How to do 'vendor due diligence' when selling a business [checklist]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 28-Jul-2021 02:00:00

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

When conducting vendor due diligence for clients, our role is basically to ‘pretend’ we are the buyer.

We look at a range of business health factors including:

  • financial performance
  • business performance
  • staff and organisational aspects
  • contracts, systems and suppliers
  • how the business creates and drives value in terms of its point of difference in the market
  • forward order book i.e. the pipeline, to understand the true nature of the business as a going concern
  • how exposed the business might be to individuals or particular customers or suppliers.
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Topics: Selling your business, Template, Checklist, business advice, selling a business, Business advisor, Business selling, business broker, vendor due diligence, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW, business sale, business sale transaction advisor

How to make a business private equity ready [cheat sheet]

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

Private equity is much more than just some capital.

You can get capital from plenty of places, but private equity aims to be an aligned partner, helping a business to grow, set strategy and problem-solve.

In our eBook Partners in Your Business, guest contributor Gareth Banks from Champ Ventures explained how private equity works and what sort of opportunities private equity investors look for.

We have distilled some of Gareth’s advice down into this cheat sheet, to help you make your business private equity ready.

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Topics: cheat sheet, Template, business advice, Business advisor, equity investor, business partners, Private equity, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW, private capital

How to create a business plan

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 23-Jun-2021 02:00:00

Business plans don’t have to be lengthy documents, but they do – in our opinion – need to be written down: if you haven’t written it down, you haven’t committed to it.

This short video series covers some key concepts related to business planning, including:

  • Why does my business need a plan?
  • How often should I review my business plans?
  • What to include in a Strategic Plan
  • What to include in an Annual Business Plan
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Topics: Business Planning, Template, Video, Succession planning, business advice, Business advisor, James Price, strategic planning, JPAbusiness, annual business plan, Central West NSW, business plan

7 golden rules for successful hiring

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 26-May-2021 02:00:00

Great staff are critical to our success as business owners and managers, but finding and keeping the right people is an ongoing challenge for many businesses.

Unfortunately we can't conjure appropriately trained staff out of the air for our clients and subscribers, but we can provide advice to make the recruitment process as successful as possible.

In this video I outline our 7 'golden rules' for successful hiring.

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Topics: Employment and recruitment, Advice, infographic, cheat sheet, Template, Video, staff management, Business advisor, staff recruitment, hiring staff, James Price, hiring, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW

What is 'strategic' value when buying or selling a business?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 12-May-2021 02:00:00

Strategic value is the value a purchaser is willing to pay for a business, over and above what an impartial business valuer might determine is ‘fair market value’.

As we have discussed in our eBooks, one common method of determining a business’ fair market value is to use a multiple of earnings.

Multiple of Earnings is the term for how many years or months a purchaser is prepared to wait before they recoup the value they paid the outgoing business owner, based on an assessment of business maintainable earnings (or sustainable earnings).

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Topics: Business Value, Buying a business, Selling your business, Template, strategic value, Checklist, business advice, Business advisor, business valuer, JPAbusiness, Central West NSW, business sale transaction advisor, business value drivers

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

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: Business Planning, Valuations, Template, Video, Succession planning, Business valuation, Business advisor, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, succession, business succession, scorecard, business value drivers

How to use the Buying a Franchise Planning Sheet to assess opportunities

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 24-Mar-2021 02:00:00

Buying a franchise may, on the surface, seem like any other business purchase.

However, a franchise is a special type of business in which the brand and business operational model has been systematised.

A franchise may have additional, more complex requirements for a buyer to consider and meet, but they also tend to come with more ongoing support than regular businesses.

We have created the JPAbusiness Buying a Franchise Planning Sheet to help business buyers assess potential franchise opportunities.

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Topics: Buying a business, Free download, Template, Franchises, Business advisor, business broker, buying a franchise, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW, business sale, business sale transaction advisor, franchising

How to use succession planning to boost business value [template]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 10-Feb-2021 02:00:00

Succession planning is the process of identifying and developing internal staff who have the potential to fill key business leadership positions should existing leaders – including yourself – leave the business.

It’s about creating a back-up system for your people resource and it should start the minute you take on a business’ ownership, whether you buy it or start it from scratch.

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Topics: Business Value, Business Planning, Template, Succession planning, business advice, Business advisor, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW, business succession, scorecard

How to use the Business Health Check [video]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 28-Oct-2020 02:00:00

The JPAbusiness Business Health Check template asks you to rate your business’ performance against 15 health factors, with an explanation of key considerations for each. It also provides some suggestions for how you may improve the health of your business, based on your score.

JPAbusiness has been conducting Business Health Checks for clients for over 18 years. In this video James explains how the Business Health Check serves as a diagnostic tool for uncovering a business' weaknesses, while also identifying its strengths.

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Topics: Business Planning, Template, Video, business advice, Business advisor, Business health check, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW, diagnostic tool

 
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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