If you are new to business valuation the new concepts and terminology may be confusing at first. Even for business people familiar with the financial information such as income statements and balance sheets, the language of business appraisal takes a little getting used to.

The typical questions you may have are:

  • What is business valuation?
  • Why are there so many methods to value a company?
  • Which methods are best for my particular business?
  • What does this term mean?
  • How do I create and report a business valuation?

ValuAdder helps you get a firm grasp of the fundamentals and then quickly progress to being able to create accurate and defensible business valuations. A big part of this is the ValuAdder Learning and Information Center that is integrated into the software.

The Center serves as a comprehensive help system and a reference resource as you do your work. Click on the Overview link on the Start screen and you are immediately taken to an orientation section for your ValuAdder software system.

From there it is just a click to get to the business valuation guide for an idea of what business appraisal is all about. Next, you can review the various approaches to valuing a company and the actual calculation methods you can use.

How can a particular method help you? Take a look at the Tutorial, each method in ValuAdder has one. See what assumptions and inputs are needed for the method and how it works in the context of a typical business valuation. Once familiar with a method, you can create a tool in ValuAdder and perform the calculation.

Keep that Learning and Info Center window open. As a handy reference, consider using the How-to sections on each method as a quick reminder. In addition, many typical business valuation situations are described in the best practices section. What do business people look for in valuation of specific types of companies? How is business valuation for divorce different from a business sale? You can find answers for your own company valuation.

See an unfamiliar term? Search in the Glossary included with your Center. Each term you are likely to encounter in your valuation is defined and explained, along with examples of its use in a typical business appraisal.

It is a good idea to keep the Learning and Info Center open as you do your analysis. The Center window is always there and you can get help with a mouse click. If you can’t see the answer right away, use the search function to look for answers.

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