The Recurring Revenue Bump

Last month, Darden, the owner of the Olive Garden restaurant chain, announced it was acquiring Ruth’s Chris, the legendary American steakhouse, for $715 million, implying a valuation of around one times last year’s annual revenue, or about ten times their adjusted EBITDA for 2022. Not bad for a giant company, but Ruth’s Chris’s value was […]

3 Things to Consider When You Hit “The Freedom Point”

When was the last time you calculated the percentage of your net worth tied to your company’s value? When you started your business, its value was probably negligible. Unless you purchased or inherited your company, it wasn’t worth much when you opened your doors, but over time, the proportion of your assets tied to your […]

The purest way to increase the value of your business

Picture a magic slot machine. Each time you pull the arm, you make back a multiple of whatever you wagered. How much time would you devote to cranking that arm? When it comes to the value of your business, you can make many bets, but only one has a virtually guaranteed return. Most companies are valued […]

How to Protect Your Equity When Your Business Is Thirsty for Cash

When it comes to financing the growth of your business, you may find yourself facing a difficult choice between the lesser of two evils. Selling shares in your business can provide an immediate cash injection, but it means giving up some of your valuable equity stake. Borrowing money from a bank, on the other hand, […]

How First Impressions Can Drive the Value of Your Business

The initial impression customers have of your business often influences how much they decide to spend with your company. This is well known, but have you ever considered how first impressions affect the way potential investors value your business? When raising capital, investors’ initial perception of your business significantly impacts their valuation, affecting both the […]

3 Invisible Gates That Stop Most Companies Flat

How many people can one person manage? Harvard Business Review estimates the ideal range for an experienced manager is between five and nine direct reports. Inc. pegs the sweet spot at seven. The ratio of managers to direct reports matters because it explains why some companies grow and others plateau. Every business is different, but […]

5 Ways to Get Your Business to Run Without You 

How well does your company run when you don’t show up for work? The answer to this question has a significant impact on the value of your business. Suppose your company could survive your absence for a while. In that case, you will score well on something referred to as “Hub & Spoke,” a driver […]

One Personality Trait Most Successful Entrepreneurs Share

Survey a group of founders about the personality traits that made them successful, and they will be quick to use words like determination, sacrifice, and hard work. Others will show more humility and chalk their success up to personality traits like curiosity. Still others will credit dumb luck. However, there is another personality trait that […]

Systematize Your Business (Without Making it Boring)

Have you ever noticed that you get some of your best ideas in the shower? Every morning, you’re stuck there for a few minutes doing something you’ve done since you were a child. Your mind knows it has a couple of minutes to think.  Employees get the same mental holiday when you specialize and give them […]

TAM vs. Target

As you enter the fourth quarter of the year, you may be starting to think about your marketing plans for 2023. Terms like Total Addressable Market (TAM) and Target Market may surface in your planning, and you could be tempted to use them interchangeably. However, your TAM and your target market are related but slightly […]