10 Day Sprint – Day 7: Know Your Worth – Unraveling Business Valuation

Spoiler Alert! This ties directly into my business solutions.

But that is not why I’m discussing this today (well at least not 100% why. 😊.)

Understand what drives the value of your business, so you can make smarter decisions and profitably grow it.

That is unless you want a business that is just a job.
One that you are happy to shut down the day you retire,

If that’s not what you want, you need a business that’s an asset – meaning you need to keep track of its value so it does what you want it to when you’re ready to exit.

So what is Business Valuation?
Your business is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.

So business valuation is just estimating what your business would be worth to a potential buyer.

You can get a clearer picture of your business’ financial health, growth potential, and how it compares to competitors by looking at it through the eyes of a hypothetical buyer. It’s key for making decisions about mergers, acquisitions, or investment.

Common Valuation Methods
Several methods can be used to estimate your business’s value. Here are three popular approaches:

  1. Income-based approach: This method calculates the business value based on its capacity to generate income and provide cash to its owners. It projects and estimates the total future cash flows and discounts it to a present value after considering the risk, or predictability of these future cash flows.
  2. Asset-based approach: This method focuses on the business’s tangible and intangible assets, minus its liabilities. It’s suitable for businesses with substantial physical assets or when valuing a business for liquidation.
  3. Market-based approach: This method compares your business to similar businesses in your industry that have been sold recently. It uses metrics such as price-to-earnings ratios, price-to-sales ratios, or industry-specific multipliers to determine the business value.

This is popular but keep in mind that it might not be accurate for your business because of how it differs from others. This method is useful as a general guideline, but the income based approach (or Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) method) are often more “suitable” for a valuation in a specific situation.

How to Compare Your Business with Industry Peers
After valuing your business, it’s useful to compare the drivers of its value to industry-specific benchmarks or key performance indicators (KPIs).

  • Revenue growth
  • Profit margin
  • Customer Lifetime Value
  • Cash Flow Timing

Compare your business’s performance with industry averages to identify areas of strength and potential improvement.

Why is Business Valuation Important?
Understanding your business’s value has several benefits:

Informed decision-making: Business valuation provides vital information for making strategic decisions about growth, investment, or potential exit strategies.

Negotiation power: Knowing your business’s value can help you negotiate better deals in mergers, acquisitions, or investment discussions.

Measuring success: Regular business valuation helps you track your company’s growth and progress over time.

Fulfilling its purpose: If you own your business to build an asset that you rely on to support your lifestyle or to fund your retirement, than like any other asset, you need to track and measure its performance. In other words, its underlying value.

Keep Up with Changes
Your business value can change over time due to market fluctuations, competition, and internal factors. Regularly re-evaluating your business value ensures that you stay on top of these changes and make well-informed decisions.

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