5 tips for business buyers [video]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 24-Feb-2021 02:00:00

The following video features 5 tips that will help you take a planned and measured approach to what may well be one of the biggest financial investments of your life.

They're each important in their own way, but I must admit Tip 2 – 'Have passion for the opportunity' – is a key one for me.

Owning a business can be difficult at times, but it's easier to withstand those challenges if you have a 'fire in your belly' for what you do.

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Topics: Buying a business, Business Planning, Video, business advice, Business valuation, Business advisor, James Price, valuing a business, Parramatta, Central West NSW, business sale transaction advisor, business value drivers

How to use succession planning to boost business value [template]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 10-Feb-2021 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, Template, Succession planning, business advice, Business advisor, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW, business succession, scorecard

How to avoid losing key staff when buying a business

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 03-Feb-2021 02:00:00

There are some common 'people-related' risks associated with business purchases, particularly in small to middle-sized businesses that are substantially dependent on an owner or a few senior employees for their success.

Two things can happen if those personnel aren’t retained in the business in an active way:

  • the business’ relationships with customers and suppliers may deteriorate; and
  • the employees’ know-how and corporate knowledge will be lost.

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Topics: Buying a business, Business transfer, staff management, business advice, Business advisor, business management, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW, business transaction advisor, human resources

How to conduct performance reviews with senior staff

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 27-Jan-2021 02:00:00

This blog is based on some questions I put together a while back for my senior staff to consider in advance of their Annual Performance Review discussions. We've updated the blog to include some COVID-19-specific questions.

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, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, COVID-19, coronavirus, Central West NSW

My 3 business lessons from 2020

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 23-Dec-2020 02:00:00

There are many ways to describe 2020 – most of them not fit for polite company – but today I’m looking on the bright side and seeing it as ‘a learning experience’.

I’ve come up with three lessons, based on our experiences and those of our clients.

First a little back story…

The business impacts of the pandemic first hit home for us on Friday the 13th of March.

We had a multi-million-dollar, multi-state transaction about to complete. The parties had exchanged contracts and were progressing with transition plans.

The stock market had just had a very volatile 24 hours, when the intending purchaser called me and said: “We think there is just too much uncertainty. To protect our business, our shareholders, our employees – we want to pull out.”

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Topics: business advice, Business advisor, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, COVID-19, coronavirus, Central West NSW, business sale, business sale transaction advisor, pandemic, flexible workplace, working from home

3 questions to ask when valuing a business [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 09-Dec-2020 02:00:00

Business valuation is not an exact science and nor is it a simple science. However there are some factors that should always be considered when assessing a business’ value.

They are:

  • repeatability of current earnings
  • availability of information on the business’ performance and business model
  • point of difference and competitive advantage.

We've created the following infographic to help you get started on assessing the value of a potential purchase opportunity.

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Topics: Business Value, Advice, BME, infographic, business advice, Business valuation, Business advisor, Business maintainable earnings, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, COVID-19, coronavirus, Central West NSW, business transaction advisor

How to access business finance during the pandemic

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 02-Dec-2020 02:00:00

Interest rates are at record lows in Australia right now and, to address the various impacts of COVID-19, the Commonwealth Government has introduced a number of programs to kick-start and boost the economy, including the Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme.

Some might argue there’s never been a better time to borrow money to invest and grow your business!

Launched in March, the SME Guarantee Scheme was designed to help otherwise viable SMEs weather the devastating impact of COVID-19 and rebuild for the future.

Phase I ran until September 30 and was not broadly taken up – less than $2 billion of the $40 billion allocated was approved for payment.

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Topics: Banks and lending, Cash flow, Working capital, business advice, James Price, finance, seeking finance, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, business finance, COVID-19, coronavirus, Central West NSW, pandemic

Why building sustainable business value is a marathon, not a sprint

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 25-Nov-2020 02:00:00

One of the lessons I’ve learnt over 35 years of running my own businesses – and also advising on and observing others – is that very little value is generated in a ‘fast foot race’.

Good things come from time, careful execution, trial and error, and patience.

I'm spending a few hours in the gym these days trying to tone and trim up a bit. As a tall guy who’s less than perfectly coordinated, there are some exercises that are a bit of a challenge – barbell squats for one. My form is not a picture of symmetry and grace.

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Topics: Business Value, Business Planning, Succession planning, business advice, Business valuation, Business advisor, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW, business transaction advisor, sustainable value, business sustainability

Capital gains tax when transferring a business to a family member

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 18-Nov-2020 02:00:00

The key CGT issue when transferring assets in a non-arm’s length transaction (i.e. the sale price may not be at fair market value) is the market value substitution rules.

These rules basically mean when you’re selling assets and the transfer is deemed to involve parties not acting on an arm’s length basis, then the CGT rules impose what would be a fair market value on the transaction.

[This information comes from our eBook: Capital Gains Tax 2.0 – Issues to consider when selling your business.]

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Topics: Family business, Capital gains tax, Succession planning, business advice, eBook, Business advisor, tax minimisation, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, taxation, Central West NSW, business succession

Tips for managing outsourcing partners and virtual teams (cheat sheet)

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 11-Nov-2020 02:00:00

This blog has been republished in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced many businesses to adopt a 'virtual team' approach to their workforce.

At JPAbusiness, we use our virtual team for roles such as marketing, legal and IT.

Of course, 'virtual teams’, ‘virtual resourcing’ and ‘contingent workforce’ are simply other ways of saying outsourcing. They’re modern terms, but their development is based on a very old business adage: do what you do well and rely on others for the rest.

Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are increasingly outsourcing to drive efficiencies, but managing virtual teams also presents some challenges. In the following cheat sheet we've provided 7 tips for managing outsourcing partnerships and virtual teams. 

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Topics: infographic, cheat sheet, outsourcing, virtual team, staff management, project management, business advice, Business advisor, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West 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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