14 ways to control cash flow and maintain liquidity [cheat sheet]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 20-May-2020 02:00:00

[This blog has been republished in the wake of COVID-19 developments, as having the liquidity necessary to continue operating effectively is critical in these times.]

As business valuers and brokers, and in advising clients on business performance and financing, there is a critical thing we look for: liquidity.

Liquidity is effectively how much cash a business generates and how stable and frequent that generation is. That ability to generate cash is a critical component of business value.

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Topics: Advice, Cash flow, Working capital, Running your business, cheat sheet, Business advisor, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Orange NSW, COVID-19, coronavirus, liquidity

Video: Working capital - what your financier needs to know (Part II)

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 06-May-2020 02:00:00

This week we're sharing Part II of our video series on how to communicate with your bank, financier or investors, and what pieces of information to share, if you’re looking to secure funding in the current environment.

The goal is to ensure your financier has a clear understanding of how your business is tracking, so they can feel confident in supporting you.

Last week we focused on profit and loss information. This week's video details the critical elements of working capital you need to share with your financier.

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

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 a valuation can be used to add value to a business [video]

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

Business owners often seek a business valuation after being prompted to do so by a 'significant event’, for example:

  • a family break-up
  • retirement
  • need for business restructuring
  • bank lending requirement
  • purchase offer
  • bringing in a new shareholder or partner, and so on.

In this video I explain how valuation can actually be used as an ongoing management tool, adding value while you’re running the business and also potentially boosting value on exit.

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Topics: Business Value, Valuations, Exiting your business, Video, Business advisor, business management, growth strategies, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta

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

Parramatta new home base for JPAbusiness

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 18-Mar-2020 02:00:00

Last year we told you about our move to Parramatta in Western Sydney. Well, it’s been just over 12 months and we’re loving it!

It’s now time for us to consolidate our physical footprint within one office, which will be the Parramatta office. As a result, we have closed our Orange office, but our corporate address and roots remain firmly in the central west, at Blayney, NSW.

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Topics: business advice, selling a business, Business valuation, Business advisor, business valuer, running a business, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta

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

How to show your bank you're a sure thing [infographic]

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

When considering whether to ‘take a risk’ on your business and fund it, a bank or financier will usually focus on three S’s:

  • Servicing
  • Security
  • Surety.

The infographic below sets out 7 factors which contribute to your ‘surety’ in the eyes of a bank or other financier:

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Topics: Banks and lending, business advice, James Price, seeking finance, Parramatta, Orange NSW, business finance

 
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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