Staff training and PD plans – why you need to think about them now [templates]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 29-Jul-2020 02:00:00

As we head into an uncertain FY20/21 business owners and managers may be tempted to think now is not the time to prioritise staff professional development needs. I believe the opposite is true.

One of the key elements of your business proposition – large or small – is your team, and they’re going through the same anxiety you are. The COVID-19 crisis is impacting their professional lives, personal lives, physical and mental wellbeing, just as it is yours.

Even though you may be struggling simply to pay wages, the last thing you want is to lose good people, whether you lose them physically, or in the sense that they become disengaged as a result of their anxiety about the current environment.

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Topics: Template, business advice, business management, staff performance, running a business, professional development, Parramatta, staff wellbeing, managing employees, staff training, COVID-19, coronavirus, Central West NSW

My predictions for what work will look like post-coronavirus

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 13-May-2020 02:00:00

The novel coronavirus has brought many changes to the way we work, but are these changes just a temporary blip, or here to stay? And if they are here to stay, what will our workplaces of the future look like?

Here are some of my predictions for what work will look like in the post-COVID-19 world:

  • Video will be the go-to mode of first communication.

  • Travel budgets will be dramatically reduced – physical travel and face-to-face meetings will be reserved for essentials (i.e. key client meetings, business development).
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Topics: staff performance, running a business, small business, business basics, Parramatta, staff wellbeing, managing employees, COVID-19, business strategy, coronavirus, scenario planning

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

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

How to build value by starting succession planning early [cheat sheet]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 12-Feb-2020 02:00:00

The following cheat sheet contains 6 succession strategies you can start employing in your business today.

Adopting these strategies will help future-proof your business for when and if you decide to take up an exit opportunity, or relinquish operational involvement in your business.

It’s never too early to start thinking about your succession plan and developing the skills of your team and business capability.

If you future-proof your business in this way, the business should thrive even if you’re not there, and the market should reward you.

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Topics: infographic, cheat sheet, Template, Succession planning, staff management, business advice, business management, business ownership, business valuer, running a business, small business

What is succession planning?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 28-Nov-2018 02:00:00

Many people think of succession planning as an old person’s problem – something you do once you decide to exit your business. This is far from the truth, although it's not surprising the misconception exists. 

In planning this blog I conducted a quick Google search of the question 'what is succession planning?' to test the common perceptions. The first result (from an Australian government website!) provided the following answer: "succession, or exit plan outlines the things you will do when you sell, close or transfer ownership of your business."

I beg to differ. Succession planning should not be something you do when it's time to exit: it is a young person’s pathway to building a valuable business.

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Topics: Succession planning, staff management, business advice, business management, business ownership, running a business, small business

Should I buy or start a business? [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 26-Sep-2018 02:00:00

Many people feel they should ‘aspire to something more’ than being an employee i.e. owning their own business. As I've often said, business ownership is only the right environment for some people, and for many of those it is only the right environment at the right time.

In our eBook, Pros and cons of owning your own business, I told my own story of what it was like to start my business 17 years ago. Despite being highly motivated to create something of my own, and very confident that I 'knew my stuff', it was still very challenging, particularly in the first year.

Do you have the right personal qualities?

There are many factors that contribute to a person’s success in business, but the following four personality types – or personal attributes – often seem to manifest themselves in successful business owners:

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Topics: Buying a business, infographic, business advice, running a business

5 fundamentals of running a business [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 15-Aug-2018 02:00:00

There are 5 key business fundamentals a business owner or senior manager needs to grasp in order to run a business for optimum performance.

The following information is a distillation of the things many of our best clients do on any given day of the week, presented here as a simple infographic.

These fundamentals are not necessarily sequential, instead they often overlap and run in parallel, and also inform and interact.

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Topics: Business Value, infographic, business advice, running a business

What if I don't want a succession plan?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 06-Jun-2018 02:00:00

When you think about succession planning and creating a ‘back-up’ for your business, you first need to ask: is it relevant for me?

Some businesses are reliant on the owner almost exclusively and the owner decides that’s how they want it. They are taking the risk, so they prefer to drive, manage and control the business themselves.

There is nothing wrong with that; business succession is not something that needs to be forced on everyone.

However, there are consequences.

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Topics: Succession planning, business advice, Business advisor, business management, running a business

 
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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