Top Tips to Lower Your Operating Costs

When you are running a business, one of your main priorities is to keep your operating costs as low as possible without sacrificing efficiency. Budgeting properly is essential as you need to know where your money is going and if it is worth the expenditure. However, there are other ways you can lower your operating costs and increase the efficiency of your business. Here are some top tips to lower your operating costs.

Embrace Technology

Embracing technology is one of the easiest ways to reduce your costs and improve efficiency at the same time. It’s a broad umbrella, but you need to assess the areas within your business that would benefit from implementing technological solutions. If you have large office space, yet the majority of your employees are able to work remotely, you can downsize. AI solutions are also a great way to have menial tasks handled by computers, freeing up your employees to work on more important tasks.

Hire Freelancers

Some would argue that freelancing is the future of business, thus there are opportunities to scoop up the right personnel for these outsourced roles and projects. There may be certain jobs that are more cost-effective to have done through a freelancer than having someone on your payroll. Freelancers will set their rates and when the job is done you don’t have to pay them any longer. If someone is employed for a specific purpose, but that specific purpose isn’t always needed, you are essentially paying someone to do nothing. This is inefficient and draining money from your business.

Assess Staff Roles

Make a thorough assessment of all your staff’s roles within your organization. There is a good possibility that you are employing people you don’t need. You should also assess the skills of your staff that will help you to better allocate resources and tasks to those who will complete them with maximum efficiency. This cuts back the need for employing new staff and training them. Avoid sentimentality when it comes to staff, while you should absolutely value them, if they are not bringing value to your business themselves, they are costing you money.

More Efficient Fleet Management

Logistics is an area where efficiency is essential, but there are still ways to cut your costs and keep or even improve your overall efficiency. Telematics solutions are something you should be researching and understanding how they can fit into your operations. Electronic Logging Devices give you the ability to track your driver’s hours without having to worry about manual errors that often occur when humans are filling in logbooks. You can prevent hours of service violations and also lower ELD compliance costs.

Cancel Services You Don’t Use

Take a look at all the services your business is using and if there are services you rarely or don’t use at all, they should be canceled. Instead of thinking that you might need them one day, you must be thinking about the costs you are incurring while holding onto a service that isn’t providing you with any benefits for the majority of the time you are subscribed. Also, consider utility bills in the properties you use for your business and how you might be able to cut down on costs.

Dragan Sutevski

Posted by Dragan Sutevski

Dragan Sutevski is a founder and CEO of Sutevski Consulting, creating business excellence through innovative thinking. Get more from Dragan on Twitter. Contact Dragan