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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How NOT to manage a business ownership transfer

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

Value can be destroyed overnight if a business sale transfer goes wrong.

A few years back we published an eBook and checklist designed to help people manage this transfer process, after an experience I had while conducting due diligence for a client.

My client was in the process of purchasing a building products business in Queensland, which sold to both the trade market and retail customers.

Contracts had been exchanged and a deposit paid by my client, but the sale was subject to the outcome of my due diligence.

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Topics: Buying a business, Free download, Business transfer, Checklist, business advice, selling a business, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Orange NSW

Client case studies: Why do I need a shareholders' agreement?

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

If you’re thinking about starting a business with someone else, or you’re an existing business owner considering taking on an investing party or shareholder, I strongly advise you to create a formal shareholders’ agreement at the outset.

I have dealt with a number of clients over the years who have found themselves in very sad and frustrating situations because they have entered into shareholding arrangements without a documented and legally well-constituted agreement.

Relationships have suffered, friendships have been lost, and business performance and value has been severely eroded through distractions caused as a result of not having an effective shareholders’ agreement.

In this blog I’m sharing the stories of two clients and how the lack of formal agreements has impacted them.

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Topics: Business Planning, Shareholders, business advice, Business advisor, shareholders agreement, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Orange NSW

Follow our 10-step business buying process [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 03-Jul-2019 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.

These requirements may relate to:

  • Geography
  • Size and turnover
  • Earnings
  • Price
  • Product or service
  • Customer base, etc.

Once the various sale opportunities have been ‘sifted’ you are left with the select few businesses which meet your requirements. 

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

Do I need a broker or advisor to buy a business?

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

I strongly advise anyone looking to make a substantial investment in a business to consider independent external advice, whether that comes from a business broker, business advisor or accountant, or another specialist.

That advice might be in the form of:

  • providing a sounding board as you determine exactly what your own aims are in buying a business
  • objective advice on whether the business or businesses you’re considering actually meet those objectives
  • providing an independent view of the value of the business you’re looking to buy
  • assisting you in the purchase negotiation process
  • conducting the due diligence process.

However, this is where my answer gets a little tricky, because not all brokers have the same level of experience, and some offer a form of service I don’t endorse.

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Topics: Buying a business, business advice, Business advisor, business broker, JPAbusiness, business basics, Parramatta, Orange NSW

How can a broker add value when selling a business?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 26-Jun-2019 02:00:00

You don’t need a broker to sell a business, but having a good broker or experienced advisor to assist you can add value at a number of points along the selling process.

In this blog we’re going to examine four elements of selling a business and show how a good broker can provide additional value at those stages:

  1. Determining what the business is worth
  2. Preparing the business for sale
  3. Describing the business opportunity to prospective purchasers
  4. Progressing the sales process.

We've also included a number of client examples to illustrate how this works in practice.

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Topics: selling a business, Business advisor, business broker, valuing a business, business basics, Parramatta, Orange NSW

What to include in a Business Profile when selling [checklist]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 26-Jun-2019 02:00:00

Prospective business buyers value professional, credible, robust information on a business sale opportunity.

Selling a business is about trying to get someone to share the same, or better, perspective on your business that you have.

Get this information provision right and interested parties can successfully understand and evaluate what you know and value about the business, and then put a fair price on it relative to this type of asset in the marketplace.

Present them with poor quality information and it will reflect sourly on your business.

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Topics: Selling your business, Advice, Checklist, selling a business, business broker, Parramatta, Orange NSW

How to ensure you pay a fair price when buying a business

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 19-Jun-2019 02:00:00

In our experience, the risks associated with business purchases fall into three categories:

  1. People
  2. Customers, suppliers and market dynamics
  3. The value exchange.

In this blog we’re focusing on the third risk category, the value exchange, and how you can manage that risk.

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Topics: Business Value, Buying a business, business advice, risk management, Parramatta, Orange NSW

Find the right business with our Business Buyer's Checklist

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 19-Jun-2019 02:00:00

Buying a business is not an investment decision to be rushed into or made lightly.

For those of you considering buying a business, we have created the Business Buyer's Checklist.

The checklist contains 14 questions designed to:

  • ensure you have a clear purchase objective 
  • work out whether identified business opportunities are a good match for your skills and interests
  • prompt you to take necessary steps regarding market appraisal, due diligence and financing.
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Topics: Buying a business, Template, Checklist, business advice, business buying, Business advisor, Parramatta, Orange NSW

What does a 'healthy' balance sheet look like? [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 12-Jun-2019 02:00:00

Many business owners, in small and large firms, don’t really focus on their balance sheet. They look at their profit and loss and, if they’re making a profit, they think ‘everything’s fine’.

From our experience, the balance sheet of a business is often the key to its success.

This is because a healthy balance sheet is often the key to being able to withstand shocks; it gives financiers the confidence to support your business with additional funds when things are tight.

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Topics: Advice, Banks and lending, Running your business, infographic, Banking, Parramatta, Orange NSW

How to build a strong banking relationship [cheat sheet]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 12-Jun-2019 02:00:00

Your banker or financier is a key partner in your business and, as with all successful partnerships, good communication is key.

The following cheat sheet contains some of our top tips for communicating with your bank and setting yourself up for a strong partnership.

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Topics: Business Value, Banks and lending, Banking, business advice, Business advisor, business partners, 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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