If there is one thing pretty much all entrepreneurs and company owners have in common, it is wanting to save on business costs. This is true whatever the size of your company, the industry you work in, and how long you have been in business. There is lots of advice out there about how you can save money, but sometimes the suggestions involve dubious cost-cutting methods that you might not be comfortable with. So here are four ideas for ways to cut costs whilst still maintaining high standards.
Outsource some of your services
It can be easy to get overwhelmed with all the different aspects of running a company and hiring specialist staff to handle them all can quickly cause costs to increase. Instead, consider keeping your full-time staff to a minimum and hiring external companies to deal with other aspects of your business for you. From human resources and accounting to IT services, a wide variety of your tasks can be outsourced. This not only saves you money, but it also frees up your time to focus on the key aspects of your work. Plus it gives you , who you might not otherwise be able to work with.
Become more environmentally friendly
People often think that going green costs more money, but this is far from the case. Simple changes such as using double-sided printing instead of single-sided, ensuring all of your computers and other types of electronic equipment are switched off every night, and changing to energy-efficient light bulbs will save you money on electricity bills, paper, and so on. You could also consider installing automatic lights that turn off when no one is around, or water-saving toilets and taps in the bathrooms. On top of reducing your costs, becoming more environmentally friendly is also great PR for your company!
Consider how you advertise
Advertising is often considered to be an essential business cost and of course, in many ways it is. However, there is a multitude of different ways in which you can advertise, some of which are much cheaper than others. Try leaning into your social media presence, using , and offering your expertise to be featured in publications and other media sources. All of these tactics can boost your company’s reputation without costing you anything.
Embrace remote working
Remote working is a fact of life that many businesses have been forced to accept lately thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, but even once the world returns to normal you might want to reconsider having your staff back in the office. Allowing people to work from home could enable you to move to a smaller – and cheaper – office space, plus reduce costs incurred from heating, air conditioning, lighting, and powering hardware. It is also likely to and make you a more popular employer, as well as open up possibilities to hire talented staff from anywhere in the world.