In an economy where having enough money for your business is the exception rather than the rule, it’s easy to get discouraged and to wonder how you can make it. It doesn’t help that the media plays into the picture of business owners losing their shirts.
The good news?
There are ways to save money – various ways to keep your shirt on and then some. Here are a few Money Management Tips for Business Owners that you’ll not want to forget.
Get the Help you Need Outside Your Business
Farm out as much of your work as possible. For instance, instead of having a full-time writer in house, hire a freelancer. Instead of hiring a full-time employee to handle your accounts, hire an accountant who can help you do it part-time. Online fax services can take some of the load as well. Invest in a service that can help you manage all the paperwork that goes in and out of your office.
Keep Your Business at Home
Take your business home. A building away from home is going to cost you in terms of utilities, insurance, rent, office supplies, employee benefits, insurance, wages, and a lot more. If you have a new business, keep it at home if you can, and grow it slowly.
Get Your Employees Involved
Don’t spend more than you earn. Gather your employees together and discuss ways to keep everyone happy and still save money in the process. Companies that want to remain in business will garner the help and ideas from their employees. These sacrifices may mean everyone will take a cut in pay, but many employees will take a cut if they know that everyone is doing it and that it will keep their jobs. Employees like the idea of being part of the solution.
Consider Trading Your Services for What you Need
Trade out your services in exchange for someone else’s; if you need accounting help, get the help from a professor who teaches the subject at a college. In exchange, help him with a lesson in return.
Don’t be Afraid to Ask Questions
Ask if someone is interested in assisting you with your business at a lower rate than usual. Whether they say yes or no, it never hurts to ask.
moo.com business cards (Photo credit: bargainmoose)
Step Outside the Box When it Comes to Marketing
Get creative with your marketing. Have one-on-one contacts with potential clients instead of sending them an e-mail. If their business is new, invite them personally to the community. Instead of doing direct mail, make sure you always have information about your business on hand (in the form of a business or postcard) to hand out to anyone who is interested.
Share to Save
Share an office with someone else. Split the cost of utilities and rent. You may only need one secretary and one waiting area.
Money management doesn’t have to wear you down, and it doesn’t have to be difficult either when you apply the ideas above.
Managing money for online business can be difficult, but with an Our Lady Lake University Online degree you can learn the skills needed to succeed.