Tips for managing outsourcing partners and virtual teams (cheat sheet)

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 11-Nov-2020 02:00:00

This blog has been republished in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced many businesses to adopt a 'virtual team' approach to their workforce.

At JPAbusiness, we use our virtual team for roles such as marketing, legal and IT.

Of course, 'virtual teams’, ‘virtual resourcing’ and ‘contingent workforce’ are simply other ways of saying outsourcing. They’re modern terms, but their development is based on a very old business adage: do what you do well and rely on others for the rest.

Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are increasingly outsourcing to drive efficiencies, but managing virtual teams also presents some challenges. In the following cheat sheet we've provided 7 tips for managing outsourcing partnerships and virtual teams. 

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Topics: infographic, cheat sheet, outsourcing, virtual team, staff management, project management, business advice, Business advisor, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW

Do I have to pay GST to buy or sell a business?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 04-Nov-2020 02:00:00

When working with clients who are either buying or selling businesses, we’re often asked: ‘Will I have to pay GST?’

The short answer, according to the Australian Tax Office (ATO), is:

No GST is payable on the sale of a going concern if certain conditions are met. (A ‘going concern’ is a business that is operating and making a profit.) However, as the seller, you may be able to claim input tax credits for GST you paid on expenses relating to the sale.

Of course, it’s never as simple as one paragraph when it comes to tax, so we’ve asked our business analyst Shirley Jin, who is also a CPA, to clarify those ‘certain conditions’ mentioned, and when you can and can’t claim input tax credits for GST paid on sale expenses.

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Topics: Buying a business, business advice, selling a business, Business advisor, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, taxation, GST, Central West NSW, business sale, business sale transaction advisor, tax advice

How to use the Business Health Check [video]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 28-Oct-2020 02:00:00

The JPAbusiness Business Health Check template asks you to rate your business’ performance against 15 health factors, with an explanation of key considerations for each. It also provides some suggestions for how you may improve the health of your business, based on your score.

JPAbusiness has been conducting Business Health Checks for clients for over 18 years. In this video James explains how the Business Health Check serves as a diagnostic tool for uncovering a business' weaknesses, while also identifying its strengths.

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Topics: Business Planning, Template, Video, business advice, Business advisor, Business health check, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW, diagnostic tool

How to talk with family about succession and estate planning

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 21-Oct-2020 02:00:00

When it comes to succession and estate planning, it’s never too early to start thinking – and talking – about it.

However, some business owners prefer not to confront their own mortality and just continue on running their business while avoiding thinking about, or planning for, the inevitable i.e. their ‘exit’. This creates the perfect environment for conflict among those left behind.

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Topics: Business Planning, Succession planning, business advice, Business advisor, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, estate planning, Central West NSW, business succession

How to improve your cash flow with suppliers [video]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 07-Oct-2020 02:00:00

Cash flow is the lifeblood of a business and careful cash flow management has never been more important than it is today.

From a day-to-day point of view, the more cash surplus in your business, the more value in your pocket. Having surplus cash that can be used as working capital also gives your business more options to grow, invest and change.

Taking the longer-term perspective, ability to generate cash is a critical component when it comes to determining the value of the business should you wish to exit. 

In this video I'm focusing on how you can improve your cash flow through your dealings with suppliers.

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Topics: Cash flow, Video, Suppliers, business advice, Business advisor, managing suppliers, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW, liquidity, business transaction advisor, cashflow management

8 due diligence tips for business buyers [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 30-Sep-2020 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, Business advisor, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW, business buyer, business transaction advisor

3 tasks before you interview [video]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 23-Sep-2020 02:00:00

When hiring new staff there are a number of issues that need to be dealt with by a business owner or senior manager before a recruitment interview process begins. It’s much harder to retrofit this important information into a recruitment process after the fact.

In the following video I list 3 key tasks you should undertake before you begin the interview process.

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Topics: infographic, Video, staff management, business advice, Business advisor, staff recruitment, hiring staff, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW

When should I tell my team I'm selling? [Video]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 09-Sep-2020 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: Selling your business, Video, staff management, business advice, selling a business, Business advisor, James Price, JPAbusiness, business basics, Parramatta, Central West NSW

How do earnouts and contingency payments work? [video]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 02-Sep-2020 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, Capital gains tax, business advice, selling a business, Business advisor, James Price, seller earnouts, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, contingency payment, Central West NSW, transaction advice, business sale transaction advisor

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, Exiting your business, strategic value, business advice, Business valuation, Business advisor, Business selling, business broker, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW, succession, business sale, exit strategy

 
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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