When it comes to running a business, too much infrastructure is a waste; so is too little. In either case, it’s tough to maintain stability in uncertain times and grow when the time is right without the right supports in place.
Between December 3rd and the 24th the stock market fell more than 15%. The headlines were bold:
“US stocks log worst year since 2008.”
“Worst December stock performance since 1931.”
“Worst Christmas Eve performance ever!”
“Corporate Profit Crunch Looms.”
One person I know liquidated their entire portfolio December 23rd exclaiming they analyzed the “charts” and everything was going down. They added that a recession was guaranteed to happen in 2020. The media chimed in with unending dramatization on the end of times as we know it.
This article is Part 2 of a two-part series focusing on selling your business. Read part one here.
An estimated 70% of the businesses listed for sale do not close. It takes significant planning and preparation to successfully exit a business. The more transparent you are about any major business decisions, the more likely you are to build trust with a potential buyer. This can, in turn, result in obtaining a better price for your business. There is no guarantee that the right buyer will be interested in buying your business when you want to sell it, but here are some practical steps you can take to better position your business for sale.
The holiday season can bring a host of social gatherings, gift exchanges and visits with family and friends. While these things make this “the most wonderful time of the year” for many people, they can create a dilemma for businesses, leaving workplaces sparse or with sidetracked employees.
To avoid a lull in productivity, employers may consider implementing the following tips this holiday season:
Topics: Human Resources
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As we move through December, students will start taking final exams. Think back to your school days; were you a crammer or a planner? Imagine studying and preparing all year for an exam on material that is completely new to you. You are told you can study for twelve months and the exam will begin after a one month wait. This is the situation we find ourselves in with the new tax law. The time for studying will end this month, and after about another month to approve tax forms, update tax software, and provide tax information, the final exam will begin. Will you receive a passing grade on your tax return exam?
Ten years ago this month, Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme unraveled in front of the world. Like a bad nightmare, the swindler made $65 billion evaporate from people’s lives. With the benefit of hindsight, we can identify some legitimate questions investors should have asked of Madoff that are just as relevant today. There will always be another con-artist. You cannot prevent someone determined to commit crimes—but you can hold them at arm’s length.
Topics: Accounting & Finance
Technology plays a key role in every modern business. If it’s been a while since you’ve assessed your business’ information technology practices, there’s never been a more crucial moment to get up to speed. Digital transformation continues to reshape the business landscape, meaning digital leaders will capture new market share and laggards will struggle to gain traction.
As the calendar turns to November, it’s important to take a look at what you’re winning and losing with the 2018 tax law changes. You may want to know what your situation will look like compared to 2017 using the 2018 tax changes. Some business owners feel like they are losing a lot, because that’s what they hear— from the news, media, their friends, and maybe even their family. However, they may not lose at all. In fact, by losing deductions, business owners may win.
Let’s look at a comparison. Our comparison is designed to determine what’s lost with the new tax law changes, using the same financial information for each year.
This article is part one of a two-part series focusing on selling your business.
A record number of small businesses continue to be sold in the United States. Fifty percent of all small business owners are over 50 years old, and it is estimated that over 70% of baby-boomer entrepreneurs will either close or sell their businesses in the next 10 years. Since millennials are looking for business opportunities, and interest rates are still relatively low, now is a good time to start strategizing about how to sell.
With the Tax Cuts and Job Act (TCJA) signed into law late last year, many people have questions about what strategies they should employ. With the end of the year rapidly approaching, now is the time to make plans. Here are a dozen strategies that can optimize end-of-year planning: