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Warren Buffett is famous for investing in companies with a protective “moat” around them. The deeper and wider the moat, the harder it is for competitors to compete. In addition, an enduring competitive advantage also gives an owner more control over pricing, which increases both profitability and cash flow.
Imagine a playground teeter-totter that can move in only two directions – when one end goes down, the other must go up. The same is true of the value of your company as it relates to your cash flow
A financial acquirer sees buying a business as paying today for a stream of profits in the future, which is why companies are generally bought and sold using a multiple of earnings. But focusing on your multiple is a little bit like a hypertensive person focusing on his or her blood pressure report. To really understand the number and to move it up or down, you must understand the calculations.
The 58 million dollar question… After years of toil or as your startup skyrockets up the growth curve, at some point you’re going to ask yourself what your business is actually worth.
As a business owner, you probably got into business for yourself because you had an idea for a product or service you were passionate about. You launched your venture and made some mistakes along the way, but through grit and hard work, you turned your idea into a success.