Most businesses start off small.
One thing about a small business, especially an online one, is the low overhead. When you decide to start a business, many of the things that you need you already have. But don’t let that lull you into a false sense of security. Because you have a low overhead doesn’t mean that you should spend available money on new upgrades, for example. Here are a few more ideas:
Breaking It Down
Many of these tips will benefit both online and offline businesses. Like we said, many of the items you need (equipment, computer, phone line, transportation) are already within reach. They probably gave you the idea to get started in business in the first place.
But, it is often the small things that can derail you and cost you money. You’ll see what we mean in a minute. Evaluate your business expenses at least once a year if not semi-annually. Once you get a handle on things the first time, taking a quick check at the expense report the next time will be a lot easier.
* Look at your cell phone bill – Cellular phones are not just for calls anymore. There are smartphones that perform the same functions as computers. Contracts usually last for two years with most providers. Check out new promotions that can lower the cost of internet access. If you make a lot of business calls, consider unlimited text and calling. It is cheaper each month than paying through the nose for overages. Also, when you upgrade your cell phone, there are all sorts of free or promotional perks that come with it. Don’t be afraid to ask.
* Check with the phone company – If you have a home office, you will want to consider a second telephone line. Phone companies have different rates for businesses and you can take advantage of discounts for local and international calls as well as internet options. If your current phone company is not treating you right, don’t be afraid to switch.
* Use the computer for calls – For many of us, we are on there every day anyway. You can use internet calling plans like Skype or Windows Live. If you have a laptop or computer with a webcam, you and your clients can speak face to face. Some smartphones also have this capability.
* Check internet options – With so many ISPs today, you can choose from the top of the line. But, if the top is offering the same options as a lower priced one, save yourself some money. Look at reliability. A cable internet option may be faster and more reliable than a DSL hook-up. And, if you bundle services you could save money on phone, cellular and internet.
* Checkout options – To cut expenses for online business you may need to change your payment policy. Accepting credit cards is universal but there is some fee involved if you use a merchant account. Instead use PayPal or 2Checkout.com to accept payments. It is simple and easy for you and your customers.
* Smart outsourcing – There are alternatives to some outsourcing tasks than to hire someone. You can get interns to pick up some of the tasks for free and get more work done in the process for less money.
Evaluating your business expenses on a regular basis is good business. Find ways to cut expenses and increase your profit margin.
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