Find the right business for you with the Business Buyer's Checklist

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 29-Sep-2021 02:00:00

Buying a business is not an investment decision to be rushed into or made lightly.

For those of you considering buying a business, we have created the Business Buyer's Checklist.

The checklist contains 14 questions designed to:

  • ensure you have a clear purchase objective 
  • work out whether identified business opportunities are a good match for your skills and interests
  • prompt you to take necessary steps regarding market appraisal, due diligence and financing.
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Topics: Buying a business, Template, Checklist, business buying

How to develop staff training and PD plans [template]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 08-Sep-2021 02:00:00

We all want competent, confident staff who feel fulfilled and motivated by their work – as we've discussed in previous blogs, it's a win-win that provides benefits for both the employer and employee.

Training and professional development is key to staff developing that competence and confidence, so this week we're inviting you to download our free JPAbusiness Staff Training Plan and Professional Development Plan templates.

Don't let COVID-19 derail your training plans

As we move through an uncertain FY21/22, 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.

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Topics: Training and Professional Development, Template, staff performance, professional development, managing employees, staff training, coronavirus, training and pd

How to achieve best practice in succession planning

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 04-Aug-2021 02:00:00

Absolutely core to good succession planning and building a good team around you, is that each team member knows:

  • what’s expected of me;
  • where we’re headed, and
  • what success looks like when we get there.

If your goal is to be a business owner working on the business, rather than in the business, and to have a team of people working in concert for you, then one way to approach this goal is to consider the analogy of an orchestra conductor.

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Topics: Business Planning, cheat sheet, Template, Succession planning, staff management, managing employees

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, selling a business, Business selling, vendor due diligence, business sale

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, equity investor, business partners, Private equity, growth strategies, 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, strategic planning, annual business plan, 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, infographic, cheat sheet, Template, Video, staff management, staff recruitment, hiring staff, hiring

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 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, Due diligence, Template, Video, 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: Valuations, Exiting your business, Template, Video, Succession planning, Business valuation, risk management, succession, business succession, business value drivers

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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