and being responsive and flexible can deliver an acceptable outcome.

As we often say, selling is a dynamic process – it's not a 'set and forget' where you get your valuation, list the business for sale at that price, and away it goes.

In this case, the vendor achieved a satisfactory sale by applying each of the five guidelines outlined in the infographic.

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Topics: infographic, business advice, selling a business, Business advisor, Parramatta, Orange NSW

Franchise advice as parliamentary report calls for sector overhaul

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 15-May-2019 02:00:00

When it comes to franchising, our message is consistent: get robust, independent advice before you buy a franchise (or any business, for that matter!)

The recent release of a damning federal parliamentary report into Australia’s franchise sector has reinforced the importance of this message.

The parliamentary inquiry into ‘Fairness in Franchising’ recommended an overhaul of the industry's regulatory framework, stating that it had “manifestly failed to deter systemic poor conduct and exploitative behaviour”. It said the existing rules had “entrenched the power imbalance” favouring franchisors.

However the report also acknowledged there are good franchise systems that “operate to the mutual benefit of the franchisor and their franchisees”.

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Topics: Buying a business, Franchises, Video, business advice, buying a franchise, vendor due diligence

How to attract valuable customers [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 08-May-2019 02:00:00


Business value comes in two different ways:

  • during the course of operations, and
  • at the end, when you sell or pass on your business.

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.

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Topics: Business Value, Customers and Clients, Customers, infographic, business advice, strategic planning, Parramatta, Orange NSW

What is ‘discounted cash flow’ when valuing a business?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 08-May-2019 02:00:00

When advising clients looking to buy businesses, as well as running businesses, we use a number of different methodologies to assess value.

A business is a dynamic entity – a ‘going concern’ – so you can’t just value it at a point in time. You need to assess the level of cash flow it is generating today, and what you can expect it to generate into the future. You then need to assign a ‘present day value’ to those potential future cash flows. 

One way we do this is by using the discounted cash flow (DCF) valuation method.

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Topics: business advice, Business valuation, valuing a business, business basics, Parramatta, Orange NSW, discounted cash flow

How to choose a business broker [video]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 01-May-2019 02:00:00

When choosing a broker to help sell your business, there are three key elements to look for:

  1. Experience in your industry and in selling businesses of your size and ‘shape’
  2. Project management expertise
  3. Communication skills.
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Topics: Selling your business, Advice, Video, Business advisor, business broker, Parramatta, Orange NSW

3 first steps when selling a business [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 01-May-2019 02:00:00

Selling a business should not be like exploring an uncharted continent.

When embarking on a business sale you’re not just taking yourself, but you must also bring along your business partners, staff and advisors for the journey. It’s a massive undertaking and not one to be entered into lightly.

Don’t go exploring on a business sale unless you at least know where you want to end up.

This week's infographic is for those just setting out on the business sale journey, and step 1 is about being honest with yourself regarding why you're on this journey to help you determine where you need to go. 

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Topics: Selling your business, infographic, selling a business, Business valuation, Business advisor, Business selling, business broker, Parramatta, Orange NSW

5 issues to be aware of when planning a joint venture [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 24-Apr-2019 02:00:00

If you are considering entering into a joint venture, we have created the following infographic to help you.

The infographic lists five issues to be aware of and which should be raised with all parties early in the planning and negotiation stages. 

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Topics: Shareholders, infographic, business advice, Business advisor, shareholders agreement, joint venture, Parramatta, Orange NSW

3 ingredients needed for a successful business sale or purchase

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 24-Apr-2019 02:00:00

Based on our years of business broking experience – and successfully making a match between many buyers and sellers – answering ‘yes’ to the following three questions should set you up for a successful business transaction:

  1. Price – Is the price market related and does it reflect the value a willing buyer, under the circumstances of the sale transaction, will perceive as fair?
  2. Facts – Are the facts on the business or opportunity clear, unambiguous and relevant to the risks, issues and opportunities the risk-taking party will likely perceive in making the purchase?
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Topics: Buying a business, Business transfer, business advice, selling a business, Business advisor, business broker, Parramatta, Orange NSW

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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