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When Less Money is More Money

Here’s a sad story about trying to get more money when the end resulted in far less money: A business was owned by two friends. The relationship soured and as a business advisor, I was attempting to facilitate an agreement for one partner to stay and the other to exit. The most probable buyer offered over half a million dollars. The other partne... Continue reading

Establishing a Baseline for Business Growth

Since it’s the beginning of a new calendar year, it’s a great time to make sure your business has a baseline for measuring growth in 2013. If you can measure your activities and results properly, you can quantify your growth. Each of the following should be available to you for each month of last year as well as the total for last year: Reven... Continue reading

Increase Business Profits – 1 Tip

It's simple. Learn to say NO! Many business owners have trouble saying no, and it costs them financially. Here’s why: 1) Customer selection criteria - Let’s say you have a current customer who consumes a lot of resources and also owes you money. If they want more credit to get more services, the correct answer is NO. You are already l... Continue reading

Improving Business Owner to Banker Communications – 3 Tips

Bankers speak one language – business owners speak a different one – when they get together without a translator, the result is usually frustration. Don't make assumptions 1) Don’t assume that logic or reason are important to the lender – The most popular argument to a banker when asking for a loan is, 'I opened my account at this insti... Continue reading

How to Determine the Value of Your Business

Many of my business owning clients ask, “What is my business worth?” It seems like a simple question but the answer is usually complicated and starts out, “Well, that depends…” Is the valuation for a buyer, seller, estate plan, banker or a divorce settlement? Here are some basics: You will need to determine the fair value of the ... Continue reading