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

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

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 is ‘discounted cash flow’ when valuing a business?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 08-May-2019 02:00:00

When advising clients looking to buy businesses, as well as running businesses, we use a number of different methodologies to assess value.

A business is a dynamic entity – a ‘going concern’ – so you can’t just value it at a point in time. You need to assess the level of cash flow it is generating today, and what you can expect it to generate into the future. You then need to assign a ‘present day value’ to those potential future cash flows. 

One way we do this is by using the discounted cash flow (DCF) valuation method.

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Topics: business advice, Business valuation, valuing a business, business basics, Parramatta, Orange NSW, discounted cash flow

What is an earnout or contingency payment?

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

Earnouts and contingency payments are typical features of business sales in the Australian, European and US corporate markets.

In our work in Australia, we are seeing them increasingly used in the small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) market and we’re often involved in structuring these deals, either from a purchaser’s or vendor’s side.

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, business advice, selling a business, seller earnouts, business basics, Parramatta, Orange NSW, contingency payment

When should I tell my staff I'm selling my business?

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

In assisting clients to prepare for a business sale process, we often get the question: When should I tell my staff I’m going to sell?

It’s an important issue because staff can significantly impact your business’ value, while selling can impact their lives.

The reality is there is no simple answer because every business is different.

A complex situation

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.

Continue reading...

Topics: staff management, business advice, selling a business, business basics, Parramatta, Orange NSW

How do I involve staff in an ownership position in my company?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 13-Mar-2019 02:00:00

There are a number of mechanisms to provide senior and key staff with a level of interest in your business over and above an employee status.

It’s often referred to as giving employees ‘skin in the game’ and it’s about aligning your objectives as a business owner and operator with your key people, so together you can achieve great things within the business.

There are a number of ways to align objectives between the parties, through both ownership and/or incentive arrangements without formal ownership:

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Topics: staff management, business advice, staff share plans, business basics, Parramatta, Orange NSW

What should my business be returning for my investment?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 06-Mar-2019 02:00:00

The business buyers and owners we work with in the SME market tend to target a return on investment in a range from 10 to 40%.

This range is influenced by factors such as:

  • industry prospects
  • competitive dynamics
  • points of difference
  • use of technology
  • delivery capability

...and a myriad of factors relating to the business model and specific enterprise.

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Topics: business advice, valuing a business, business basics, return on investment

What does 'due diligence' mean when buying a business?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 06-Feb-2019 02:00:00

Welcome to our latest ‘Business Basics’ blog in which we answer the question: What does ‘due diligence’ mean when buying a business?

In a nutshell, due diligence is defined as ‘the process of acquiring objective and reliable information on a … company as required, especially before a commercial acquisition’ [Macquarie Dictionary].

At JPAbusiness we regularly undertake due diligence for business-buying clients. The process involves checking and verifying information relating to the basic operations and performance of the business our client is considering buying.

Our role is to identify risks and issues, plus any material differences between what has been represented in information previously provided on the business, and what we identify in the due diligence process.

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Topics: Buying a business, Due diligence, business advice, business basics

 
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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