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3 Effective Cost Cutting Ideas for Your Small Business

3 Effective Cost Cutting Ideas for Your Small Business

While it’s always a  good idea to concentrate on ways to bring in new customers to your business and ramp up revenues as a result, don’t forget that you can help your cash flows significantly by cutting costs around the office, too.

When it comes to saving money in the workplace, there are many innovative ways that you can get ahead without feeling like you’re tightening the purse strings too much. Read on for some tips for cutting costs as soon as possible, that you may not have considered just yet.

1. Crowdfund for Capital

Whether you’re operating a fledgling startup that you’re just trying to get established, or currently run a solid business that has been around for a while, you will probably look for a loan or investment capital at some point along the way to help you grow your organization. If this is the case, keep in mind that you may be able to cut costs by crowdfunding for capital rather than paying for expensive bank fees and interest rates.

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In this digital age, technology and the rise in crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo, means that it is easier than ever to access a cash injection by unconventional methods. You can now connect with customers and investors who are keen to back your venture’s mission and product offerings through third-party sites which handle the paperwork while also giving you the chance to reach out to a receptive audience.

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    Do you, for example, need to raise some money to create, introduce, or try out a new product, or perhaps purchase an important piece of equipment for the production of certain goods? If so, you may be able to raise the money you need online, through a crowdfunding website instead of going to a bank or other lender.

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    You usually won’t have to pay too much in the way of set-up fees to list your information on a crowdfunding site, and generally don’t have to worry about expensive interest rates on the capital you raise either. Most crowdfunding investors simply want to receive a product when it is made or other low-cost goodies such as posters, T-shirts, key rings, signed copies of books, and other investment incentives. These are all usually much less expensive for a business to come up with than what they would have to pay when obtaining funds from a more traditional lender.

    2. Use Free or Low-Cost Information

    Before you go and spend lots of money on lawyers, accountants, financial consultants, and the like, it pays to remember that fees for such services can rapidly add up and end up costing you way more than expected. To save some money then, you should do everything you can to minimize the billable hours racked up by every consultant or service-based business you deal with.

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      Keep in mind that you will find a lot of valuable information and other resources for free (or just a low cost) online, at libraries, and through business or other groups that help entrepreneurs. You may even have mentors, colleagues, or family and friends who can provide you with the information you need. Even just spending some time searching through the results on a search engine such as Google can provide you with a lot of the information you might have had to pay for in the past.

      If you want to save some money consider, for example:

      • Online legal sites which provide free or reduced-rate legal agreements and case-law information
      • Accounting programs which provide tutorials, videos, and other step-by-step information to help people keep their bookwork in order and read or create reports
      • Free and low-cost photography websites which provide images you can use for your marketing and other tasks

      3. Utilize Freelance Websites

      No matter the type of business you run, you will likely have to, at some point in time, engage in activities such as graphic design, content writing, social media marketing, video creation, and the like to promote and grow your business. If you don’t have the skills and time yourself to handle these tasks, or have the staff on hand to do it for you, you will have to outsource the work to a company or contractor that specializes in each area.

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      While this used to be quite expensive, these days you can save some cash by trying out services on websites like Freelancer, Fiverr, and Upwork. It is important to be discerning when you select a person from those advertising online, but it is definitely possible to find experts in their field who charge a lower rate than traditional, larger outfits.

      Due to the fact that many professional service providers now work from home and don’t have to pay for large overheads such as office or retail space, they can charge more affordable rates. These savings can then be passed on to other business owners.

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      Last Updated on August 15, 2018

      30 Fun Things You Can Do This Summer Without Spending Much

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      Summertime can be a real strain on your wallet. The sun is out, there are people to see, places to be; it’s no wonder you might be short of funds during these sunny months. Not everything has to cost you an arm and a leg.

      Take some time to go through this list of 20 cheap summer activities and make some realistic goals to complete as many as you can.

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      1. Visit a strawberry festival

      Summer is prime time for tasting strawberries. More often than not, an area that grows strawberries will have a strawberry festival. Indulge yourself in strawberry pies, jams, cakes and more!

      2. Have a picnic

      Take your partner or your family to the local park and enjoy a relaxing picnic. Designate each person to bring one food item of their choice to add to the fun.

      3. Camp in your back yard

        The summer heat can sometimes make it hard to sleep. Why not enjoy the heat outside in the yard? Pitch a tent or gaze into the night sky.

        4. Take long walks

        Discover something new where you live. Take the afternoon off from your chores and go for a long walk. You may be surprised by what you discover.

        5. Break a world record

        Breaking a world record doesn’t have to be time-consuming. You could even break one on your lunch hour. Give it a go!

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        6. Go on a bike ride

        The number of bike paths on roads in big cities has increased dramatically over the years. Take advantage, and enjoy the summer breeze.

        7. Join a gym class

          The gym is not everyone’s idea of a good time, but why not go with a friend a join a class? Spinning, yoga and step classes are always more fun with friends, and a lot of gyms allow you to pay-as-you-go.

          8. Find a new hobby

          The summer is the perfect time to find a new hobby. Serotonin (our body’s natural “happy” hormone) is produced by the sunshine and will be at a yearly high, which is great for when we want to tackle something new.

          9. Join a sports team

          Not all sports teams are competitive and require huge amounts of your time. Join in the fun with like-minded people, get fit, stay healthy and make some friends along the way.

          10. Make a slip ‘n slide

            Gather your friends, some plastic sheeting, a hose, washing up liquid if desired, and make a huge slip ‘n slide just like these guys. Granted, yours won’t be as big, but you get the idea… it’s fun!

            11. Make a treasure hunt for your kids

            Today’s digital world sees our children more often than not playing inside than outside. Why not create a sense of adventure by making a treasure hunt? Only rule? It has to be outside.

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            12. Visit a free festival

            Towns and cities are awash with free festivals, with themes from film to science. Scout your local area and discover something new.

            13. Visit the zoo

              Let’s face it: we love animals. While browsing news websites and social media networks you’re bound to come across a few pictures of cats. Take a trip to your local zoo for a better experience.

              14. Take a road trip

              Enjoy the open road with a few friends and take a road trip somewhere–anywhere. Just go out and enjoy the sunshine!

              15. Play ultimate frisbee in the park

                Frisbee is always great fun down the park, but why not turn it into more of a competitive sport by playing ultimate frisbee?

                16. Make your own ice cream

                Ice cream is a very versatile dessert. Make a sandwich, enjoy a cone, or simply just enjoy a bowl full. Better yet, making your own ice cream allows you to create any flavor you want.

                17. Invite your neighbors over for a BBQ

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                  When was the last time you invited your neighbors over? Do you even know them? Now’s your chance. Just ask each person to bring a food item so costs don’t mount up for you.

                  18. Get a summer job

                  For many students, summer is the time for relaxation and fun. But who said earning money and being productive isn’t fun? You only get out what you put into a situation.

                  19. Attend a charity event

                  Attending a charity event is a great way to raise funds and awareness for a cause, meet new people, and generally have a good time. Search for your local charity event today.

                  20. Visit a national park

                  National parks are a great way to explore nature and learn something new. You could even volunteer and make a difference in helping restore natural habitats.

                  21. Visit your local comedy club

                    Local comedy clubs are extremely underrated. They are cheap to attend and no doubt you’ll have a barrel of laughs.

                    22. Make your own hammock

                      Hammocks are very relaxing, are perfect for summer afternoons and are surprisingly easy to make.

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                      23. Read in your new hammock

                      Now you have your very own hammock, the only thing left to do is enjoy it. Grab your favorite book and read to your heart’s content.

                      24. Watch a movie outside

                      Movies are great. Relaxing outside in the evening is great. Put them together and you’ve got a perfect combination. In D.C, Maryland and Virginia this summer, for example, you can enjoy a huge number of movies outside.

                      25. Take a hike

                        Hikes are a great way to keep fit and see more of Mother Nature. There are countless trails available for you to explore. Why not try some this summer?

                        26. Learn how to fly a kite

                        As a child, you probably had a kite and haven’t touched it since. Why not dust it off and attempt to fly it? It’s tricky, but well worth the challenge.

                        27. Work out at the park

                        American cities are full of parks with ample space for a work out session. No doubt you’ll be happier to work out in the sun rather than a crowded gym.

                        28. Take your dog to the beach

                          One of the many joys of owning a dog is taking him or her for long walks during the summertime. This joy is enhanced when visiting the beach, for both you and your dog.

                          29. Make a summer smoothie

                          Healthy, delicious and perfect for the summer. Not only that, there are countless recipes ready for you to try.

                          30. Attend a free yoga session at the beach

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