How to make sure you pay a fair price when buying a business

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 20-Oct-2021 02:00:00

In our experience, the risks associated with business purchases fall into three categories:

  1. People
  2. Customers, suppliers and market dynamics
  3. The value exchange.

In this blog we’re focusing on the third risk category, the value exchange, and how you can manage that risk.

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Topics: Business Value, Buying a business, Business maintainable earnings, risk management

How to avoid losing customers when buying a business

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 14-Jul-2021 02:00:00

There are a number of risks when buying a business and one of them relates to key customers taking flight in the early stage of the transfer.

In doing your due diligence it’s wise to look at customer concentration risk. Where you have a significant concentration of one or two customers, in particular, you should try and protect against that risk.

Here’s an example of how purchasers can use a ‘hard’ provision to protect against this risk in the final contract:

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Topics: Customers and Clients, Buying a business, Customers, selling a business, risk management, business sale

How to ensure you get good advice when buying a business [case study]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 19-May-2021 02:00:00

A few years ago we worked on a business sale transaction in which one side had far less robust advice than the other – you can guess which side was which!

Our client – the vendor – was selling a reasonably large, engineering-style business.

The purchaser – while a successful business operator – was not experienced at acquiring businesses and did not appear to have thought deeply about the sort of expertise they would need to advise and guide them.

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Topics: Buying a business, Case study, business broker, risk management, client case studies, business transaction advice

Don't let over-reliance on key personnel erode business value [video]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 31-Mar-2021 02:00:00

Many businesses, particularly small to mid-sized businesses, rely heavily on one or two key individuals for the business to operate.

These individuals are often the business owners and they may be reluctant to delegate control and decision making for a variety of reasons.

Whatever those reasons, the result is centralised decision making, knowledge and experience, which are not easily transferable in a business sale.

Ultimately, of course, that impacts business value – and not in a good way!

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Topics: Valuations, Exiting your business, Template, Video, Succession planning, Business valuation, risk management, succession, business succession, business value drivers

15 strategies to reduce employee fraud risk

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

Small businesses (under 100 employees) lose almost twice as much to occupational fraud – per case – as large businesses. [Source: ACFE Report to the Nations: 2018 Global study on occupational fraud and abuse]

And according to the PWC Global Economic Crime Survey 2016, seven out of 10 organisations believe the biggest driver of internal economic crime is opportunity.

What you can do

While business owners can’t do much about a fraudster’s personal drivers, we can definitely limit opportunities to commit employee crimes and create a work environment that actively discourages fraud.

Listed below are 15 strategies to minimise the risk of employee fraud occurring in your business.

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Topics: staff management, Checklist, Employee fraud, risk management, fraud prevention

4 ways to minimise risk when outsourcing [infographic]

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

Many businesses – including my own – have a ‘virtual team’ of service providers who work in concert with our regular team of in-office staff members.

We have created the following infographic based on our experience and that of our clients who also have valuable outsourcing partnerships.

Use these tips to help you enjoy the benefits of outsourcing, while avoiding some of the hazards.  

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Topics: Staff, infographic, outsourcing, risk management

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, Due diligence, Video, risk management

Do I need a business advisor? [Client case studies]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 17-Jul-2019 02:00:00

Whether or not you choose to engage the services of a business advisor is really up to you and your preferred mode of operating your business.

Obviously I believe there is value in seeking independent business advice; I think we’re all better decision makers if we’re able to test our propositions with someone who isn’t directly related to the issue at hand, but has relevant expertise.

In the blog I’m using examples from our own clients to show how independent advice is adding value in their businesses.

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Topics: Case study, staff management, risk management, strategic planning, client case studies

How to ensure you pay a fair price when buying a business

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 19-Jun-2019 02:00:00

In our experience, the risks associated with business purchases fall into three categories:

  1. People
  2. Customers, suppliers and market dynamics
  3. The value exchange.

In this blog we’re focusing on the third risk category, the value exchange, and how you can manage that risk.

Continue reading...

Topics: Business Value, Buying a business, Business valuation, market appraisal, risk management

 
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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