A practical guide for setting up a small business [eBook]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 21-Apr-2021 02:00:00

JPAbusiness works with many well-established private businesses, large and small, across a range of industries. However, from time to time, we also assist clients who are just beginning their business journey.

These clients may be coming from an employed environment and have been working on a ‘side hustle that has grown well beyond their expectations.

Or they simply decide to go into business via a new opportunity or venture, or acquire an existing business and either have it managed, or work in it directly.

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Topics: Business Planning, business advice, eBook, Business advisor, business ownership, James Price, small business, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW, entrepreneur

Due diligence warning signs [video]

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

When it comes to buying a business, it’s generally advisable to conduct a thorough due diligence on the purchase opportunity.

Due diligence is designed to identify any material issues which are likely to impact the value proposition of the business opportunity you are considering. It's usually conducted once you've secured a binding position on price a position which may be subject to your detailed due diligence.

Every due diligence is different, and should be treated as such, but – as I outline in this video – there are some warning signs you should watch out for in any due diligence process.

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Topics: Buying a business, Advice, Due diligence, Template, Video, Business advisor, business broker, James Price, small business, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW, business buyer, business transaction advisor, due diligence checklist

How to value your own business

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 17-Feb-2021 02:00:00

I had a chat with a prospective client the other day – a young guy in his mid-20s, with a business partner – who has embarked on starting a technology and communications business from scratch after graduating from university.

We were talking about a meeting I had had the previous day with a business owner who had started their business 30-plus years ago, and who is now aged in their 60s.

I recalled how I met up with this business owner to talk about sale, succession and business value, and, unfortunately, my assessment was that their wholesale industrial products distribution business was going to be very hard to ‘sell for value’ because of various factors.

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Topics: Business Value, Business valuation, business management, business valuer, James Price, small business, JPAbusiness, valuing a business, Parramatta, Central West NSW, business sale transaction advisor, business value drivers

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

Use our Business Health Check to help plan for the future

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 08-Apr-2020 02:00:00

This blog has been republished in the wake of COVID-19 developments.

Regardless of the impacts of COVID-19, this time of year is usually not a bad period to look to the financial year ahead and review the health of your business, in particular what areas you need to focus on and improve to drive most value.

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Topics: Template, business advice, Business advisor, Business health check, small business, Parramatta, COVID-19, business strategy, coronavirus, Central West NSW

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

Uncover issues with our Business Health Check template

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 08-Jan-2020 02:00:00

When we started JPAbusiness about 18 years ago, one of the first diagnostic services we offered business advisory clients was to conduct a Business Health Check.

The aim was to uncover performance-impacting issues in our clients' businesses that weren’t obvious to them and, sometimes, not even remotely on their radar.

And that’s what our Business Health Check template is all about: helping you as a business owner and manager be honest about how your business is performing.

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Topics: Template, business advice, Business advisor, Business health check, small business, Parramatta, Orange NSW

Client case studies: Why do I need a shareholders' agreement?

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

If you’re thinking about starting a business with someone else, or you’re an existing business owner considering taking on an investing party or shareholder, I strongly advise you to create a formal shareholders’ agreement at the outset.

I have dealt with a number of clients over the years who have found themselves in very sad and frustrating situations because they have entered into shareholding arrangements without a documented and legally well-constituted agreement.

Relationships have suffered, friendships have been lost, and business performance and value has been severely eroded through distractions caused as a result of not having an effective shareholders’ agreement.

In this blog I’m sharing the stories of two clients and how the lack of formal agreements has impacted them.

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Topics: Business Planning, Shareholders, business advice, Business advisor, shareholders agreement, James Price, small business, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW

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

 
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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