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

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

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

How do I start a business?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 05-Jun-2019 02:00:00

Preparation is key when it comes to starting a business and, thanks to the wonders of the internet, there is no shortage of easily accessible resources to guide you in the early planning stages.

For example, the Australian Government’s business.gov.au site has a handy Starting a business guide which covers everything from understanding the difference between a business and a hobby, for tax purposes, to how to apply for a trademark.

We’ve also created free resources for readers who are considering ‘going out on their own’:

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Topics: Business Structures, Starting a business, business advice, Business advisor, Parramatta, Orange NSW

How to keep key staff when buying a business

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 29-May-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 examining how to manage the 'people risks' of a purchase.

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Topics: Buying a business, staff management, business advice, Business advisor, business management, Parramatta, Orange NSW

How competitive advantage contributes to 'strategic value'

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 22-May-2019 02:00:00

Competitive advantage occurs when you as a business do something better than anyone else and it is hard for other businesses to quickly and easily replicate that offering.

There are degrees of competitive advantage and, in terms of strategic valueyour competitive advantage has to be something a potential purchaser will value.

(Quick reminder: strategic value is the value a purchaser is willing to pay for a business, over and above what an impartial business valuer might determine is 'fair market value'.)

For example, you may say ‘we sell more air conditioners than anyone else because of our unique customer relationship management approach’. That’s great, but are you achieving reasonable margins on those sales? If the answer is ‘no’, there is no value being created, strategic or otherwise.

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Topics: strategic value, business advice, Business advisor, business valuer, Parramatta, Orange NSW, competitive advantage

5 tips for selling a business [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 22-May-2019 02:00:00

The infographic below is based on lessons learned during a sale we facilitated for a client.

During the sale process our client showed how listening to market feedback and being responsive and flexible can deliver an acceptable outcome.

As we often say, selling is a dynamic process – it's not a 'set and forget' where you get your valuation, list the business for sale at that price, and away it goes.

In this case, the vendor achieved a satisfactory sale by applying each of the five guidelines outlined in the infographic.

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Topics: infographic, business advice, selling a business, Business advisor, Parramatta, Orange NSW

How to choose a business broker [video]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 01-May-2019 02:00:00

When choosing a broker to help sell your business, there are three key elements to look for:

  1. Experience in your industry and in selling businesses of your size and ‘shape’
  2. Project management expertise
  3. Communication skills.
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Topics: Selling your business, Advice, Video, Business advisor, business broker, Parramatta, Orange NSW

3 first steps when selling a business [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 01-May-2019 02:00:00

Selling a business should not be like exploring an uncharted continent.

When embarking on a business sale you’re not just taking yourself, but you must also bring along your business partners, staff and advisors for the journey. It’s a massive undertaking and not one to be entered into lightly.

Don’t go exploring on a business sale unless you at least know where you want to end up.

This week's infographic is for those just setting out on the business sale journey, and step 1 is about being honest with yourself regarding why you're on this journey to help you determine where you need to go. 

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Topics: Selling your business, infographic, selling a business, Business valuation, Business advisor, Business selling, business broker, Parramatta, Orange NSW

5 issues to be aware of when planning a joint venture [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 24-Apr-2019 02:00:00

If you are considering entering into a joint venture, we have created the following infographic to help you.

The infographic lists five issues to be aware of and which should be raised with all parties early in the planning and negotiation stages. 

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Topics: Shareholders, infographic, business advice, Business advisor, shareholders agreement, joint venture, 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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