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27 Apr

What is a business appraisal review?

Posted in General valuation topics, Valuation dictionary on 27.04.10

I recently earned the ABAR (Accredited for Business Appraisal Review)  designation from the Institute of Business Appraisers.   The ABAR process is not a valuation, but a review of the valuation process.  The resulting business appraisal review opinion states whether the valuation report is credible.

The valuation process  is based on a body of knowledge and generally accepted appraisal practices.  The appraiser applies his or her informed judgment, based on the facts and circumstances related to the business to arrive at an opinion or conclusion of value.  The appraiser then documents the relevant information and explanations, supporting his or her conclusions in a valuation (or appraisal) report.

The business appraisal review process examines the credibility of the valuation work product, looking at the information in the report and the methodologies used.   If a report fails to disclose sufficient information, has analytical gaps or misapplies methodology, it may be found to lack credibility.

There are three types of review opinions:  a finding of concurrence, a finding of non-concurrence and a finding of no opinion.    A finding of concurrence indicates that the report is credible.  When there is insufficient information for the reviewer to issue a review opinion, a finding of no opinion will be issued.

A business appraisal review is not an opinion regarding the value of a business.  It cannot take the place of a full appraisal as a second opinion.

If you have questions regarding when a business appraisal review is needed, you can post or question or email me.

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22 Apr

Does an operations manual add value to a business?

Posted in General valuation topics on 22.04.10

Simply, yes.  When you create systems that will allow your business operations to be transferable with minimal interruption , you create value.  A business has value only when the ability to keep generating cash flow can be transferred.  Read more about business plans from Julia Aquino of The HOW Factor, Inc. ( below.

Julia writes:

The “Hit By a Bus” Plan

No one plans to be hit by a bus, of course, but what if a sudden, unexpected event occurred in your life? Accidents do happen, as do other significant events that require a business owner to be away from the business for a lengthy period of time. If this happens to you, who will be running your business bright and early the next morning?

If the answer to that question is that the doors would close, maybe not the next day, but soon, then it is time for you to have a plan. In this tightening economy, most businesses could not afford to shut down for even a short time without losing customers and suffering devastating financial consequences.

Whether it is just you running your business or you have a team of loyal employees, someone is depending on your business to continue to operate should the unthinkable happen. What would happen to your family and the families of your employees if no one else were able to run your business in your absence?

The key to business continuation is having a detailed Operations Manual with instructions for “how things are done.” It should cover all of the different systems you have in place and descriptions of the different positions employees hold in your company. If someone can step in and have a written guide to how the business is run, even if they are unfamiliar with the day-to-day processes, then your business has a chance of surviving, and thriving.

An Operations Manual is the master plan for how your business operates, and should cover all of the “steps” you keep in your head. The content of a manual will vary from business to business because the systems that each business uses are different, but the basic structure of an Operations Manual should be consistent. Even the simplest things should be included, like passwords to access the computers and accounts.

If you have no employees, it is just as critical to have a manual so that your family, friends, or other designated individual can step in and answer clients’ questions, retrieve their projects and information, and keep the bills paid until you are able to return to the helm. In fact, having an Operations Manual can be a selling point for solo practitioners when pitching the company to clients. They may wonder who will handle their work or their concerns if you are temporarily away from the business.

An Operations Manual means the difference between a business that can run while you are out of the office, and one that cannot. It will alleviate the stress of wondering what will happen to your company if you are “hit by a bus.”

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