7 golden rules for a successful hire [video]

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

Great staff are critical to our success as business owners and managers, but finding and keeping the right people is an ongoing challenge for many businesses.

Unfortunately we can't conjure appropriately trained staff out of the air for our clients and subscribers, but we can provide advice to make the recruitment process as successful as possible.

In this video I outline our 7 'golden rules' for successful hiring.

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Topics: Employment and recruitment, Advice, infographic, cheat sheet, Video, staff management, Business advisor, staff recruitment, hiring staff

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 do earnouts and contingency payments work in practice? [video]

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

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, selling a business, Business advisor, seller earnouts, Parramatta, Orange NSW, contingency payment

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 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

3 pieces of financial info to share when selling a business [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 31-Jul-2019 02:00:00

We are often engaged by business buyers to assist them in undertaking due diligence on target businesses.

In the early stages of that process I often come across vendors who have an accountant, business broker or other advisor who is very coy about sharing what I would call basic financial information on the business.

If you are seeking a purchaser’s genuine offer on your business – whether non-binding or binding – at a minimum, you should be prepared to share the following:

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Topics: Selling your business, Advice, selling a business, Business advisor, James Price, Parramatta, Orange NSW, financials

Do I need a business advisor? [Client case studies]

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

Whether or not you choose to engage the services of a business advisor is really up to you and your preferred mode of operating your business.

Obviously I believe there is value in seeking independent business advice; I think we’re all better decision makers if we’re able to test our propositions with someone who isn’t directly related to the issue at hand, but has relevant expertise.

In the blog I’m using examples from our own clients to show how independent advice is adding value in their businesses.

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Topics: staff management, business advice, Business advisor, risk management, strategic planning, business basics, Parramatta, Orange NSW, client case studies

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

 
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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