Tue 7 Aug 2007
Budget Tips for Small Business Owners
Small business owners can make huge savings through the use of efficient budgeting practices and by cutting down on unnecessary expenses. To improve the overall profitability of your business, it is a good idea to keep some essential budgeting tips in mind when making any purchases of goods and services for your business:
Buy From Wholesalers
You should try to buy in bulk from wholesalers rather than from individual retailers. Wholesalers can generally provide your company with greater discounts without the larger mark-ups you are likely to find with retailers.
While this is going to produce the best discounts for your business, remember to always compare prices, as you may find better options at retail stores through discounts and sales.
One way to spend comfortably is to travel as prudently as possible (or at least, as prudently as you can tolerate!). You can easily save at least 50% of your overall travel costs by searching the internet for cost-friendly airfares and hotels on travel websites. Remember that some airlines will offer discounted flights for “Red Eye” flights, and locally-based hotels are more likely to be less expensive than larger hotel chains.
Look for Clearance Sales
Regional warehouses and clearance stores will often stock up on rejected merchandise that they will sell at very low rates, providing your business with great opportunities to save a lot of money. Alternatively, you can also save money by utilizing bartering networks where you can trade goods and services with other members and decrease your costs.
Purchase Second-Hand Vehicles
Instead of buying a brand new car from the showroom, try buying a used vehicle - which is often much cheaper and will save you money. Search for car dealers who want to eliminate their old inventory or who want to sell their previously leased vehicles. Shopping in areas where the demand is relatively lower and where real estate and housing is cheaper will also help you in procuring a better deal. You can work similarly with furniture and fixtures. In addition, liquidations and auctions are ideal for this purpose.
Getting the most for your money is essential to cutting costs. Following the tips above will help you do just that!