How to use the Business Transfer Checklist [Free template]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 02-Jan-2022 13:37:44

There are many important issues a vendor needs to deal with in the transfer process leading up to a business sale settlement.

The last thing anyone wants is a handover whereby business performance is negatively impacted by transfer issues not planned out ahead of time and dealt with appropriately. These issues may include:

  • staff entitlements and employment contracts
  • managing key customer and supplier relationships and communication
  • transfer of registrations and insurances on P&E
  • work in progress
  • final stocktake
  • premises lease transfer.
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Topics: Buying a business, Selling your business, Business transfer, Checklist, selling a business, business buying, Business selling

How to do 'vendor due diligence' when selling a business [checklist]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 28-Jul-2021 02:00:00

When business owners come to see us, wanting to sell their business, we often get involved in providing what we term ‘vendor due diligence’.

When conducting vendor due diligence for clients, our role is basically to ‘pretend’ we are the buyer.

We look at a range of business health factors including:

  • financial performance
  • business performance
  • staff and organisational aspects
  • contracts, systems and suppliers
  • how the business creates and drives value in terms of its point of difference in the market
  • forward order book i.e. the pipeline, to understand the true nature of the business as a going concern
  • how exposed the business might be to individuals or particular customers or suppliers.
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Topics: Selling your business, Template, Checklist, selling a business, Business selling, vendor due diligence, business sale

Do I need a valuation before selling a business? [video]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 26-Aug-2020 02:00:00

The simple answer is ‘no’, you don’t need a valuation to sell a business.

However, in terms of engaging JPAbusiness to sell your business, the answer is ‘yes’: we always recommend clients have their businesses independently and professionally valued before they invest time and money in a sale process.

In this video I explain how our first experience of helping a client sell their business – combined with our many years of subsequent experience – has shaped this philosophy regarding valuation and its role in a successful sale process.

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Topics: Business Value, Case study, Video, selling a business, Business valuation, Business selling, client case studies

How to prepare your business for sale [eBook]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 19-Aug-2020 02:00:00

In a perfect world, business owners would be preparing their businesses for sale from the moment they established or purchased them. For example:

  • important business structures, systems and processes would be carefully devised and executed from day one;
  • succession plans would be in place and understood by senior members of the team;
  • clearly worded partnership agreements would reduce the chance of misunderstandings on exit, and so on…
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Topics: Selling your business, Checklist, eBook, selling a business, Business selling, vendor due diligence, business sale

Mapping a path to a multi-million-dollar sale [client case study]

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

We recently helped facilitate the sale of a client’s business for twice its assessed value – a value we had independently appraised!

The valuation was based on the business’ sales performance, its recent past earnings, our assessment of the repeatability of those earnings given internal and external business health factors, and the assignment of a multiple of earnings.

So, how did the business owner achieve a sale price that so far outstripped our initial valuation?

The short answer is that he had an open mind and was willing to work with us to explore all options for exit.

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Topics: Selling your business, Case study, Exiting your business, strategic value, Business valuation, Business selling, client case studies, succession, business sale, exit strategy

Why good information is critical when selling a business [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 12-Feb-2020 02:00:00

When selling a business, it's important to put yourself in the position of a buyer.

Ask yourself: 'If I was considering buying this business, what would I want – and need – to know in order to make an informed decision about the opportunity?'

As advisors, we understand that good information on a business opportunity is critical to a successful sale.

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Topics: Business Value, Selling your business, infographic, Checklist, Business selling

Do I have to get a valuation before selling my business? [video]

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

The simple answer is ‘no’, you don’t need a valuation to sell a business.

However, in terms of engaging JPAbusiness to sell your business, the answer is ‘yes’: we always recommend clients have their businesses independently and professionally valued before they invest time and money in a sale process.

In this week's video I explain how our first experience of helping a client sell their business – combined with our many years of subsequent experience – has shaped this philosophy regarding valuation and its role in a successful sale process.

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Topics: Video, selling a business, Business valuation, Business selling, business valuer, sales advice

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 selling

5 tools to help seal the deal when selling a business [cheat sheet]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 20-Mar-2019 02:00:00

Over the past few years we’ve produced a number of resources to help our readers and clients navigate the business sale journey.

For the record, Step 1 of selling is always the same: Ask yourself ‘what is my objective in selling?’ Why you are selling needs to be very clear in your mind, and the minds of your spouse, shareholders, business partners and so on, in order to set yourself up for a successful sale.

At the other end of the selling process is ‘sealing the deal’ and this is not without its challenges. The cheat sheet below introduces some of the tools we use to manage information flows during the detailed due diligence process and, ultimately, seal the deal.

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Topics: Selling your business, Due diligence, cheat sheet, selling a business, Business selling, business value drivers

How poor information hurts a business sale [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 04-Apr-2018 02:00:00

When selling your business, it's important to put yourself in the position of a buyer.

Ask yourself: 'If I was considering buying this business, what would I want – and need – to know in order to make an informed decision about the opportunity?'

As advisors, we understand that good information on a business opportunity is critical to a successful sale.

Continue reading...

Topics: Selling your business, infographic, selling a business, Business selling, business sale advice

 
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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