How to conduct performance reviews with senior staff

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 27-Jan-2021 02:00:00

This blog is based on some questions I put together a while back for my senior staff to consider in advance of their Annual Performance Review discussions. We've updated the blog to include some COVID-19-specific questions.

We have discussed the mechanics of the performance review process in previous blogs, and a key theme was that reviews are ‘a two-way street’.

Senior staff members bring considerable experience and insight to your business so you need to ensure you use the review event as an opportunity to tap into those insights for the benefit of your business, as well as the individuals involved.

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Topics: staff management, business advice, Business culture, business management, staff performance, performance review, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, COVID-19, coronavirus, Central West NSW

How to be a great leader

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 13-Jan-2021 02:00:00

This blog comes from our eBook Surfer dudes, janitors and the Ritz-Carlton: Lessons in leadership and business culture.

Management consultant Kevin Catlin from Insight Strategies, Inc. generously shared three of his past blogs in the eBook, along with some updated comments at the end of each one.

We hope you enjoy the insights of this inspirational communicator and leadership expert.

 

'You can do better': the power of feedback

By Kevin Catlin
Insight Strategies, Inc.

I joined the army in July of 1976 but had to wait four months to turn 18 before I could be shipped off to basic. I was not a great soldier...

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Topics: staff management, Business culture, staff performance, leadership, James Price, guest blogger, JPAbusiness, feedback, Parramatta, team building, Central West NSW, managing staff

My 3 business lessons from 2020

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

There are many ways to describe 2020 – most of them not fit for polite company – but today I’m looking on the bright side and seeing it as ‘a learning experience’.

I’ve come up with three lessons, based on our experiences and those of our clients.

First a little back story…

The business impacts of the pandemic first hit home for us on Friday the 13th of March.

We had a multi-million-dollar, multi-state transaction about to complete. The parties had exchanged contracts and were progressing with transition plans.

The stock market had just had a very volatile 24 hours, when the intending purchaser called me and said: “We think there is just too much uncertainty. To protect our business, our shareholders, our employees – we want to pull out.”

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Topics: business advice, Business advisor, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, COVID-19, coronavirus, Central West NSW, business sale, business sale transaction advisor, pandemic, flexible workplace, working from home

Top 10 do’s and don’ts of selling a business [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 16-Dec-2020 02:00:00

Planning, professional marketing, timing and finding the right match regarding value and terms are just some of the ingredients that go to making a successful business sale.

The following infographic is a distillation of lessons we've learned over many years as business sale transaction advisors.

Use these tips to help you make the right decisions when preparing your business for sale.

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Topics: Selling your business, Advice, Business Planning, infographic, selling a business, Business advisor, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW, business sale, business sale transaction advisor

3 questions to ask when valuing a business [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 09-Dec-2020 02:00:00

Business valuation is not an exact science and nor is it a simple science. However there are some factors that should always be considered when assessing a business’ value.

They are:

  • repeatability of current earnings
  • availability of information on the business’ performance and business model
  • point of difference and competitive advantage.

We've created the following infographic to help you get started on assessing the value of a potential purchase opportunity.

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Topics: Business Value, Advice, BME, infographic, business advice, Business valuation, Business advisor, Business maintainable earnings, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, COVID-19, coronavirus, Central West NSW, business transaction advisor

How to access business finance during the pandemic

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

Interest rates are at record lows in Australia right now and, to address the various impacts of COVID-19, the Commonwealth Government has introduced a number of programs to kick-start and boost the economy, including the Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme.

Some might argue there’s never been a better time to borrow money to invest and grow your business!

Launched in March, the SME Guarantee Scheme was designed to help otherwise viable SMEs weather the devastating impact of COVID-19 and rebuild for the future.

Phase I ran until September 30 and was not broadly taken up – less than $2 billion of the $40 billion allocated was approved for payment.

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Topics: Banks and lending, Cash flow, Working capital, business advice, James Price, finance, seeking finance, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, business finance, COVID-19, coronavirus, Central West NSW, pandemic

Why building sustainable business value is a marathon, not a sprint

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

One of the lessons I’ve learnt over 35 years of running my own businesses – and also advising on and observing others – is that very little value is generated in a ‘fast foot race’.

Good things come from time, careful execution, trial and error, and patience.

I'm spending a few hours in the gym these days trying to tone and trim up a bit. As a tall guy who’s less than perfectly coordinated, there are some exercises that are a bit of a challenge – barbell squats for one. My form is not a picture of symmetry and grace.

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Topics: Business Value, Business Planning, Succession planning, business advice, Business valuation, Business advisor, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW, business transaction advisor, sustainable value, business sustainability

Capital gains tax when transferring a business to a family member

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

The key CGT issue when transferring assets in a non-arm’s length transaction (i.e. the sale price may not be at fair market value) is the market value substitution rules.

These rules basically mean when you’re selling assets and the transfer is deemed to involve parties not acting on an arm’s length basis, then the CGT rules impose what would be a fair market value on the transaction.

[This information comes from our eBook: Capital Gains Tax 2.0 – Issues to consider when selling your business.]

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Topics: Family business, Capital gains tax, Succession planning, business advice, eBook, Business advisor, tax minimisation, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, taxation, Central West NSW, business succession

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

 
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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