Is it better to own a big chunk of a small business or a minority stake in a big company?
It’s one of the fundamental questions all owners must wrestle with. Owning a relatively small slice of a big pie has worked out well for both Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, who recently traded places on the list of the world’s richest person. Musk still owns around 20% of Tesla, and Bezos controls about 10% of Amazon, so they both have chosen to sell most of their company to fund their ambitions. The success o…
Your age has a big impact on your attitude toward your business, and your feelings about one day getting out of it.
For example, one person who runs a boutique mergers and acquisitions business refuses to take assignments from business owners over the age of 70.
He has found that septuagenarians are so personally invested that they can rarely bring themselves to sell their business – frequently calling off the sale halfway through, claiming they just wouldn’t know what to do with themselves if it …
Have you struggled to identify a recurring revenue model that will work in your business?
If so, you’re not alone.
Most owners understand the benefits of recurring revenue, such as predictable cash flow and an increase in their company’s valuation, but struggle with where to start. Just changing your pricing from a one-time transaction to a smaller, recurring fee does not make a sticky subscription model.
The first step of creating a recurring revenue model for your business has nothing to …
Finally, 2020 is in the books.
If your goal is to build a more valuable business in 2021, here are some New Year’s resolutions to consider:
- Stop chasing revenue. A bigger company is not necessarily a more valuable one if the extra sales come from products and services that are too reliant on you to deliver them.
- Start surveying your customers using the Net Promoter Score methodology. It’s a fast and easy way for your customers to give you feedback, and it’s predictive of yo…
As we roll through the fourth quarter of the year, you may be starting to consider your business goals for next year.
Given how 2020 has gone, maybe your primary ambition is to survive in 2021. Perhaps you’re going to create a recurring revenue stream or finally hire that general manager. Or maybe you’ve decided to start preparing for an exit.
Whatever your goals are, the most important thing you can do now is write down your plan to achieve them.
A Revealing Study
This point was driven home rec…
We all hear a lot about what we SHOULD BE DOING from consultants, advisors, business coaches -- even our spouses. But for whatever reason, we don't always do what is best for us.
Business owners' careful planning for leaving their business is crucial to getting top dollar or smoothly passing it on to a relative. The Exit Planning process can take years and it is wise to seek professional advice in identifying the important issues and taking the right steps.
If you were to draw a picture that visually represents your role in your business, what would it look like? Are you at the top of an organizational chart, or stuck in the middle of your business like a hub in a bicycle wheel?
The Hub & Spoke model is a drive that shows how dependent your business is on you for survival. The Hub & Spoke model can only as strong as the hub. The moment the hub is overwhelmed, the entire system fails. Acquirers generally avoid these types of managed businesses beca…
When was the last time you calculated the percentage of your net worth tied to your company’s value?
When you started your business, its value was probably negligible. Unless you purchased or inherited your company, it wasn’t worth much when you opened your doors, but over time, the proportion of your assets tied to your business may have crept up.
Let’s imagine a hypothetical business owner named Tim, who starts his company at age 30. He has a little bit of equity in his first home and a small r…
Stephanie Breedlove started Breedlove & Associates in 1992 as a way to pay her nanny. The big payroll processors weren’t interested in dealing with one person’s wages and doing it themselves was complicated and time-consuming, too much for the then overwhelmed Breedloves.
Breedlove saw a business opportunity and started a payroll company for parents who needed to pay their nannies. By 2012, Breedlove & Associates had grown to $9MM in revenue and then she received a $54MM acquisition offer.…
If you’re trying to figure out what your business might be worth, it’s helpful to consider what acquirers are paying for companies like yours these days. A little internet research will probably reveal that a business like yours trades for a multiple of your pre-tax profit, which is Sellers Discretionary Earnings (SDE) for a small business and Earnings Before Interest Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) for a slightly larger business.
Obsessing Over Your Multiple
This multiple can trans…