Operating costs. Nobody likes them, but every body realizes that without them a business doesn’t operate.
Of course, all businesses build theses costs into the price a consumer pays. This is the bare basics of a transaction. However, smart businesses are always looking for ways to reduce their operating costs for the purpose of either reducing the consumer price or increasing their profit margin.
If you pay your phone, the internet, and site-hosting bills to different vendors then your company is leaking money. This is simply because you are only receiving individual service rates from each provider.
Give each of your providers a call and tell them what other services and bills you have in your office and ask for a consolidated quote. For example, your phone company can also handle your internet, business landline, employee cell devices, along with managing your website. If billed together, the cost savings are noticeable for a business owner.
Renegotiate your terms
If you like the vendor relationships that you have and would prefer to keep your services segmented, you can still save on these services. It is likely that you are still on rates and prices that, while good for when you signed up years ago, are now outdated and higher than what is currently available. A quick call to your providers can get you an updated rate that can save you money instantly on your overheads.
Do you know what the difference is between a regular blue pen and one with a nice sponge and a special kind of ink that writes smoother? About $1.75 per unit. Once you consider just how many units your office purchases each month, and then over the year, this small price quickly adds up.
Not just for your pens, but for all of your stationery items, speak with your supplier about switching to their branded products. Most smart office supply companies now provide products from their own range. While these products are often basic, they offer appealing price points for quality products.
Do You Need a Nice Office?
If you regularly see clients at your office then you likely want to show them the best impression possible. This often means housing your entire staff in a central and expensive location. However, all of your staff may not need to work from the same office.
For example, only your client focusing roles really need to be located in an office to receive guests and clients physically. Your support staff and admin crew who spend much of their day browsing sites like the Groupon Coupons page for Sam’s Club are likely to be able to manage their work from a cheaper suite-style location and commute to the central office when and if they are needed.
It isn’t always easy to find ways to cut costs in your own business because you see each part as essential, however, these are four great tips for you to consider which can have a real positive impact on your company’s bottom line.