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10 Ways Startups Can Reduce Their Expenses in 2016

10 Ways Startups Can Reduce Their Expenses in 2016

“When money realizes that it is in good hands, it wants to stay and multiply in those hands.” ― Idowu Koyenikan

Small businesses and startups have been changing technology and the lives of people. They create opportunities for individuals to follow their passion, be their own bosses, and build an empire that can thrive in the future. However, with business comes expenses, and the most difficult thing startups deal with is saving money and lowering their expenses.

Starting with a constrained budget and limited access to capital, most startups who find investors go on a spending spree, hoping that their ideas will thrive. However, neglecting the cost-cutting programs they can incorporate, they are brought down in no time while their productivity yields a negative return.

In order to realize profit, generate revenues, and stay efficient, startups need to learn how to manage their expenses. Here we list the top 10 ways startups can reduce their expense in 2016.

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1. Try cloudsourcing

Several studies have shown that startups that do their own hiring spend more than those who outsource their work. Reports say that it costs around $4,000 to find and hire a new employee, and the time and money spent on training, vacation, and insurance costs way more.

Many small businesses and startups who want to optimize their budget need to start cloudsouring their work to compete with others. The process involves hiring qualified professionals who work remotely and even at a cheaper salary compared to traditional employees. You can find people on platforms like Elance, Freelancer, and Upwork according to your need and you don’t even need to have them on a full-time payroll.

2. Lease what you need

Startups and small businesses often tend to spend more on office needs. However, leasing all the items that are necessary can save a lot of money. Items including factory equipment, computers, desks, and tables can be found on lease at several marketplaces.

3. Hire interns

You might not find a suitable cloud worker or you might require someone who is available when you need them right in front of you. In that case, you can call your local college or business trade school and see if there are students looking to work as interns. Many college students, despite having the qualifications, aren’t able to find an internship. This is where you can get your job done while also helping them to fulfill their school credits.

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4. Go inexpensive, but not cheap

Many entrepreneurs and small business owners spend a lot of money on services like marketing, web design, and software development — and end up regretting it later. There are countless numbers of tools that are cost effective and handy for business owners looking to save their money.

Tools like Moto CMS help you create a great-looking website, and using BaseCamp and Trello to manage employees can help you cut down on your expenses by a lot.

“Free tools can be a bad idea — they’re free for a reason,” says Raad Mobrem, CEO and co-founder of Lettuce Apps. Try finding items that can get your job done and won’t cost you more in the long run.

5. Try new advertising

Advertising is a must for any kind of small business or startup today. From connecting with people to finding customers, advertising plays a big role in success. However, if you depend on traditional advertising forms, including print, television, or radio, the budget is surely going to rise.

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To stay on budget and cut a lot of money, you need to take time and invest on digital media. You can start a blog and start promoting it through social media. Opening up a page on Facebook and Twitter is not going to cost you anything and this will cut your advertising expense completely.

6. Shop around for insurance

Startups need to minimize their insurance costs, especially during the renewal time, as this can eat up a lot of your budget. Start with finding and comparing insurance policies, and if you don’t have time, seek out an independent agent or a good lawyer who can help you with your insurance needs. They are not financially bound to any company and they can help you find great rates based on your needs.

7. Don’t buy in bulk

You read that right. What most businesses and startups do is buy office supplies in bulk, thinking that it’ll help them lower the cost. However, imagine buying a thousand markers — is that really necessary? With several online shopping and e-commerce sites on the web, startups can get confused about what exactly they need. Searchub, an innovative e-commerce platform that uses machine learning algorithms, offers users a truly personalized shopping experience.

Well, your cost per marker is surely going to be less when you buy it in bulk, but will you ever use a thousand markers? You’ll either lose them or they’ll dry out before you even start using them. Spend for the time being and avoid getting things you don’t require immediately.

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8. Cut financial charges

Many small business and startup owners spend thousands of dollars on expenses that are not essential at all. For example, think of the cost that can come with late payments on loans, membership fees on business credit cards, and processing fees. You need to stay on top of your bills and pay them right when they are due. Seek online payment services if you find balancing your personal checkbook difficult.

9. Evaluate and re-evaluate

Take a pen and a paper and write down everything you require to build your startup. From office supplies to furniture, employees, internet, insurance plans, electricity, communication costs — everything. Evaluate your needs and look out for options. For example, you can save the money needed for paper if you use your computer to store your information. Also, choose free plans like Skype and Gmail to communicate. Rethink your needs and see if there are any ways you can cut your costs.

10. Don’t waste time

When you are in business and working with startups, you seriously need to understand the value of time. As an entrepreneur or a small business owner, you put in a lot of hours, and if you waste your time, it can cut your sales and hurt your business. The more you manage yourself, the more effectively your business will run. Stop procrastinating from day one and get on the right track to save a lot of your expenses.

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How to Nix Your Credit Card Debt in Less Than 3 Years

How to Nix Your Credit Card Debt in Less Than 3 Years

Debt is never a fun thing to be in. But, there are many actions that you can take that will help you rid yourself of the burden of debt once and for all.

By coming up with a set plan, eliminating your debt can feel much easier than constantly thinking about it.

This post will provide some tips on how you can do this to help you nix your credit card debt in less than 3 years.

Hint: there are ways that are easier than you think.

1. Consider Consolidating Multiple Credit Cards If Possible

This may not be applicable to you, but if you have multiple cards – it is something to consider. Keeping up with multiple bills is time consuming.

It will depend on the balance you have on each. Consolidate ones you can but do not do it to the point that you get too close to the maximum limit. Also, it is ideal to pick the card with the lower interest rate.

Consider if there are any fees or alternatively, rewards, with transferring a balance to another card. Watch out for fees. Note that some cards offer rewards for transferring a balance to them. This is extra cash that can help go towards paying off your debt.

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Having one or two cards can make nixing your debt much simpler than keeping up with the balance of a bunch of cards. Keeping track of paying the minimum towards a bunch of cards is time consuming. Spend the time to consolidate instead to make the overall process simpler going forward.

My tip: Have one main credit card. Have a second one that you use for necessities – such as groceries or gas – that offers rewards for those purchases (a lot of cards do) and set the second one on auto-pay. You should be able to pay off a smaller amount on auto-pay if it is a necessity. If you think you cannot, then you may need to cut down a lot on expenses.

Why do I suggest doing this? Having one thing set to auto-pay is one less thing to think about. One less thing to waste time on. Same idea with consolidating to one main card. Tracking down too many is a hassle.

2. Try to Pay the Full Balance You Spent Each Month at the Very Least

You need to pay off the amount you are spending each month when that bill comes in. This is the amount you spent THAT month.

Do not let the debt keep accruing while you work on paying any unpaid debt that has accrued. It will become a never-ending battle. Try as best as you can to be current on paying for each month’s expenses when that month’s bill comes out.

If this is a strain, consider why. You may need to cut expenses. Or you may need to consider other cards. Or look at where this money is going.

3. Pay Extra When You Can – Every Small Amount Counts

This cannot be emphasized enough. If you are looking at a lot of credit card debt, it can look daunting, but each extra amount that you can put towards the debt will really add up – no matter how small it is.

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It does not just reduce the principal amount that you have left to pay off, but it reduces the amount that is collecting interest. You will always save money with that reduced interest.

4. Create a Plan on How to Pay Extra

Back to the main point, having this plan is giving you one less thing to think about.

This plan should be a plan that works for you. If it does not work for you, your spending habits, and your views on debt, then it will not be an effective plan.

For instance, if a set plan of an extra $50 (or another amount that you know you can afford) works for you, then do that. Set that aside every month and pay that extra amount. Treat it like a bill. Choose an amount that works for you and pay it like clockwork as though it was a bill you had to pay each month.

Little amounts will not nix it entirely, but they will help tackle it and having a set plan can make it less of a chore. Creating a new plan of how much to put towards it each month is an unnecessary added stress.

5. Cut out Costs for Services You Do Not Use

If you are signed up for subscriptions that you do not use because of some free trial or for some other reason, cut it out. Your overall financial position will look better.

In turn, that will make cutting your credit card debt easier. Look at your statements to find these expenses. If you do not use them, you may forget you are paying some unnecessary amount each month. Cutting it out can really add up in savings that you can put towards other needed expenses.

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6. Get Aggressive About It

Consider these points:

Depending on the interest and the level of debt, you may need to give up a few indulgences. For example, instead of ordering delivery or going out to eat, cook at home. Everything adds up.

Other things may be more of a sacrifice. It may be a trip you wanted to go on, or a daily latte habit you’ve picked up. In these instances, consider how important it is to you and if it’s worth the sacrifice. And if it is a costly expense, think whether you can wait to indulge.

Cutting an extravagant expense can really help make a dent in your overall debt. Try not to add to debt when you are trying to pay it off. It will be a never-ending battle. Make it less of a battle with these tips and it will feel easier.

Bottom line: Do what you can to make this process easier for you. Implement steps that do this. It takes time now, but will help overall. Also, keep track of your spending and paying down of your debts. Which is the next point.

7. Reevaluate Your Progress at Set Intervals

Doing a regular check-in can help you see your efforts pay off or maybe indicate that you need to give this a bit more effort. If you check every 3-6 months, it will not feel so much like a chore or feel so daunting.

By doing this, you will be able to better understand your progress and perhaps readjust your plan. Bonus: if you see it pay off, it will feel great to do this check-in. You will get there.

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Finally (and most importantly)…

8. Keep Trying

Do not get discouraged. Pushing it off will make it worse. Just keep trying.

Once your debt becomes lower, each monthly payment will reduce the balance more. Why? You are paying less towards interest. It will be a snowball effect eventually and it will become much easier to manage. Just get to that point. And know once you do, it will feel easier and motivating.

Start Knocking out Your Debt Today

The best way to eliminate debt is to get started right away. Begin by implementing the above steps and watch your debt just melt away. Try out some of the above strategies and see what works best for you. Soon you’ll be on your way to a debt free life.

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