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The Emotional Facet of Selling a Business

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The Emotional Facet of Selling a Business

By , July 12, 2021
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Amreeta Abbott started her career as an Accountant and Financial Advisor back in 2004, when technology solutions were rare, slow, and frustrating. She quickly realised her clients wanted to focus on flexibility and the ability to control their investments, and that technology to support this was underserved. So, when she started her own practice in 2005, she specialised and founded SMSF Strategies, with the vision to use technology to address the traditional friction points within the SMSF. Historically, manual processing made giving and implementing advice slow and expensive, and Amreeta sought to provide better solutions. This transitioned into a documentation process using world class technology and was further broadened to create Now Infinity – which was acquired by an ASX Listed Company in 2020 for $25 million. Amreeta discusses this exit strategy in detail, underlining the emotional struggle and process involved when selling your business.

Over the past 15 years, we have witnessed a rise in demand for tech-savvy accountants. Amreeta stresses how the methodology of valuing a business has drastically changed, with a constantly evolving range of tools and visibility now available. Her latest business venture, Annature, was built in mind for partners requiring an e-signing solution – such as real-estate agents & Xero. Released in July 2020, Annature quickly became Australia’s leading digital signature provider, purpose built for all industries. Annature saw huge success during Melbourne’s second lockdown last year, as companies which had never considered e-signatures as an option scrambled to adopt such technology.

Craig West

Craig West

Managing Director | Succession Plus

Craig West is a strategic accountant who has over 20 years’ experience advising business owners. His background as a CPA in public practice, provided invaluable experience in the key issues of concern to business owners. Following 6 years of study to gain two masters degrees, Craig focused on Capital Gains Tax (CGT) for business sales advising on strategic management of tax issues. This experience formed a very strong view that business owners (and often their advisers) were unprepared and unaware of the steps required to prepare a business for exit.

Craig now acts as a strategic mentor for mid-market business owners and has written four critically acclaimed books on employee incentives, succession planning, asset protection and exit strategies. Craig has conducted numerous seminars and keynote presentations throughout Australia & internationally, including adviser education programs for the Institute of Chartered Accountants and CPA Australia.

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