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20 Jun 2018

7 Ways Business Owners Can Boost Value Creation

A valuable business is a sellable business, but value creation shouldn't be left until you're ready to sell - it should be built into your business plan.

Work now on building value into the heart of your business and when it's time to sell, you'll get the price you need.

We've got seven ways that can help.

13 Jun 2018

Why You Should Collaborate with Other Business Owners

Business owners tend to be fiercely independent, hardworking, and self-reliant. These excellent qualities, however, can become difficulties as time goes on.

Independence can become very lonely when it feels like the success of your business rests squarely on your shoulders. A hardworking perspective can mean long hours, while self-reliance can mean not asking for help, or feeling unable to ask for fresh ideas.

One way to navigate these difficulties is to consider collaborating with like-minded business owners.

 Need convincing?

07 Jun 2018

What Does Business Freedom Mean?

Think back to when you first started your business. It's likely you were constantly working, putting all of your time, energy and money into making it a success. Did you say to yourself then, "When I'm making a nice profit and have hired some staff to manage things for me, then I'll take a break"?

Today, has it turned out that the more successful you've become, the more involved you've been? Do you feel you have no business freedom - no time for yourself, even for a short holiday? 

30 May 2018

Selling My Business: Top Tips

Selling your business is one of the most important financial decisions you'll make as a business owner, something you're already well aware of.  

What some business owners may not realise is that selling your business is something you should consider early on, not just when you're looking to exit. Value creation should be an intrinsic part of your business plan, arming you to sell your business at the price you need when the time comes.

Here are our top tips to a successful sale.

24 May 2018

Have You Got Enough Money?

Got your attention? We thought so - that's quite a provocative question and the answer is vastly different for everyone.

Although we're big believers in the value of wellbeing and security over building vast personal wealth for its own sake, it's important to be realistic and ask yourself if you have enough resources to live the lifestyle you want, not just now but for the future.

17 May 2018

How to Get the Most Out of Your Financial Planner

Decided to appoint a financial planner? Good decision!

A certified financial planner will help you draw out your lifestyle goals, build value in your business and plan your exit in good time, all to help you live the life you really want.

We know it's a commitment of time and money so here's our advice to get the most out of your investment.

10 May 2018

The Factor You're Missing When Valuing Your Business

There are many factors that determine the value of your business.  

If you've started planning an exit strategy that involves selling your business later on, you've no doubt considered many of them.

A valuable business is essential to a potential buyer. But have you thought of everything?

03 May 2018

Why You Need to Figure Out Your Retirement Lifestyle Now

What are your retirement plans? Many business owners find that a daunting question.

Maybe you're at the beginning of your business journey and haven't considered it, or you've been in business so long that you can't imagine retiring.

Either way, we think business owners should always be looking ahead to their post-work life with enthusiasm.

26 Apr 2018

Funding Long Term Care – what will be the true cost of the Golden Years?

As average life expectancy continues to increase, more and more of us are likely to require some form of long-term care as we get older.  But with places in residential care and nursing homes costing in excess of £25,000 a

19 Apr 2018

What Is Business Exit Planning?

In the exciting early days of starting your business, many business owners never truly think about leaving it. You may think that you'll just cross the bridge when you get there, but the truth is that business exit planning helps put you in control of your business and consequently, your personal life. Being in control is much easier when you write down a clear, carefully thought-out plan.

Having an exit strategy in place will help you build a bright future for you and your business, and give you the freedom to achieve the things you've always wanted to.

It's for this very reason that you should consider business exit planning right from the start.

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