How to think like a buyer when selling your business

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

When business owners come to see us, wanting to sell their business, we often get involved in providing ‘vendor due diligence’.

This basically involves us 'pretending' we're a buyer and has two main components:

1. Understanding what the business is really worth i.e. conducting an independent valuation or market appraisal

2. Understanding how the business appears to a potential purchaser.

That second component is the core part of vendor due diligence and involves looking at the business from a purchaser’s point of view:

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Topics: Selling your business, infographic, selling a business, Business valuation, vendor due diligence, business valuer

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

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 16-Oct-2019 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 of advising business sale clients.

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

Do I have to get a valuation before selling my business? [video]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 04-Sep-2019 02:00:00

The simple answer is ‘no’, you don’t need a valuation to sell a business.

However, in terms of engaging JPAbusiness to sell your business, the answer is ‘yes’: we always recommend clients have their businesses independently and professionally valued before they invest time and money in a sale process.

In this week's video I explain how our first experience of helping a client sell their business – combined with our many years of subsequent experience – has shaped this philosophy regarding valuation and its role in a successful sale process.

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Topics: Video, business advice, selling a business, Business valuation, Parramatta, Orange NSW

How do earnouts and contingency payments work in practice? [video]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 28-Aug-2019 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, selling a business, Business advisor, seller earnouts, Parramatta, Orange NSW, contingency payment

When should I tell my staff I'm selling? (Video)

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 07-Aug-2019 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: Video, staff management, business advice, selling a business, business basics, Parramatta, Orange NSW

How long does it take to sell a business? (Video)

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 31-Jul-2019 02:00:00

The time it takes to sell a business is heavily influenced by how prepared you and your business are for an open market, or trade, sale.

In this video I'm sharing 3 basic things you should have done before embarking on a sales process:

  1. Gathered and prepared some of the key information about your business that a purchaser will want to examine
  2. Sought independent advice on the market value of your business
  3. Sought professional advice on the potential tax and other implications of selling. 
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Topics: Selling your business, Business Planning, Video, Succession planning, business advice, selling a business, James Price, Parramatta, Orange NSW

3 pieces of financial info to share when selling a business [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 31-Jul-2019 02:00:00

We are often engaged by business buyers to assist them in undertaking due diligence on target businesses.

In the early stages of that process I often come across vendors who have an accountant, business broker or other advisor who is very coy about sharing what I would call basic financial information on the business.

If you are seeking a purchaser’s genuine offer on your business – whether non-binding or binding – at a minimum, you should be prepared to share the following:

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Topics: Selling your business, Advice, selling a business, Business advisor, James Price, Parramatta, Orange NSW, financials

How NOT to manage a business ownership transfer

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 10-Jul-2019 02:00:00

Value can be destroyed overnight if a business sale transfer goes wrong.

A few years back we published an eBook and checklist designed to help people manage this transfer process, after an experience I had while conducting due diligence for a client.

My client was in the process of purchasing a building products business in Queensland, which sold to both the trade market and retail customers.

Contracts had been exchanged and a deposit paid by my client, but the sale was subject to the outcome of my due diligence.

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Topics: Buying a business, Free download, Business transfer, Checklist, business advice, selling a business, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Orange NSW

How can a broker add value when selling a business?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 26-Jun-2019 02:00:00

You don’t need a broker to sell a business, but having a good broker or experienced advisor to assist you can add value at a number of points along the selling process.

In this blog we’re going to examine four elements of selling a business and show how a good broker can provide additional value at those stages:

  1. Determining what the business is worth
  2. Preparing the business for sale
  3. Describing the business opportunity to prospective purchasers
  4. Progressing the sales process.

We've also included a number of client examples to illustrate how this works in practice.

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Topics: selling a business, Business advisor, business broker, valuing a business, business basics, Parramatta, Orange NSW

 
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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