How to create staff training and PD plans [templates]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 21-Aug-2019 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.

Below are some example plans we have filled out to give you an idea of how the templates can be used in your business (just click on the images to view the full-sized documents).

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Topics: Template, business advice, professional development, Parramatta, Orange NSW, managing employees, staff training

Find the right business with our Business Buyer's Checklist

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 19-Jun-2019 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 advice, business buying, Business advisor, Parramatta, Orange NSW

Thinking about selling? Use our Selling a Business Planning Sheet [template]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 20-Feb-2019 02:00:00

Selling a business is a massive undertaking and not one to be entered into lightly.

We created our free Selling a Business Planning Sheet as a ‘first step’ resource for business owners thinking about selling.

The template contains 20 questions designed to prompt you to undertake the necessary thinking, planning and acting that will ensure you and your business are well prepared for the sale process.

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Topics: Business Value, Template, business advice, selling a business, Business advisor, Parramatta, Orange NSW

How to use our Buying a Business Planning Sheet [template]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 13-Feb-2019 02:00:00

There are plenty of good businesses out there, but the key to a successful business purchase is finding a business that will be ‘good’ for you.

Our Buying a Business Planning Sheet is designed to help you find a business that is the right fit for your requirements and risk profile.

When assessing different businesses, the planning sheet prompts you to consider 15 questions, including:

  • Why will you succeed in this business?
  • How does the asking price compare to a market appraisal of recent sales and market trends?
  • Do you fully understand the requirements of the lease relating to your potential business purchase?

If you are considering buying a business, download the free template and work through the questions as a way of bringing some rigour and structure to your preliminary planning.

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Topics: Buying a business, Template, business advice, Business valuation, valuing a business

How to create an annual business plan

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 09-Jan-2019 02:00:00

You can’t plan for every eventuality, but you can plan to withstand shocks. Having a business plan and following our 3-Step Annual Business Plan Process will help you make your business as robust as possible, should such a shock occur.

Planning is about influencing the things you can influence, while taking account of the things you can’t. The latter are risks or opportunities that may or may never eventuate.

By changing the things you can change, you can position yourself to take advantage of opportunities should they arise, or mitigate risks that might flow.

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Topics: Advice, Business Planning, Running your business, Template, Business advisor, annual business plan

How often should you use the Business Health Check template?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 07-Nov-2018 02:00:00

The JPAbusiness Business Health Check goes back a long way in our company’s history.

When we started JPAbusiness about 17 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 health check, small business

Free checklist: Are you the 'right fit' for business ownership?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 18-Jul-2018 02:00:00

If you're thinking about buying or starting a business – moving from the employed workforce to self-employment – take a look at our free Business Owner's Checklist.

The checklist features 10 common attributes our team tends to find in people who successfully build and run businesses.

Among these attributes are:

  • persistence
  • ability to deal with uncertainty, including extreme highs and lows
  • ideas person, with an eye to commercialisation and reality
  • self-confidence, but not arrogance
  • someone who can trust others.
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Topics: Buying a business, Free download, Template, business advice, Business advisor, James Price

Free template: Buying a Business Planning Sheet

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 13-Jun-2018 02:00:00

A good business purchase is about planning and ensuring you have plenty of information to base decisions on, rather than rushing in and letting emotions take over.

Use our Buying a Business Planning Sheet to help you ‘make a match’ between your requirements and risk profile, and the business you are assessing.

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Topics: Buying a business, Free download, Advice, Template

Free template: Selling a Business Planning Sheet

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 30-May-2018 02:00:00

If you’re thinking of selling your business, the JPAbusiness Selling a Business Planning Sheet can help place your business in the best position for a successful sale.

This template contains 20 questions designed to prompt you to undertake the necessary thinking, planning and acting that will ensure you and your business are well prepared for the sale process.

The free template can be downloaded in either pdf or Word format.

If you find this template useful, please feel free to share it.

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Topics: Selling your business, Template, business advice, selling a business, Business advisor

What is 'vendor due diligence'? [free checklist]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 02-May-2018 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, Business advisor, vendor due diligence

 
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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