How to protect your business during the pandemic [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 05-Aug-2020 02:00:00

 

 

In mid-April we published an infographic detailing our expectations around the business activities we would all need to engage in following the initial impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

The three phases of activity we expected to follow the initial impact were: survival, protection and emergence.

Our take was that if you want to stand a chance of getting out of crisis mode and through to the other side, intact and ready for a viable future, you need to explicitly understand each phase and work your business, strategies and decisions within their constraints and conditions. 

For most of our clients and other businesses, with the exception of those significantly impacted by the ‘Stage 4’ lockdown announced this week for metropolitan Melbourne, we’re currently in the ‘protection' phase of our predicted timeline. We thought this might be a useful time to publish a reminder of what we believe businesses should be considering at this time.

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Topics: Business Planning, infographic, business advice, Business advisor, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, cash flow management, COVID-19, business strategy, coronavirus, scenario planning

Video: Tips for seeking finance during the COVID-19 crisis

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 29-Apr-2020 02:00:00

This week we’ve created a two-part video series offering advice on how to communicate with your bank, financier or investors, and what pieces of information to share, if you’re looking to secure funding and ongoing support in the current environment.

In last week’s video I mentioned that smart business owners are using this time to ask tough questions, including: “What is the best balance sheet and funding structure for my business, going forward?”

As I said then, the smart businesses – even if their balance sheets are quite strong and they have funding lines – are talking openly to their financiers, sharing re-forecasts and securing extra funding lines, just in case things become more difficult over the next 6–12 months.

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Topics: Business Planning, Banks and lending, Banking, business advice, Business advisor, running a business, James Price, seeking finance, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, business finance, business strategy

Video: How COVID-19 is impacting different elements of business

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 22-Apr-2020 02:00:00

In this video I’ve discussed how the COVID-19 situation is impacting different elements of business and the Australian economy.

I’ve used the video to share my analysis, as well as some of our clients’ feedback, on the following questions and issues:

  • Will people want to buy and sell businesses in this market? If ‘yes’, how will those deals be financed?
  • Taking the leap into online – finding the ‘upside’ of social distancing
  • Virus driving ‘Uber-style’ disruption in commercial property market – what’s the outlook post-crisis?
  • Clients taking advantage of potential positive environment for succession
  • What tough decisions should we be making in our businesses at this time?
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Topics: Business Planning, business advice, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, cash flow management, COVID-19, business strategy, coronavirus, scenario planning

How to move from COVID-19 crisis mode to long-term business survival [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 15-Apr-2020 02:00:00

Over the past few weeks we’ve published a number of COVID-19 related blogs to assist our readers in navigating the new and emerging business landscape.

Like most people, we didn’t see the new coronavirus coming, so the blogs and resources we’ve shared have been a result of pretty ‘on the fly’ thinking about how we could best support you.

This week we’ve consolidated those resources into a presentation format to show you how they tie in together and can be used in your business.

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Topics: Business Planning, infographic, business advice, Business advisor, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, cash flow management, COVID-19, business strategy, coronavirus, scenario planning

Use our scenario planning guide to help your business survive the shutdown

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 01-Apr-2020 02:00:00

As business owners and managers trying to operate in these extraordinary and uncharted times, my advice is to hope for the best and plan for the worst.

Because we don’t know when things will turn around and there’s so much uncertainty, it’s easy to say it’s all too hard to do meaningful business planning. I beg to disagree!

Now is just the time to do some straight-forward scenario planning, along with risk assessments and identifying critical strategic and operational priorities.

In this blog we’re sharing a series of questions and suggested actions to help guide you through that process.

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Topics: Business Planning, business advice, Business advisor, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, cash flow management, COVID-19, business strategy, coronavirus, scenario planning

COVID-19 business survival guide – practical tips for you and your business

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

The experts tell us it could be 12–18 months before a vaccine for COVID-19 is found and made universally available.

So, while we can hope for a lesser period, we probably need to plan for uncertainty to continue over this time frame. And remember, the vaccine will only deal with the health and wellbeing aspects of the crisis. What about the lingering economic and social impacts of a world and global economy shifting down? What about the impact on your business? What should you be prioritising today?

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Topics: Business Planning, business advice, Business advisor, James Price, strategic planning, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, COVID-19, business strategy, coronavirus

5 tips for buying a business [video]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 26-Feb-2020 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 advisor, Parramatta, Orange NSW

Create an Annual Business Plan with our free template

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 05-Feb-2020 02:00:00

Business planning is about making your business as robust as possible, so it can take advantage of opportunities and also successfully withstand inevitable shocks.

Annual business plans don’t have to be weighty documents, but they do need to contain some key information, with the most important being:

  • frank and honest appraisal of resources
  • analysis of your competitive environment
  • SWOT analysis
  • targets
  • budget.
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Topics: Free download, Business Planning, Template, Succession planning, Business advisor, business management, Parramatta, Orange NSW

Don't rush it – 3 questions to consider before buying a business

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

Whether we’re assisting a client to buy a business, providing advice or due diligence, or fielding enquiries on businesses we’re marketing for sale, one of the first things I tell people is that the price of the business should not be their primary concern.

Now that sounds a bit strange, I know, because price is obviously important –  it would be silly to enquire about a business worth $5 million, for example, when you have $500,000 maximum to invest.

But, and I’m very serious about this, I believe you should set the price of the business aside in your initial discussions and investigations, and consider the following questions first:

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Topics: Buying a business, Advice, Business Planning, infographic, Starting a business, Business advisor, Parramatta, Orange NSW

Video: How to create an Annual Business Plan

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

The annual business planning process should address three critical questions about your business:

  1. Where is the business now?
  2. Where do we want the business to be in the future?
  3. How are we going to marshal the resources we have, and which we can influence, to get there?

In this video I list four aspects of your business which you need to consider during the annual business planning process – Operational, Financial, Risks, People management – and drill down a little into some issues you should cover under each of those four elements.

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Topics: Business Planning, Video, business advice, Business advisor, James Price, strategic planning, annual business plan, 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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