How to create a shareholders’ agreement [template]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 12-Aug-2020 02:00:00

If you’re a business owner considering taking on an investing party or shareholder, some form of written shareholders’ or partners’ agreement is vital.

Use the agreement to make clear all parties’ investment and partnership intentions and responsibilities from the outset.

Remember, this is your business, so you can cover whatever you think important, from business relationships, ethics and cultural issues, to insurances, taxation and debt obligations; it’s your blank canvas.

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Topics: Advice, Partners, Business Structures, Shareholders, Template, Checklist, business advice, Business advisor, shareholders agreement, Parramatta, COVID-19, coronavirus, Central West NSW

Staff training and PD plans – why you need to think about them now [templates]

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

As we head into an uncertain FY20/21 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.

One of the key elements of your business proposition – large or small – is your team, and they’re going through the same anxiety you are. The COVID-19 crisis is impacting their professional lives, personal lives, physical and mental wellbeing, just as it is yours.

Even though you may be struggling simply to pay wages, the last thing you want is to lose good people, whether you lose them physically, or in the sense that they become disengaged as a result of their anxiety about the current environment.

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Topics: Template, business advice, business management, staff performance, running a business, professional development, Parramatta, staff wellbeing, managing employees, staff training, COVID-19, coronavirus, Central West NSW

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

Free up cash with our Working Capital Checklist [free template]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 25-Mar-2020 02:00:00

As a business owner or manager, there are a number of 'levers' you need to control to successfully manage working capital and drive a successful, cash-generating business.

As our Working Capital Checklist shows, those levers fall into two buckets: current assets and current liabilities.

You can use the free checklist to assist you in achieving a firm control of your working capital levers and cash position, so your business proposition is not hampered by poor cash flow.

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Topics: Business Value, Selling your business, Cash flow, Working capital, Exiting your business, Template, Checklist, business management, COVID-19, business strategy, coronavirus

How to create a Professional Development plan [template]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 26-Feb-2020 02:00:00

Staff professional development (PD) needs are best identified through a formal performance management and evaluation process.

I recommend owners/managers sit down with their staff members once every 12 months, as part of their annual performance review process, and develop a PD plan jointly, with each individual.

This review process will identify where already skilled employees need information to support their growth to gain more advanced knowledge, and further develop their own business and leadership skills. 

You can create plans from scratch, or download our free Professional Development Plan template to get you started.

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

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

Create an Annual Business Plan with our free template

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

Business planning is about making your business as robust as possible, so it can take advantage of opportunities and also successfully withstand inevitable shocks.

Annual business plans don’t have to be weighty documents, but they do need to contain some key information, with the most important being:

  • frank and honest appraisal of resources
  • analysis of your competitive environment
  • SWOT analysis
  • targets
  • budget.
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Topics: Free download, Business Planning, Template, Succession planning, Business advisor, business management, Parramatta, Orange NSW

What is 'due diligence' when buying a business?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 22-Jan-2020 02:00:00

Due diligence is ‘the process of acquiring objective and reliable information on a … company as required, especially before a commercial acquisition’ [Macquarie Dictionary].

At JPAbusiness we regularly undertake due diligence for business-buying clients. The process involves checking and verifying information relating to the basic operations and performance of the business our client is considering buying.

Our role is to identify risks and issues, plus any material differences between what has been represented in information previously provided on the business, and what we identify in the due diligence process.

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Topics: Buying a business, Due diligence, Template, Checklist, business advice, eBook, Business advisor, business basics, Parramatta, Orange NSW, free resources

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

How our planning sheet can help business buyers [video]

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

Buying a business is a major investment and it can also be a very time-consuming activity.

In this video James explains how the Buying a Business Planning Sheet can help save time and also give direction to your purchase planning.

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Topics: Buying a business, Business Planning, Template, Video, business advice, Parramatta, Orange NSW

 
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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