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, Starting a business, eBook, business ownership, start-up, small business, entrepreneur

How to build a great team [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 07-Apr-2021 02:00:00

Developing a reliable team – and keeping them – is one of the biggest challenges in business.

Everyone has their own motivations for the job they do, so there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

However over the years of helping business owners build and retain effective teams, we've identified several key actions that can help drive success in this area.

We've summarised them in the following infographic:

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Topics: Employment and recruitment, Business Planning, Staff, Starting a business, Succession planning, staff management, professional development, staff training

5 steps to buying or starting your own business [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 05-Feb-2020 02:00:00

Owning your own business can be very rewarding, both professionally and personally, but it’s not all beer and skittles!

As a business owner you take on a lot of risk, you rarely get a mental break – especially in the early days – and you may have to get used to unpredictable earnings.

If you’re considering buying or starting your own business, take a look at the following infographic for some first steps to guide your early decision making. 

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Topics: Buying a business, infographic, Starting a business

Risks to consider when a side project becomes your business [video]

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

In our experience dealing with clients over the years, we've found many businesses start as side projects.

In this video, James tells the story of a client whose 'side project' became a multi-million dollar transport business.

He also points out some risks to watch out for regarding business governance, structure and process issues when a business starts this way, and how to ensure they don't negatively impact the business' value down the track, when it comes time to exit.

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Topics: Business Value, Family business, Business Structures, Video, Starting a business, Governance, business value drivers

Don't rush it – 3 questions to consider before buying a business

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

Whether we’re assisting a client to buy a business, providing advice or due diligence, or fielding enquiries on businesses we’re marketing for sale, one of the first things I tell people is that the price of the business should not be their primary concern.

Now that sounds a bit strange, I know, because price is obviously important –  it would be silly to enquire about a business worth $5 million, for example, when you have $500,000 maximum to invest.

But, and I’m very serious about this, I believe you should set the price of the business aside in your initial discussions and investigations, and consider the following questions first:

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Topics: Buying a business, infographic, Starting a business

4 questions to ask when buying a franchise [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 27-Nov-2019 02:00:00

Buying a franchise may, on the surface, seem exactly the same as buying a business.

Principally they are the same, except with a franchise the brand and business operational model has been systematised.

While the operational and other support mechanisms that come with a franchise are appealing when compared to an independent business, it’s important to consider the additional requirements and costs you may have to meet.

The infographic below contains four key questions for people considering buying a franchise:

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Topics: Buying a business, Due diligence, infographic, Franchises, Starting a business, buying a franchise

Do you have what it takes to run a business? [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 18-Sep-2019 02:00:00

Before you spend months trawling through business advertising sites, trying to decide which business would best suit you, first consider whether you would suit business.

In this infographic we’ve summarised 10 attributes we tend to see in successful business people.

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Topics: Buying a business, infographic, Starting a business, business management, business ownership, owning a business

How do I start a business?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 05-Jun-2019 02:00:00

Preparation is key when it comes to starting a business and, thanks to the wonders of the internet, there is no shortage of easily accessible resources to guide you in the early planning stages.

For example, the Australian Government’s business.gov.au site has a handy Starting a business guide which covers everything from understanding the difference between a business and a hobby, for tax purposes, to how to apply for a trademark.

We’ve also created free resources for readers who are considering ‘going out on their own’:

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Topics: Business Structures, Starting a business, start-up

How to put a price on ‘strategic value’ when buying

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 23-Jan-2019 02:00:00

One way of quantifying a business’ strategic value, at least to some degree, is to consider the ‘buy versus build’ scenario.

Ask yourself: ‘If I was to buy this business, what additional value over and above the fair market value would I get and could I achieve that same value simply by growing my own business?’

Often as business valuers we will determine a fair market value for a client’s business and then, under a separate and subsequent engagement, be involved in selling that business.

In general we find that for every 10 people – businesses or investors – who are interested in purchasing the business, about three of those 10 are already operating in the same market.

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Topics: Business Value, Buying a business, Starting a business, strategic value, valuing a business

How to create a business plan in 3 steps

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 14-Nov-2018 02:00:00

Business plans don't need to be weighty documents, but they do need to be:

  • referenced regularly,
  • shared with others, and 
  • pressure tested.

The following graphic illustrates the 3 fundamental components of an annual business planning process:

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Topics: Business Planning, Running your business, infographic, Starting 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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