The global rise in the cost of living is putting businesses across America out of work. This article contains hints and tips on what you can do to save money and potentially save your business in the process.
SMEs have had it tough recently. First, there was the impact of Covid in 2020, followed by years of uncertainty that have not ended yet to end. There were the extra safety measures, the reputation damages, and the loss of loyal customers. California businesses took a huge hit. Bloomberg reported on the many covid bankruptcies. Now, two short years later, are any of us truly back on track? With soaring prices in the face of a fragile economy and a housing market heading swiftly south – businesses need all the help they can get to save themselves money.
Money Saving Hacks for your Business
Before you sell your commercial property to the bank or declare yourself penniless, here are some money-saving hacks you can apply to your business.
Scale Down your Buildings
With so much of our tech now able to facilitate the Working from Home lifestyle, is there any need to keep up with offices? If your business is public facing or requires the technology, equipment, and space, then there are still ways you can scale down or save yourself money. Take the model of coworking Singapore uses. This allows different companies to rent out rooms in the same office space. You can downsize, open your space up to sharing, or rent a single room. It’s your choice.
Update your tech
Updating out-of-date technology means you work smarter, not harder. You will increase your productivity by ditching all the machinery that slows you down. Any increase in production becomes an increase in profits over time. Updating your technology also allows you to shave off energy costs. Outdated tech takes more power to run and cool. You could save on tech, production, and energy bills.
Check Your Wastage
If you run your own business, you often must remember to oversee all the little parts where the costs add up. For example, if you don’t check your waste levels, you could be pouring profit away. Wastage occurs during production on the factory line. It can happen if quality control is not tight enough. You might experience wastage during shipping when pallets return to you because they are bashed or not stored correctly.
Checking your wastage level means systematically going through each stage of the process to eliminate waste. Common areas to look out for include shipping, packaging, warehouse storage, and stock rotation.
Maintain your Factory Floor
Another way to make more money in the production lies on your factory floor. Tweaking those mechanical arms to operate even five seconds faster could lead to the production of thousands more items each year. Increasing the effectiveness of factory robotics means improving your ROI enough that the tweak pays for itself in the first quarter.
Taking Care of the Cents
If you take care of the cents, the dollars will care for themselves.