It’s necessary to spend carefully when your business is still young, but you also need to remember that it’s not about being penny-pinching, but being savvy about the way you spend money to help your business grow.
Here are some ways to get the biggest bang for your buck:
The difference between shopping around and bargain shopping is that the former does not necessarily mean you’re buying the cheapest available option you can find. Shopping around means making comparisons between not only prices, but products and services themselves. The most efficient way of doing this is to go online.
For the best buy when it comes to products, you should make a new email address dedicated to signing up for newsletters and deals- that way your primary email remains junk-free and the next time you need a new set of swivel chairs for the office, you’ll be able to check your email to see if you’ve received a coupon or news of a sale.
For getting the best bang for your buck for services, you can use online tools such as ServiceSeeking.com.au to get free quotes from local businesses. You post a job and businesses will send quotes detailing how much they would charge for the kind of job that you need done. By comparing the different service providers and their prices you can pick the one that fits you and your business the best.
Don’t impulse buy
Your business might be new, but everything in it doesn’t necessarily have to be new as well. You can skimp on the furniture, equipment and gear by asking not only yourself if you really need the items, but also your co-workers and employees for their input.
Prioritise your spending
Draw up a list of what you want to purchase for your business, and then arrange each ‘item’ in order of importance. Determine the cut-off point between ‘need’ and ‘want’, then assess which items you can actually afford to buy. Spending without priorities means that your budget could run dry after being spent frivolously, and vital components of your business- such as new accounting software or market research- might be ignored to the detriment of growth.
Balance quality and price
Strike a balance between decent quality and a decent price. You might want to start small and cheap, then upgrade progressively as your business grows and your budget swells.
Draw up a business plan and forecast its progression- once you hit a certain milestones, you can take the opportunity to revamp the office with new furniture or better amenities. The physical changes will boost workplace confidence and emphasise the feeling of progress and reward.
The same policy should apply for hiring personnel. Your cheapest option is not necessarily your best option. Rather than hiring a green graphic designer with only a rudimentary grasp of Photoshop, you might want to consider an employee who is capable of providing the services your businesses require, and that you are paying a reasonable amount for their work.