One of the best ways to keep a business running smoothly—no matter its size or the industry it belongs to—is to continuously find ways to save money. By saving on overhead and operating costs without sacrificing the quality of the products or services provided to customers, a business can keep itself well afloat for years to come while also keeping its customers happy. This can easily lead to the business’ rapid and prosperous growth, as well as ensuring its profitability in the long term.
Here are some easy-to-remember tips on how to save money while keeping your business running.
Use recycled office supplies
When it comes to essential office supplies, consider buying recycled products. These can include everything from paper, desktop accessories, office file folders, plastic envelopes, plastic binders, plastic clipboards, presentation folders, and most importantly, printer ink cartridges. After all, when it comes to office supplies that can be prohibitively expensive, nothing comes close to printer ink cartridges.
Printer ink can run out fairly quickly, even in a small office that needs and produces a relatively small amount of documents. Important office documents such as memos, receipts, and contracts do need to have legible hard copies, after all. This makes printer ink an unavoidable expense, and to keep buying them in large quantities can easily strain your budget.
You can lessen this strain by buying generic ink cartridges instead of brand new ones from your first party vendor or your printer’s manufacturer. Generic or compatible ink cartridges are essentially replica cartridges that sport the same build and ink quality as their original counterparts, and they are perfectly compatible with the printer they’re specifically made for.
The only discernible difference is that they’re made by a third-party manufacturer, and so they don’t sport the same markings and branding that genuine OEM ink cartridges do. This lack of branding means that they carry a considerably cheaper price tag, allowing you to get much more ink cartridge mileage out of your budget.
Reduce paper consumption
Printing also means using paper, and paper costs money. Therefore, your business should strive to minimize the wasteful use of paper as much as possible. While the current trend is to go completely paperless, such as by using electronic forms for receipts, documents, memos and so on, your business may not be prepared to do away with paper entirely. This is especially true if your business relies on an actual printed material to get things done.
As such, you can instead take small measures to maximize your daily supply of paper and stretch it out as much as possible. When printing official documents, print on both sides of each sheet of paper. For internal documents or test printing, print on paper that’s already been used previously. This means saving any paper you’ve already printed on one side for later use. Finally, used paper can be sliced up into halves or quarters for sticky notes or simple note-taking. Every bit of saving goes a long way.
Buy used office equipment
Furnishing an office can also be an expensive affair, especially if you’re just moving in or making room for new employees. Save money by buying used office equipment instead of new ones, especially when it comes to furniture like desks, tables, computer chairs, file cabinets and so on. Secondhand office equipment is usually still in good condition and can be bought at a fraction of the price that their newer counterparts are sold for.
While used equipment may not look as attractive as they used to be, they’ll still be able to fulfill the purpose you bought them for, which is all you really need. Any blemishes or dings that you’ll have to put up with will be made up for by the huge savings you’ll be making.
Look into hiring freelancers or contractors
If you’re short on manpower but you really can’t justify or afford the expense of hiring more full-time employees, hire freelancers or contractors instead. Unlike new hires who are likely to need a lot more training and onboarding to actually contribute to your daily tasks, freelancers and contractors immediately come equipped with the skills and expertise necessary to help you out the moment you hire their services.
Best of all, they’ll only charge you for the work they do, which means that you don’t have to pay them a regular salary or even pay for their health insurance and other benefits. These results in massive savings that you’ll be able to funnel to your business operations.
Explore energy-saving technologies and practices
Energy consumption represents a significant portion of operating costs for many businesses, and this is why it is important to look into measures that will help your enterprise save money in this area. One of the things you can explore is installing solar energy solutions and passive solar heating technologies, which take advantage of the sun’s natural energy to provide energy and climate control for your business premises.
Other energy-saving practices include the simple act of turning off lights and equipment that are not in use, installing LED lighting solutions, purchasing energy-efficient appliances and equipment, performing commercial energy audits, and installing occupancy sensors that automatically adjust light and temperature settings.
Implement these money-saving practices for your business today, and you’ll be sure to keep your business healthy and profitable for the foreseeable future.