For small and startup businesses, every cent really does count and making sure that you take good care of the financial aspect of your business can play an important role in mitigating the risks of having a startup. There are a few changes that businesses can make to cut some unnecessary costs.

Consider having a mobile office structure

In today’s digitally driven environment, having a formally rented office space rapidly becoming a thing of the past. The rent, utilities and insurance fees that come along with a permanently rented office space can eat away at your company’s profits and, if your startup is one that doesn’t fundamentally require a fixed office space, cutting this expense can make a huge impact on your bottom line. Studies have shown that it can even improve the happiness and efficiency of your employees and you won’t be limited to your regional hiring pool either.

Optimize your home office spaces to be as energy efficient as possible

As well as being kinder to the environment, having an energy efficient home office space can save you a substantial amount of money on overhead costs such as utilities and rates. Your home office being as energy efficient as possible can save you and your employees a substantial amount of money. And even if not all businesses are able to work remotely, having an office space that operates as efficiently as possible can help to minimize any additional costs and provide a healthier and more budget friendly work space.

Create and stick to a formal budget

This should generally go without saying, but you would be surprised at how few startups actually create let alone follow their budgets. Your budget should be clear, but also allow for flexibility and shouldn’t be designed to hinder your business’s growth or freedom. It is advisable to establish price “ranges” for your anticipated startup business costs and your business should use these estimates as a means to maintain a hold on your business spending. Another key aspect of your business’s financial health is making sure that you keep accurate and up to date financial records, so that you can have a real time view of your financial position.

Make us of the inexpensive design resources available online

Because your brand is one of the most important aspects of your business, you would naturally want to make sure that you have the very best for your business. Professional graphic designers can be extremely costly but given the multitude of resources that are now available online, generating your logo and other design elements using tools like the TRUiC logo maker can be a very cost effective decision for your business.

Utilise outsourcing and freelancing

Instead of hiring in-house staff to manage the digital and copywriting needs of your company, when you’re just getting your business off the ground, outsourcing these areas of your business to professionals who have the capacity and knowledge to do the tasks properly can prove to be a more cost effective and efficient method of getting things done.

Bring your own device

Purchasing laptops and other media devices requires a large capital investment and can be an unnecessary cost to your business, especially considering the depreciation on tech assets, requesting that employees bring their own devices and potentially offering them a subsidy or any other benefit in return can keep your sunk costs low and help maintain your startup cashflow.

Understand how tax deductions will work

The IRS implements a business tax structure for startups that incentivise growth of small companies. This can be extremely helpful to your company and knowing which aspects of your company, including marketing, advertising, utilities as well as additional operational and startup costs are all tax deductible can make a huge difference to your business’s bottom line.

Negotiate, negotiate, negotiate.

Most business owners understand just how important it is to get the best possible deal as well as what a vital role offering securing a loyal customer plays in the success of your business. Don’t forget to ask and see if a company you’re dealing with can offer you a better deal, they might surprise you!

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