Do you have what it takes to run a business? [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 18-Sep-2019 02:00:00

Before you spend months trawling through business advertising sites, trying to decide which business would best suit you, first consider whether you would suit business.

In this infographic we’ve summarised 10 attributes we tend to see in successful business people.

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Topics: Buying a business, infographic, Starting a business, business advice, business management, business ownership, Parramatta, Orange NSW

3 things to do before you interview [video]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 11-Sep-2019 02:00:00

When hiring new staff there are a number of issues that need to be dealt with by a business owner or senior manager before a recruitment interview process begins. It’s much harder to retrofit this important information into a recruitment process after the fact.

In the following video I list 3 key tasks you should undertake before you begin the interview process.

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Topics: infographic, Video, staff management, business advice, Business advisor, staff recruitment, hiring staff

How to conduct performance reviews for senior staff

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 04-Sep-2019 02:00:00

I recently put together some questions for my senior staff to consider in advance of their Annual Performance Review discussions.

We have discussed the mechanics of the performance review process in previous blogs, and a key theme was that reviews are ‘a two-way street’.

Senior staff members bring considerable experience and insight to your business so you need to ensure you use the review event as an opportunity to tap into those insights for the benefit of your business, as well as the individuals involved.

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Topics: staff management, business advice, Business culture, business management, staff performance, performance review, Parramatta, Orange NSW

Do I have to get a valuation before selling my business? [video]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 04-Sep-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 ‘yes’: we always recommend clients have their businesses independently and professionally valued before they invest time and money in a sale process.

In this week's video I explain how our first experience of helping a client sell their business – combined with our many years of subsequent experience – has shaped this philosophy regarding valuation and its role in a successful sale process.

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

How does succession planning add value to my business? [template]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 28-Aug-2019 02:00:00

Succession planning is the process of identifying and developing internal staff who have the potential to fill key business leadership positions should existing leaders – including yourself – leave the business.

It’s about creating a back-up system for your people resource and it should start the minute you take on a business’ ownership, whether you buy it or start it from scratch.

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Topics: Business Value, Business Planning, Succession planning, business advice, Parramatta, Orange NSW

What are some 'rules of thumb' for valuing businesses? [Video}

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 21-Aug-2019 02:00:00

When it comes to valuing businesses – listed or private – you will often hear people refer to ‘rules of thumb’. 

Some will say the value of a business is:

  • ‘x times its revenue’ or
  • ‘x multiples of its earnings’ or
  • ‘a function of its after-tax profit’ or
  • ‘a function of its gross profit’ and so on.

These ‘rules of thumb’ tend to be industry based i.e. “a business in Industry A is worth ‘x’ times multiple of earnings” while “a business in Industry B is worth ‘x’ times revenue”. (I won’t repeat the actual ‘rules’ I’ve heard – I don’t want to encourage anyone to use them!) 

In this week's video I provide a practical example which illustrates why relying on rules of thumb is too simplistic when valuing complex businesses.

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Topics: Business Value, Video, business advice, Business valuation, Business advisor, business valuer, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Orange NSW

How to create staff training and PD plans [templates]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 21-Aug-2019 02:00:00

We all want competent, confident staff who feel fulfilled and motivated by their work – as we've discussed in previous blogs, it's a win-win that provides benefits for both the employer and employee.

Training and professional development is key to staff developing that competence and confidence, so this week we're inviting you to download our free JPAbusiness Staff Training Plan and Professional Development Plan templates.

Below are some example plans we have filled out to give you an idea of how the templates can be used in your business (just click on the images to view the full-sized documents).

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Topics: Template, business advice, professional development, Parramatta, Orange NSW, managing employees, staff training

How to choose the right business structure [eBook update]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 14-Aug-2019 02:00:00

A few years ago we were fortunate to have business consultant and management accountant Richard Cummins share his expertise in our free eBook, How to choose the right structure for your business.

Richard has kindly updated the eBook to reflect changes in tax policy in recent years – simply follow the links to download the updated version.

The eBook examines five topics:

  1. How to determine if your current business structure is the right one
  2. Tax and asset protection implications of different business structures
  3. Compliance, risk and governance implications of different business structures
  4. Future diversification and wealth development
  5. Succession and retirement.
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Topics: Business Structures, business advice, eBook, sole trader, tax minimisation, company, trust, asset protection, Parramatta, Orange NSW

How long does it take to buy a business? (Video)

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 14-Aug-2019 02:00:00

We have helped some clients find the right business within six months while, for other clients, it has taken over three years.

The key phrase is ‘the right business’; I’m sure we could speed up the process if our aim was just to help our clients buy ‘a’ business, but that’s not our job.

In this video I explain why it's important not to rush into buying a business, and share four tips for managing risk during the business buying process.

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Topics: Buying a business, Video, business advice, Business valuation, Business advisor, vendor due diligence, Parramatta, Orange NSW

When should I tell my staff I'm selling? (Video)

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 07-Aug-2019 02:00:00

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.

A pending sale can unsettle your team and, if it gets out in the market, it can cause difficulty with clients or suppliers.

In this video I share some strategies for sharing business sale plans with key staff:

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Topics: Video, staff management, business advice, selling a business, business basics, 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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