Building a valuable company
How to Avoid the Switzerland Valuation Discount
The Swiss are known to value their independence. They don’t use the Euro currency despite being sandwiched between France and Germany, and they never officially picked sides in the World Wars for fear of tying their wagon too closely to one geopolitical regime over the other.
That’s why we give the name the Switzerland Structure to a business model that is set up to be free of a reliance on a key customer, employee, or supplier.
You probably already know that a customer or employee dependenc…
Stop Selling Your Time
If your goal is to build a more valuable company, stop selling your time.
Billing by the hour or day means customers are renting your time rather than buying a result, which means that your business model lacks leverage. To grow, you need to either work harder or hire more people. Since it can take months to ramp up new employees, fast growth is just about impossible.
One of the eight factors that acquirers look for in the businesses they invest in is your company's Growth Potential. Simply p…
Why the Future of Your Business Is Critical to Its Value
As a business owner, you’re likely proud of the results you’ve achieved in the past, but when it comes to the value of your business, your future is critical. That’s why your growth potential is one of eight factors that drive the value of your business.
One metric that acquirers may use to evaluate your growth potential is your revenue per employee.
Alphabet (Google’s parent company) generates around $1.3 million in revenue per employee. Compare that to the advertising agency WPP Group, whose…
The Hidden Danger of Cross-Selling
You've likely heard the adage that it is far easier to cross-sell an existing customer a new product than it is to find a new customer.
And if your goal is to grow at all costs, then cross-selling makes sense.
However, all of that sales growth may not do much for the value of your company. If you cross-sell your existing customers too much stuff, it could make your business far less valuable.
When you cross-sell a customer so many things that they begin to account for more than 15–30% of you…
10 Resolutions That Will Boost the Value of Your Company
Finally, 2020 is in the books.
If your goal is to build a more valuable company in 2021, here are some New Year’s resolutions to consider:
- Stop chasing revenue. A bigger company is not necessarily a more valuable one if the extra sales come from products and services that are too reliant on you to deliver them.
- Start surveying your customers using the Net Promoter Score methodology. It’s a fast and easy way for your customers to give you feedback, and it’s predictive of y…