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When you run a business, you focus on one main thing – profit. You need your business to be profitable to make it worth your time. To keep it up and running. To pay your staff. To invest in progression and expansion. Of course, to maximise profit, you’re going to need to minimise your operating costs. This will leave a great profit margin and benefit you long term. But what can you do to reduce your business’ operating costs without impacting its quality and performance? Here are some suggestions that can really help.

Use a Consultant

A consultant will be able to look at your business’ affairs and determine where money is being spent well and where spending could be reduced. This will help to balance your spending and ensure that money isn’t being wasted, while profits are being maximised. Procore consulting services can help. Make sure to look for a consultant who specialises in the industry your business operates within. They will have specialist insight into different areas, as well as a good knowledge of what does work and what doesn’t work. Also seek out a consultant with good reviews, as this can give you confidence in their services. If they have a string of happy clients behind them, you are likely to have a good experience with them too.

Improve Staff Satisfaction and Retention Rates

Many businesses find themselves wasting a lot of money on repeatedly recruiting for the same role and having to train up new staff into the same position over and over. This is often the result of people leaving because they are dissatisfied when working for your company. The issue with this is that, yes, there may be other employees out there. But you need to value the ones you already have. There are so many reasons behind this, but the main one to focus on right now is how much it costs your business. Using recruitment companies. Training. Trying to keep up morale in the rest of your company. Instead, by treating your staff well and maximising staff satisfaction rates int he first place, you ewill see people remain in their seats for longer, beenfitng your company financially in the long run. Of course, there are countless ways to achieve this, but some to focus on include:

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  • Pay – how much do you pay your staff? Sure, you may feel like you’re saving money by paying minimum wage, but you will find that you benefit from much greater staff retention by paying just above market rate. This will prevent staff from leaving for other companies, as they’ll have it better staying with you.
  • Progression – happy staff are staff who feel they are progressing, rather than staying in a dead end job.
  • Bonuses – small bonuses and other rewards or incentives benefit your company in the long run, proving more than worth their investment.
  • Surveys – run anonymous surveys to gain insight into how your staff feel. Here, they will be able to suggest areas of your business that require focus and improvement. Acting on feedback can make all the difference.

Reduce Wastage

So many businesses generate so much waste. They invest in things that never get used, such as software that employees don’t even know they have access to. They purchase materials or ingredients that don’t ultimately end up being used. They leave lights on, run water that isn’t necessary and so much more, ultimately spending a lot of money on nothing. You should take a full look at everything your business regularly spends money on and determine whether your business is getting sufficient use out of it to justify its costs. Stop buying, or remove subscriptions to, anything that isn’t proving its worth. This may take a little time to carry out and implement, but you’ll save a lot in the long run.

Outsource

Sometimes, you could save money by outsourcing rather than hiring part time or full time staff. Of course, there’s a place for employees. Employees should complete tasks that need to be carried out on a daily basis. However, for tasks that are more one off and have less demand, you should look into outsourcing projects and tasks to third parties, such as freelancers, agencies or other businesses. This can prove a lot lower cost than committing to a salary, pension contributions, annual leave, sick pay and more.

These are a few starter steps towards reducing your business’ operating costs. Each should help to take you in the right direction.

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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