As a business owner, you should always be looking for new and efficient ways of bringing your business costs down. This is something you should look at at a minimum of once per month, as it’s so easy for these costs to creep up. Below, we’ll take a look at a few ways you can try to bring your business costs down:

  1. Automate And Outsource 

Automating and outsourcing business processes is a great way to free up time, and therefore a great way to get more done and bring costs down. Although the software/freelancer you hire may initially cost more, in the long run, you will find that your finances are in much better shape and the level of work you’re getting done is better. 

  1. Become More Eco-Friendly 

Being more eco-friendly doesn’t just benefit the planet – it’ll benefit your wallet, too! You can become more eco-friendly in a number of ways. See below for ideas:

  • Switch your lightbulbs
  • Make sure everybody turns their equipment off before they leave – especially on weekends
  • Use recycled items 
  • Recycle
  • Work with eco-friendly suppliers
  • Encourage carpooling or walking/biking to work 

Don’t stop there – find other smart ways of being more eco-friendly. Could you make your packaging more eco-friendly? Time to brainstorm! 

  1. Get Rid of The Dead Weight 

If you have employees that simply aren’t pulling their weight, it could be time to get rid of them. You must do this properly, of course – you won’t be able to just kick them out. You’ll need to have a meeting, explain the situation, and give them the chance to improve. Depending on your location, you may need to give them further warnings and record them before you can let them go. Getting rid of employees that slack might keep your costs down, but you don’t want to get into trouble for unfair dismissal or anything of the sort. 

 

  1. Find Smart Ways Of Ensuring Product Longevity

Ensuring product longevity by putting a focus on quality means you’ll have fewer returns and complaints, both immediately and later on down the line. Doing something as simple as switching to cu plating could make a huge difference. Cu plating provides valuable corrosion protection and improves wear resistance of the surface. This could help you to create a longer-lasting overall product and happier customers. 

  1. Make The Most Of Your Time

Shorten the working day and you will be forced to get more done in a shorter space of time. You might find that this makes you more productive. Employees will likely enjoy the shortened working day, too. 

  1. Buy Refurbished Equipment

There are very few reasons you’d need to buy brand new equipment. Look for second hand, refurbished equipment instead and you’ll save a fortune while helping the planet. 

  1. Create And Stick To A Business Budget

An effective business budget is key if you’re going to keep business costs down. Knowing your numbers and sticking to a budget, ensuring you look at it every few weeks (to make sure improvements can’t be made) will help you to stay on top of your costs. 

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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