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

4 questions to ask when buying a franchise [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 27-Nov-2019 02:00:00

Buying a franchise may, on the surface, seem exactly the same as buying a business.

Principally they are the same, except with a franchise the brand and business operational model has been systematised.

While the operational and other support mechanisms that come with a franchise are appealing when compared to an independent business, it’s important to consider the additional requirements and costs you may have to meet.

The infographic below contains four key questions for people considering buying a franchise:

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Topics: Buying a business, Due diligence, infographic, Franchises, Starting a business, business advice, buying a franchise, Parramatta, Orange NSW

How our planning sheet can help business buyers [video]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 23-Oct-2019 02:00:00

Buying a business is a major investment and it can also be a very time-consuming activity.

In this video James explains how the Buying a Business Planning Sheet can help save time and also give direction to your purchase planning.

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Topics: Buying a business, Business Planning, Template, Video, business advice, Parramatta, Orange NSW

8 tips for conducting due diligence [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 09-Oct-2019 02:00:00

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

The over-riding purpose of due diligence is to ensure there are no nasty surprises after you buy a business.

We’ve created the following infographic to share some of our top tips for people embarking on the due diligence process.

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Topics: Buying a business, Due diligence, infographic, business advice, James Price, Parramatta, Orange NSW

What determines your Business Maintainable Earnings? [infographic]

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

When determining what a small to mid-sized business is worth, Business Maintainable Earnings (BME) is one of the key concepts the market will consider.

BME reflects the ability of a business to generate earnings into the future.

Remember, as a buyer you don’t want to pay for opportunity you will create in the future; unless there is a strategic element to the purchase, ideally you only want to pay for what has been built up by the vendor.

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Topics: Business Value, Buying a business, infographic, business advice, Business valuation, Business advisor, Business maintainable earnings, James Price, Parramatta, Orange NSW

Do you have what it takes to run a business? [infographic]

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

Before you spend months trawling through business advertising sites, trying to decide which business would best suit you, first consider whether you would suit business.

In this infographic we’ve summarised 10 attributes we tend to see in successful business people.

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Topics: Buying a business, infographic, Starting a business, business advice, business management, business ownership, Parramatta, Orange NSW

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

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

How NOT to manage a business ownership transfer

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

Value can be destroyed overnight if a business sale transfer goes wrong.

A few years back we published an eBook and checklist designed to help people manage this transfer process, after an experience I had while conducting due diligence for a client.

My client was in the process of purchasing a building products business in Queensland, which sold to both the trade market and retail customers.

Contracts had been exchanged and a deposit paid by my client, but the sale was subject to the outcome of my due diligence.

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Topics: Buying a business, Free download, Business transfer, Checklist, business advice, selling a business, JPAbusiness, 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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