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Money Matters: Supporting Your Small Business

Cutting costs while building your business can be distressing, but if it is what you need to do to ensure the continued survival of your business, it is what you need to do. Once you approach the matter as a business goal and a necessary step on the path to business viability, you may even find that it helps to add value to your company.

As with any major business decisions, make sure to consult professionals before you make any large-scale changes. It can be tempting to make changes in reaction to events, but this may not be what is best for your business. The specific concern you are under may be easily solved by a professional such as an accident lawyer who can advise you on making your premises safer or a business accountant who can change the way you log and track your finances. These are decisions that affect the entirety of your business model and must not be undertaken without due consideration.

The money you spend on consulting the right people will save you money down the line when their suggestions allow you to apply cost-saving measures that streamline your business and help it to generate more profit.

Go Green

Replace every light in your office with LED bulbs and buy energy-efficient appliances. Your power bill will immediately start seeing the difference that these products can make. Look into Energy Star products to ensure that you are getting the right appliances.

The Right Advertising

Think about your target market, and evaluate your current form of advertising based on their buying behaviors. If your target demographic spends most of its time online and makes purchasing decisions based on online promotions and advertisements, do not spend money on traditional advertising.

It will not draw in the people you want, and online advertising is much more cost-effective. You can reach a larger audience and inspire people to share your promotional material because they enjoy it. This is much more value for money than a billboard on a busy street.

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Go Open-source

Do you need to purchase a bespoke and expensive software and server system? Protect your most valuable assets — customer information and accounting data — and release everything else to a cloud vendor. You will save a lot of money while also having access to all the resources an expensive system offers.

Work with Sponsors

You do not need to be able to foot the whole bill for an event. Work with partners and sponsors to cover the costs of holding an event to draw people in. Most sponsors are willing to support part or the whole of an event, depending on the amount of value-driven opportunities you can create for advertising their product.

Approach sponsors whose products are in the same field as your own services. This will make it easier to relate the two and can lead to sales if the sponsors’ customer base attends your event.

Simpler Packaging

It can be immensely tempting to have a fancy and colorful decorated packaging model, but you could be losing money unnecessarily. Today, consumers are concerned about the recyclable or reusable aspect of the packaging they receive their product in.

Reduce your packaging size, use biodegradable materials, and switch to an environmentally-friendly cushioning material. You will save a great deal of money as well as reduce your carbon footprint. Your customers will find more value in buying from your business and appreciate the ease of recycling the new packing materials.

Hire As-Needed

Full-time employees are wonderful if you need them, but if your business does not need people in an office for several hours a day, then you could do with redesigning your business model. The idea that people need to be at a desk to work is a holdover from an earlier time.

The pandemic-led telecommuting has demonstrated that people work harder and better when given the opportunity to work from home. Keep the staff you need, and then hire freelancers and independent contractors as you need them.

Finally, remember that all business is rooted in the barter system. If you do not have funds at this time, then consider offering services or products in return for goods and services. There are plenty of other small businesses that would be willing to find a way to work with you.

Accept the help and guidance they have to offer, learn from them, and help each other out. Businesses often grow due to their connections and are strengthened by the aid of valued partners.

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