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Is your business paying you more than just a wage?

Does running your own business payoff? The answer is yes, and no.

In a recent BRW Magazine article, University Of Western Sydney researchers revealed that even though small business owners still don’t earn as much as the typical wage earner, they’re becoming richer and smarter with their money as they tend to accumulate more assets.

Australian business owners report a lower level of weekly income. In 2010, they took home an average weekly income of $1975 compared with those on a wage who took home $2173.

But a new University of Western ­Sydney study shows business owners outstripped their more secure counterparts by accumulating assets worth more than $1 million ($1.095 million in 2010), whereas wage earners ­accumulated only two-thirds ($673,000) of this amount.

“As a small business owner, you sometimes sacrifice some income in favour of reinvesting that,” Mark ­Sargent from Newcastle University said. “There’s evidence the typical model, where you take the risk and get greater returns, actually is the case.”

Using data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and HILDA (Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia), the study  found there are more than 2.1 million owner-operators of small businesses in ­Australia and the proportion of superannuation investment by both wage earners and small business owners has increased markedly.

The value of superannuation holdings in the sample group shows contributions from salary and wage earnings households between 2003 and 2010 rose 60 per cent whereas the contributions from unincorporated small businesses nearly doubled to 112 per cent.

“The magnitude of the change was quite surprising,” Dr Sargent said.

“Traditionally, people have started their own businesses with a view of one day selling their business and using the proceeds to fund their retirement.

“What we have now begun to detect is that more business people are ­dramatically building up their superannuation funds. This is a far more ­protected and secure environment for wealth creation.”

This is both good and bad news for small business owners.

First the good news: At least business owners are rewarded with capital appreciation of their assets. It is assumed the capital growth difference with their salaried peers actually compensates for the lower income and would the greater access to business deductions.

The bad news: The risk borne by small business owners is usually very high, with many primary residences collateralised for business bank loans and the on-going risk of default and bankruptcy especially in times of economic and geopolitical turmoil. An employee might lose a job, a business owner his/her job AND his/her house!

The great news: Some small business owners succeed at making a higher income and create greater capital appreciation than their peers. This small, elite group of business owners learns powerful strategies that are tried and tested. If you would like to join them, contact us. We’ll let you know if you qualify to join them.

20/20 Foresight

One of the foundational concepts of the Platinum Program we run is to develop what I call 20/20 Foresight, the ability to predict and/or manifest a beneficial future – regardless of the forces that might be at play. A recent article in BRW Magazine highlighting why baby boomer business owners may retire with nothing makes this point clearly and succinctly.

We know the adage that “knowledge is power”. With this particular knowledge, there is no question that the only reprieve is to build a profitable business that someone wants to buy – because of the FUTURE income streams, not emotionally-laden ‘goodwill’.

Easier said than done, but then again if it was easy, everyone would succeed.

That is one of the many advantages, and largely hidden benefits of our Platinum Program – having discussions like this one, and exploring the options available to select the best choice possible – ahead of the crisis.

Demographic statisticians and economists are mostly in agreement that the largest demographic generation in history, the baby boomers, will have a profound, pervasive and permanent effect on society as they age and exit their cycle. The question isn’t a question of IF, but WHEN.

Each industry (and country for that matter) has a slightly different exposure and corresponding timing. For example a doggy day care will still have good times ahead while baby boomers get older and spend more time with (and money on) their beloved dogs, whereas a construction company relying on the sale of residential homes and units will struggle as existing homes become vacant as boomers move into assisted care living accommodations.

If you’d like to make the most of the next few years, there is no better time than right now to position your business to make the most of what is coming – or prepare your company for a sale before there is a glut of (non) buyers.

Contact us when you’re ready.





Family Business Succession

A recent study of Family Businesses revealed that Australia’s ageing family business owners have a big problem. According to new research on the family business sector, 45% are actively planning to sell their businesses and 61.3% would seriously consider selling now. On top of this, 25.2% of family firms say they have been approached regarding a sale in the last 12 months. There is just one problem – these business owners, who control a large chunk of Australia’s $1.6 trillion family business sector, are simply unlikely to get enough from the sale to fund their retirement. To read more about this, please go to the original article “No exit for family business” that was sent to me by electronics expert Ray Keefe of Successful Endeavours in Melbourne.

Get More For Your Business

With millions of baby boomers nearing retirement, thousands of businesses are about to be put up for sale in the next few years, which could result in an oversupply, forcing the price of businesses down. In a previous post, I discussed the impact on family businesses. The situation could possibly escalate to the point where some businesses end up closing up shop because they are unable to get a good price for their life’s blood, sweat and tears.

Small business owners should start planning at least three years before retirement to get the best possible price for a business. This is to ensure profitability is satisfactory, the risks that can be mitigated are addressed for the future owner and most importantly, the tax implications of a sale are properly considered and planned for.

5 Tips “How to get the top price for your business”

  1. Understand HOW your business will be valued by the buyer(s). Business owners notorioulsy have an inflated view of what their business is worth, but an operating business is typically valued by applying a multiple to the earnings achieved by that business where past results are a guide to future earnings, with the multiple representing the perceived risk in the business. This is easier said than done. In our Business Mastery Platinum Program, we’ve shown people how to ensure this is done methodically and systematically – WITHOUT hiring an expensive business broker.
  2. Look at it from the buyer’s POINT OF VIEW. All buyers are cautious and seek to assess the likely future levels of profitability and how much risk will be taken on to achieve that profitability. It’s often beneficial to engage a third party, such as an accounting firm, to undertake an assessment and valuation of your business. Ideally, they should act as if they are acting for a potential buyer with all the apprehension, doubt and cynicism that involves. This process helps determine readiness for sale by identifying issues which, if rectified, will increase the value of the business for sale. I don’t suggest you use a business broker to do this – remember his/her vested interest is to lure you into selling AT ANY PRICE so he/she gets a commission!
  3. Identify risks to your future profitability. This is called Sensitivity analysis is the study of how the variation (uncertainty) in the output of a mathematical model can be apportioned, qualitatively or quantitatively, to different sources of variation in the input of the model. Put another way, it is a technique for systematically changing parameters in a model to determine the effects of such changes. That mathematical model is what I call Management By Metrics™ that are derived from your Pathways To Profits™. Typical risks you need to include are shown below. If not rectified, these factors could have a significant impact on the value of the business.
  • Dependence on a few key customers and suppliers,
  • Revenue streams not protected by contracts,
  • Intellectual property which has not been protected,
  • Insufficient diversification of products or services and
  • Dependence on key employees who are not locked in.

4. Can the business operate without you? Most small business owners are very hands-on in their business. They hold all the key relationships with customers and suppliers, hire and fire all the staff, control the finances and set strategy. An owner-centric business will not be attractive to a buyer because the risk to future profitability after the owner’s departure is too great. While there is some value and risk reduction in key employees holding some of the key relationships, this is what I call building a business no one wants to buy. With enough time, you can properly structure the business to transfer those key relationships to key employees which brings us to the last point.

5. Consider KEY employees in your exit and sale of the business. Retention of key staff is paramount for a new owner. This reduces the risk and flows on to an increase in the value of the business for obvious reasons. It’s important to communicate any exit or business sale plans with key staff as early as possible to gain their support and avoid any unexpected surprises. Ensuring that staff transferring to the new owner are looked after will assist in any transition and enhance the value of the business. Who knows, existing key staff might be prospective buyers of the business! “People buying a business are looking for traps or hidden risks. The quality of the information you provide to a prospective buyer  about your business must be truthful and fully transparent. You have to be able to provide a credible answer as to why you are selling, be prepared to be restrained from acting in competition to the purchaser among several other considerations.

If you get started now, documenting your Management By Metrics™ and Pathways To Profits™, you’ll not only substantially increase the value of your business, you’ll attract more buyers, potentially eliminating the need to deal with an expensive business broker.

We STILL want to buy your business

I made a blog post about this about a week ago asking if you wanted to sell your business and our investors are still waiting, with cash in hand…

The requirements include:

  • They must occupy the senior management position in the business;
  • They must have substantial ownership interests in the business. In this respect,
  • It’s preferred he / she own 100% interests in the business;
  • They must employ at least one employee to work in the business;
  • The business turnover is at least $200,000 per annum.

If you have or know of a business that fits this criteria, post a comment and I’ll get back to you.

Onward and upward!

Dr Marc Dussault


If you’re looking to sell your business in 1, 2 or 3 years and want to get MAXIMUM CASH for it, you really need to consider the Business Mastery Platinum Program to increase it’s value now rather than later, but that’s a discussion for another day.

Right now, we have people who WANT TO BUY A BUSINESS!

Want to Sell Your Business?

If you’re interested to sell your business, we’ve got several investors who have contacted us who want to buy businesses…

If your business is producing $200,000+ in annual sales with at least one employee other than yourself and does not require a license or franchise to be run, we have several investors and entrepreneurs who want to invest between $100,000 and $500,000.

Please post a comment on this blog if you want to consider selling your business.

Because of the success of our programs, that GUARANTEE RESULTS, we now have people contacting us to BUY businesses that we recommend.

If you would like to sell your business in 1, 2 or 3 years from now, you definitely want to consider our Business Mastery Platinum Program. It will double, triple or quadruple your business’ value.

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That’s it for today.

Onward and upward!
Dr Marc Dussault

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