Both the buyer and seller have the same question in mind: What is this business worth? This is where information becomes king! You can never have too much information when making a decision like buying or selling your small business.
Most people see the worth of a business as the total value of equipment and fixtures, inventory, buildings and land. These are definitely important, but the sum of these values does not equal the value of the business. Continuing with our buyer and seller from last week, Bill probably paid a fir price for equipment, fixtures, and the like, but ...
Many business owners understand that if they divorce their spouses, they may have some liability to pay spousal support. But did you know that you also may have to buy your spouse out of your business?
A recent article in the May 12 issue of U.S. News & World Report addressed the mistakes people make when the market is very volatile and discouraging like we are experiencing these days. Even people with
Dear Job Seeker:
We have posted this letter on the company's Web site and it is also available to individuals who come to our office and ask our receptionist if we are accepting applications.
The advantage to my readers of my column is that you get the benefits from either what I'm currently doing or the research brought about by a reader's query. Today's column is a result of the latter.
When one of my readers asked for information about selling a business, I realized that this wasn't something I was familiar with so it entailed doing some research. What follows is a part of that research that might prove useful to some other entrepreneurs that follow my column.
An index that measures the percentage of households at risk of being financially ill-equipped for retirement was launched in Washington D.C. in June, 2006. It was touted as the most comprehensive measure of its kind by many in the financial world.
In good times and more challenging times, leaders have to stand for something. Here are the four commitments a leader needs to make for themselves and the people they are responsible for:
Now that you have followed all the directions for doing your "due diligence" making sure your Internet banking company is legitimate, let's look at the advantages:
Two new laws dealing with the use of wireless telephones while driving go into effect July 1.
When an IRA owner dies, a designated beneficiary, who is an individual, can establish an inherited IRA and start taking required minimum distributions (RMDs) over the beneficiary's own life expectancy. By spreading out the death benefit, a beneficiary can reduce current income tax liability by not taking a lump-sum distribution and will enjoy continued tax deferral on the asset s remaining in the inherited IRA.
Are you thinking of buying business equipment this year? If so, you'll be happy to know the Economic
I grew up watching John Madden coach the Oakland Raiders. In an era when most NFL teams had thick binders filled with rules and associated penalties for players, Madden went the other way.
It seems that we've all gotten so busy that "clicks to bricks" (what Internet banking is called) has become the way to go. There are many entrepreneurs who are still a bit skeptical about it, so I decided that I'd give you the scoop.
It is always a good time to keep an eye on costs in an organization. Financial reporting is a great way to look back on what happened; it is more important to look forward to see what can be proactively addressed.
Imagine if your kids go to the bank to get their inheritance after you die, and the bank won't give them the money unless they go to court for months and spend thousands of dollars in probate fees. Imagine if you give all your money to your spouse after you die, but then the government steps in and takes a huge chunk of your assets that were intended for your heirs.
Books like "Built to Last," "The Breakthrough Company," and "Good to Great" were written to help business people improve the companies they own, lead and run.
The housing market in the Santa Clarita Valley started the New Year tentatively, yet encouraging news abounds as the traditional Spring home buying season approaches.
If you wonder why your sales people aren't more productive, aren't making enough presentations and are slow to close deals, it might not be the industry you are in, your location or the economy not cooperating.
According to the recent news release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics the US economy added 113,000 jobs in January 2014 and, "…job gains occurred in construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, and mining…Employment in manufacturing increased in January (+21,000)…Manufacturing added an average of 7,000 jobs per month in 2013."
Years ago a major manufacturer hired a research firm to conduct a survey of the cultural climate of the company.
Under the federal Ability-to-Repay rules that went into effect Jan. 10, lenders received guidelines on the type of financial information homebuyers must provide lenders when seeking a loan.
Research suggests that employees do not leave because of the company they work for, but they quit because of their manager.
What is our fascination with forecasts? Are they really helpful and how can we use them for planning purposes?
At the end of the first month of the year, are your objectives for 2014 being met? Have the results versus your goals left a gap? Are you worried that what happened or what didn't happen in January can spread to February? Or March?
In May, 1976 I had just finished what I first thought was my junior year of college. When I put a pencil to things, I discovered I was not 12 months away from graduation, but closer to two years.
When you think of California do words like innovative, leading-edge and trendy come to mind? A place where new ideas first take root before they become woven into the very fabric of the national culture and industrial base before becoming recognized around the world as being uniquely "American". If so, you may be surprised to learn that in one area, the critical business process of selecting and hiring new employees, California is lagging behind the rest of the country.
I recently conversed with the owner of a profitable company. She was interested in addressing some issues so she could return her attention to growing the business.