A guide for selling or closing your business
Selling or closing down a business can be a very emotional time. There is an excellent checklist on the ATO website – this article helps to explain some of the more confusing points that need to be addressed whilst selling/closing a business in Australia.
How to value a business
Each method has its benefits and drawbacks. Consult a licenced, qualified business valuer before you proceed.
How do the Sharks determine the value of a Company?
If you have been a follower of the reality show Shark Tank, then the word “valuation” is not new to you. On the contrary, it is a term that is commonly used throughout the show. As entrepreneurs pitch the self-made millionaires and billionaires for venture capital, valuation comes up time and again.
Is it a good time to sell my Business?
As a business owner, it might hard to envision a period when you do not report to your company in the morning. However, there is a reality in the business world where, at times, the circumstances for you to sell your business will present themselves whether you are prepared or not. Have you ever found yourself in that situation and asked yourself ‘what would be the most profitable time to sell my business?’ This feature is dedicated to helping you understand the personal, business and industry considerations that you need to factor in to determine the right time to say ‘I can now sell my business.’
Dangers of using an Online Valuation Calculator
It is usually tempting for business owners, potential buyers and even prospective investors to get a quick estimate for the value of a business. An owner would want a quick solution if there is an urgent need for money, whereas investors and prospective buyers would be interested in owning the company as fast as possible. During such times, it becomes easy to turn to an online business value calculator to speed up the estimation process. Though quick, online business value calculators will not give you the same benefits as professional valuers. This is not the only drawback that comes with using a business value calculator on the web.
How to appraise a Small Business
You might want to own a business at one point or the other for different reasons. It could be that you have always wanted to own a firm for the sake of it. Many people found companies simply because it is their dream to found one. Others do it for financial independence. No matter the reason for starting a business, the most common way to come into the ownership of an enterprise is to start one yourself, in which case you are responsible for the business from scratch. However, when you are looking to buy a company from another party, one of the considerations you have to make is the worth of that business. How much should you spend on buying a company? If you are not sure, read these four ways you can use to value a small business for purchase.
How Often Should I Have a Business Valuation Done?
The number of business owners who either do not know or who have the wrong idea about the worth of their businesses is surprising. For the most part, this is because these owners do not place much stock in having business valuations done on their companies. After all, why should they dedicate significant time and resources to a business valuation when they are not ready to sell their businesses? Others may not be interested in knowing the true value of their businesses so long as their firms report profits year after year. However, as a business owner, you need to understand what a business valuation is and why it is important for your business to have one done. Additionally, knowing when to have a formal valuation done on your enterprise could influence the trajectory of your business. Below we will discuss some of the reasons to have a professional value your company and how often to do it.
What is Goodwill in Business?
In certain market situations, particularly in mergers and acquisitions, the term “goodwill” is often used. Goodwill in business is a crucial component of the business valuation process because it lets the acquiring company or simply the acquirer know what they are in for in purchasing the target enterprise. To understand goodwill in business, you need to understand its effect on the operation and acquisition processes. When was the last time you walked into Macy’s or Starbucks? How did you feel about the steep prices you paid for the goods? Did you feel that they worth their price? The answers to these questions should help you better understand goodwill.
My business is worth WHAT?!?!
At the time of retiring the average business owner in Australia does not have a funded pension beyond what they have set aside in their own and their spouse’s Superannuation; most will have a personal residence that has only recently had the mortgage paid off and less will have a significant investment portfolio. Remember, these are averages so your circumstances may be better or worse off. In many situations the family business will be the most significant financial asset available to provide for the owner’s retirement years. You should be asking yourself several questions, but are you ...
Why should I ask if my Business Valuer is licensed?
Most people require the services of a business valuation company at one point or another. If you are a corporate head who wants to retire by selling off your company, you would need a valuation to increase your asking price. A professional valuation would also come in handy for the homeowner who wants to sell off his property or the shareholder who wants to cash in his interest. Valuations are therefore a crucial part of any business. However, sometimes you may feel as if a professional valuation may not justify the cost. Why hire a professional when any appraiser can do the job? Why should you choose a Certified Professional Valuer’s estimation over your own or an unlicensed company’s when you want to sell your stake interest? These are the questions we will be looking at in this post.