For your small business to succeed, it is vital that you keep an eye on your expenses and try to lower them wherever possible. If you do this, when times are lean, you have a small cushion to sit on and catch your breath.

To keep your expenses in check - and keep your profit margin healthy - you first need to develop a sound, realistic budget.

Evaluating Your Budget

Once you have developed a budget, you need to stick to it. You should give priority to any critical expenses that you need to make in order for your small business to run smoothly.

For example, you can investigate different packages offered by utility or insurance companies; and if you can find a better deal, then you can either ask your existing service providers to match that deal, or you can inform them of your decision to switch providers.

When it comes to non-critical expenses, such as entertainment and office supplies, make sure you shop around for the best deals. Just a little bit of diligence in these areas can yield a lot of savings.

Small Expenditures Do Matter

Even small things count — such as changing your regular light bulbs to energy-saving bulbs and switching off lights that are not being used will result in a substantial amount of money saved at the end of the year. You may also want to consider getting motion detectors, which automatically switch off lights and air conditioning if movement isn't detected after a particular time.

Train your staff to think of new ways to save money and cut expenses. A collective effort from everyone involved in the business will result in a noticeable amount of savings.