If you want tools to increase the value of your business or want a refreshing view on business valuation from a recovering CPA, this blog is for you. You can join our tribe here. Thank you, Josh Horn, CPA/ABV, CVA, Horn Valuation


Did You Count Your Inventory?

By josh | October 1, 2018

Did you know understating your inventory understates income (and vice versa)? If you carry inventory, managing it is no easy task. In fact, I’m amazed how many businesses still rely on the old fashioned “counting” method. Quick Accounting 101 on this. If you understate your inventory, you have more on hand than what your books … Read more


Are Those Losses Real? This is How You Find Out

By josh | September 24, 2018

Hey everyone, Whether you’re running a business or buying one, it’s important to understand losses. By “losses”, I mean when expenses exceed sales. In simplest terms, it’s when the income statement or profit and loss shows a negative number. You don’t need to immediately panic. You need to review the causes. Here’s my list for … Read more


Don’t Gamble with Divorce Tax Returns

By josh | September 17, 2018

If you’re concerned about using a business tax return for child support, maintenance, and assets in your divorce case, you’re in the right place. It’s a dangerous gamble unless you know what to do. Learn how you can spot the seven red flags and fix them. We begin with a typical business tax return, walk through … Read more


Busy Means Nothing. What are You Busy Doing?

By josh | July 27, 2018

I do my best not to “hate” anything. It burns you up inside and takes away from the good you can offer the world. I’m making an exception for this. I absolutely detest the word BUSY, and I’m making it my mission to kill it. Every time I ask someone how they are, and they … Read more

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This Is How to Not Pay Too Much for That Business

By josh | June 15, 2018

Are you thinking about buying a business? Are you a “do-it-yourselfer”–someone unlikely to hire someone like me to decide whether the price is right? I can’t stop you even though I’d like to scream, “No! Wait! Do you know you could pay too much without a valuation analyst? Too much as in $10,000, $50,000, $100,000, … Read more


Do You Need a Business Valuation? Here’s a Framework to Help You.

By josh | December 4, 2017

Would you prefer to watch the video instead of reading?  The video is right here and here: https://youtu.be/2-swTmhbBUw. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this and how I can help you answer this question.  Do you need a business valuation or do you need your business valued?  The key “big picture” question you should … Read more

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Not Knowing This Will Cost You Big Time

By josh | July 5, 2017

Recently, I’ve run into some situations where someone was trying to value a business by cobbling the assets together as the only method.  This is Part 1 of a series addressing goodwill in a business.   Picture a business as a plain old plastic bucket.  And into that bucket, we’re going to pour things like … Read more


Why Your Business Won’t Sell and How to Fix It

By josh | June 21, 2017

If you’re trying to sell your business, I’m going to give you the absolute best advice I can right here.  I’ve been engaged to help a potential buyer several times—only to have the deal fall apart before it got started.  This is written from the perspective of buyers on what caused problems in order of … Read more