54 min

Strategies for Buying a Business with Elliott Holland, Guardian Due Diligence Beyond 8 Figures

    • Entrepreneurship

Due diligence is about more than just the numbers! In this episode, Elliott Holland and A.J. discuss some of the key strategies for buying a business using A.J.’s recent deal that fell through as a case study. Elliott explains why the qualitative elements of a business are as important as the quantitative components, the value of having an advisor during the acquisition process, and how to decide whether a particular business is a good fit for YOU.
About Elliott Holland:
Elliott Holland, “reformed engineer”, the founder and Managing Director of Guardian Due Diligence, is an expert in small and medium-sized business acquisitions. He has over ten years of experience executing middle-market deals, and his company is filling the void of options that exist for smaller acquisitions. 
Episode highlights:
If you are thinking of buying a business, create a list of (very specific) dealbreakers. These are the factors that will cause you to walk away from the deal. An example might be: “I don't feel I can run the business from day one without the seller.” (02:33)A QoE (Quality of Earnings) is traditionally just a quantitative analysis, but in small-medium business deals, the qualitative components are just as important. In this particular case, the downward trend in the numbers wouldn’t have been a dealbreaker if the foundational core of the business had been strong. (13:41)Don’t underestimate the importance of having an advisor during the acquisition process. The role of an advisor is not to say whether a deal is good or bad but rather to ask you questions that will make you think about whether you feel it is something worth pursuing. (17:56)Don’t believe everything you are told. Oftentimes, people attribute issues incorrectly. That is why it is so important to have good due diligence on your side. (19:17)Make sure that the business you buy is a good fit for YOU. There are so many businesses out there you could buy and play some kind of role in, but you need to make sure that it is the role you really want. (25:00)Just because we are currently in a tougher market doesn’t mean great deals can’t be done; it just means you may need to work a little bit harder, negotiate a bit better, and make sure you are getting updated financials! (37:42)Elliott’s best advice for entrepreneurs:
“People know that they need a QOE. They don’t always know that they need advisory work in the process.” (28:00)Connect with Elliott:
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Due diligence is about more than just the numbers! In this episode, Elliott Holland and A.J. discuss some of the key strategies for buying a business using A.J.’s recent deal that fell through as a case study. Elliott explains why the qualitative elements of a business are as important as the quantitative components, the value of having an advisor during the acquisition process, and how to decide whether a particular business is a good fit for YOU.
About Elliott Holland:
Elliott Holland, “reformed engineer”, the founder and Managing Director of Guardian Due Diligence, is an expert in small and medium-sized business acquisitions. He has over ten years of experience executing middle-market deals, and his company is filling the void of options that exist for smaller acquisitions. 
Episode highlights:
If you are thinking of buying a business, create a list of (very specific) dealbreakers. These are the factors that will cause you to walk away from the deal. An example might be: “I don't feel I can run the business from day one without the seller.” (02:33)A QoE (Quality of Earnings) is traditionally just a quantitative analysis, but in small-medium business deals, the qualitative components are just as important. In this particular case, the downward trend in the numbers wouldn’t have been a dealbreaker if the foundational core of the business had been strong. (13:41)Don’t underestimate the importance of having an advisor during the acquisition process. The role of an advisor is not to say whether a deal is good or bad but rather to ask you questions that will make you think about whether you feel it is something worth pursuing. (17:56)Don’t believe everything you are told. Oftentimes, people attribute issues incorrectly. That is why it is so important to have good due diligence on your side. (19:17)Make sure that the business you buy is a good fit for YOU. There are so many businesses out there you could buy and play some kind of role in, but you need to make sure that it is the role you really want. (25:00)Just because we are currently in a tougher market doesn’t mean great deals can’t be done; it just means you may need to work a little bit harder, negotiate a bit better, and make sure you are getting updated financials! (37:42)Elliott’s best advice for entrepreneurs:
“People know that they need a QOE. They don’t always know that they need advisory work in the process.” (28:00)Connect with Elliott:
LinkedInTwitterWebsite
Resources Mentioned:
HLQ Score Card Follow Beyond 8 Figures:
LinkedInTwitterWebsite

54 min