How to Reduce Business Expenses

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When you have a business, you strive to make the most profit. The idea is to reduce as much business expense as possible. Less business expense means more money in your wallet. You can cut down expenses in areas you may not have thought of before.

How to Cut Down on Business Costs

Negotiate: You don't have to settle for the first price a supplier gives you. If it really wants your business, you can negotiate a bit. Always have open communication when working with suppliers and respond timely to any issues. Additionally, do your research before negotiating, such as finding out what your supplier's competitors are charging for the same product and how much profit they are gaining. This will help you negotiate a fair price.

Lower Office Space Costs: Think about your business and what it offers. Do you really need an office? Do customers physically visit your office? If not, you may want to consider working from home. Having a commercial building when it's not needed is like throwing money out the window. If you enjoy having your own business but want to leave your home to work, you can downgrade to a smaller office or you can work from home just until you see a larger profit. Not only do you save money on rent, but you also save money on insurance and travel costs.

Do You Need All Those Employees?: Depending on the type of business you have, you may not need all the employees you've hired. Sure, it's nice to have the extra help, but does it really benefit you enough to lose the extra profit that could be in your pocket? Try outsourcing some of the work if you don't need the employee to be physically on the premises. For example, websites like Upwork or Fiverr have several freelancers who would be willing to work for you. Hiring a freelancer means you won't have to pay for medical, vacation time, sick leave and all the other costs associated with a regular employee.

Typical Business Expenses

Owning a business means you're going to accumulate several expenses: You will have to pay for rent, taxes, supplies, insurance, electricity, telephone, employee or freelance help, internet services, and marketing and advertising costs. Although you still have to pay for all these expenses, you can write off a lot of them when you file your taxes.

Tracking Your Business Expenses

Unless you track your business expenses, you can't tell how much you're spending and how much profit you're gaining. First, open a business bank account. Track all of your expenses with a bookkeeping system like QuickBooks or Zoho, or seek the professional guidance of a bookkeeper. Whether you choose to purchase a bookkeeping system or hire a professional, all purchases you make must be carefully recorded so you can accurately monitor expenses.

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About the Author

Heather Burdo has been personally involved in business for six years. Her passion is to help small business owners and entrepreneurs through engaging and insightful content.