6 Ways To Reduce Business Costs

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With the start of a new year just around the corner now is the perfect time to start to consider where you can save your business some money and reduce business costs. In this uncertain time and economyeven small increases in revenue or decreases in expenses can have an impact on your business’ profitability. The good news is that this does not always need to be achieved through large scale changes and can be done by making some simple changes.  

Consider Going Online 

One of the larger steps to reduce business costs could be to consider taking your business exclusively online. Most online businesses have a centralised (or more centralised) location which enables them to keep things like rent, electricity, payroll, and supply costs lower due to economies of scale when compared with having various brick and mortar stores dotted around the place. On top of this you’ll be able to service the whole country from one location giving you a larger market at your disposal.

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Bring Jobs In-House 

Just as doing some DIY in the house rather than bringing in a contractor can save you money, doing some jobs around your business that you might have outsourced to external agencies or other businesses can also save you money. Review the tasks or jobs that you outsource and examine whether you can comfortably and competently carry out each of these tasks within your organisation with your current employees, resources and budget. For example, doing your own marketing in house might be more efficient than paying an agency to do it for you. 

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Outsource Jobs To Specialists 

On the other hand, accepting the fact that someone else might be able to do something better, more efficiently and cheaper than you can help you reduce business costs, and allow you to save more time to concentrate on other important tasks. For example, you could purchase your own fleet of vehicles, hire your own drivers, and pay for all the upkeep and running costs associated with them. Or you could outsource your delivery to a courier service that has an existing fleet of trucks, drivers, and expertise in logistics. 

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Reduce Your Supply Costs 

One of the best ways to reduce business costs is to reduce your supply costs. Whether you do this by simply trying to renegotiate supplier costs, buying supplies in bulk, or opting for better value alternatives. If you’re looking to cut down on your packaging costs, then consider opting for more economy options. Here at Davpack, our econoRANGE has a variety of cost-effective economy variants of popular packaging products, including cardboard boxes, postal boxes, bubble wrap and tape. 

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Reduce Your Returns Rate 

Returned products can eat into any business’s profits, whether it’s from damage or products not meeting customers’ expectations. Unfortunately, every business will have to deal with returned products at some point, but you can reduce the rate at which this happens. Making sure that your product images and descriptions accurately portray your products and keeping them adequately protected in transit can help to keep your returns to a minimum. Find out more on how you can reduce your parcel damage and save your business money! 

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Consider Buying Used Equipment 

If you’re looking to get extra equipment into your business, it can become quite costly. One way to reduce business costs while still being able to bring more equipment in is to buy your equipment second hand. Just like with many other products in everyday life, you can get a variety of machinery or office equipment such as printers, computers, or screens at the fraction of the price of brand-new equipment. 

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We hope that you can use some of these tips to reduce business costs and improve your business in the coming year. If you find yourself need some tips on other important topics we also have some ways in which you can optimise your packing processes or optimising your warehouse.     

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Remy Courtois

Remy has been a contributing author since late 2011, when he arrived at Davpack from a major packaging competitor. Originally a product buyer with many years of specialist knowledge in the fields of custom cardboard boxes and corrugated products, Remy now combines his purchasing and literary skills to maximum effect in our marketing team as a content writer. Born to French and British parents in Nottingham, Remy had a bilingual upbringing and has lived for the past twelve years just South of Paris. He presently commutes twice a month to France but is in the process of re-locating to his birthplace. Davpack

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