James Price | JPAbusiness

James Price has over 30 years’ experience in providing strategic, commercial and financial advice to Australian and international business clients. James’ blogs provide business advice for aspiring and current small to mid-sized business owners, operators and managers.
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Do I have to get a valuation before selling?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 17-Apr-2019 02:00:00

The simple answer is ‘no’, you don’t need a valuation to sell a business.

However, in terms of engaging JPAbusiness to sell your business, the answer is a resounding ‘yes’, you do need to get a valuation before you embark on a sale process.

The reason for that is part of our point of difference among business brokers. It’s based on a lesson learned early in the life of JPAbusiness, and backed by years of subsequent experience. 

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Topics: business advice, selling a business, Business valuation, Parramatta, Orange NSW

What happens after you sell your business? [cartoon]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 17-Apr-2019 02:00:00

After the process of finding a buyer and selling your business, there is a good chance you’ll still need to turn up to work for a period of time.

Conditions of a sales agreement often include requirements for continuation of service for a transitional period. This involves working alongside the new owner for a set period to share information and knowledge of the business.

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Topics: Selling your business, Advice, Family business, Exiting your business, Business advisor, cartoon, Parramatta, Orange NSW

Mining services business for sale

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 10-Apr-2019 02:00:00

JPAbusiness is presenting a rare opportunity to purchase a well-established mining and quarrying services business with a portfolio of loyal, blue chip clients throughout Australia.

Established in 1980, the business manufactures and installs specialist equipment, providing turn-key solutions to mining and quarrying clients.

The business is being sold as part of the owner’s retirement plan. The owner has agreed to provide extensive transitionary advice and assistance, consistent with a desire to see the firm successfully move to its next stage of development and success.

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Topics: Business for sale, mining and quarrying, mining services, strategic acquisition

What is an earnout or contingency payment?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 10-Apr-2019 02:00:00

Earnouts and contingency payments are typical features of business sales in the Australian, European and US corporate markets.

In our work in Australia, we are seeing them increasingly used in the small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) market and we’re often involved in structuring these deals, either from a purchaser’s or vendor’s side.

If you are considering selling a business at the larger end of the SME market, with a longevity of orders and forward earnings, it’s important to consider the concept of earnouts and contingency payments because it will come up from interested parties.

It’s also important to recognise that earnouts as part of the purchase price have capital gains tax implications, so expert advice is essential.

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Topics: Buying a business, business advice, selling a business, seller earnouts, business basics, Parramatta, Orange NSW, contingency payment

When should I tell my staff I'm selling my business?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 03-Apr-2019 02:00:00

In assisting clients to prepare for a business sale process, we often get the question: When should I tell my staff I’m going to sell?

It’s an important issue because staff can significantly impact your business’ value, while selling can impact their lives.

The reality is there is no simple answer because every business is different.

A complex situation

Our guiding principle is that open and transparent communication with your staff is always a positive thing.

However, this is complicated by the fact selling a business is a sensitive issue and disclosing the fact it’s for sale can be detrimental to a business’ operations.

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Topics: staff management, business advice, selling a business, business basics, Parramatta, Orange NSW

How to develop a great team [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 03-Apr-2019 02:00:00

Developing a reliable team – and keeping them – is one of the biggest challenges in business.

Everyone has their own motivations for the job they do, so there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

However over the years of helping business owners build and retain effective teams, we've identified several key actions that can help drive success in this area. We've summarised them in the following infographic:

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Topics: Employment and recruitment, Staff, Starting a business, staff management, business advice, Parramatta, Orange NSW

How to influence your bank's lending appetite [cheat sheet]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 27-Mar-2019 02:00:00

A bank, financier or equity investor focuses on three S’s when considering their appetite for your business. They are:

  • Servicing
  • Security
  • Surety
None of these factors are completely controllable, but they are strongly influenced by your actions as a business owner.

Our cheat sheet can help you understand and manage these factors, to help create a strong and positive relationship with your bank or financier.

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Topics: Advice, Banks and lending, Running your business, cheat sheet, Banking, Parramatta, Orange NSW, business finance

6 reasons to invest in staff training and PD [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 27-Mar-2019 02:00:00

First we need to answer the question: what is the difference between 'training' and 'professional development'?

Training is about ensuring your employees have the required skills and expertise to carry out the tasks for which they are responsible.

Professional development is a more long-term concept and is about helping your employees prepare to perform additional duties in future roles.

What are the benefits of having trained people in my organisation?

The infographic below lists 6 benefits of investing in staff training and professional development.

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Topics: Employment and recruitment, Skills and knowledge, Advice, Staff, Training and Professional Development, infographic, Business advisor, Parramatta, Orange NSW

How to transfer business ownership

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 20-Mar-2019 02:00:00

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

There are several important issues a vendor and, by definition, a purchaser need to consider and deal with in the transfer process leading up to settlement.

There is quite a bit of interplay and overlap between the issues but, for the purposes of this blog, I have separated them into seven categories:

  1. Employees
  2. Financial
  3. Customers
  4. Suppliers
  5. Stock
  6. Legal
  7. Other.
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Topics: Buying a business, Selling your business, Business transfer, business advice, Business advisor, Parramatta, Orange NSW

5 tools to help seal the deal when selling a business [cheat sheet]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 20-Mar-2019 02:00:00

Over the past few years we’ve produced a number of resources to help our readers and clients navigate the business sale journey.

For the record, Step 1 of selling is always the same: Ask yourself ‘what is my objective in selling?’ Why you are selling needs to be very clear in your mind, and the minds of your spouse, shareholders, business partners and so on, in order to set yourself up for a successful sale.

At the other end of the selling process is ‘sealing the deal’ and this is not without its challenges. The cheat sheet below introduces some of the tools we use to manage information flows during the detailed due diligence process and, ultimately, seal the deal.

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Topics: Selling your business, Due diligence, cheat sheet, business advice, selling a business, Business advisor, 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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