There are a lot of hidden expenses in business. It’s of utmost importance to keep proper accounting of where every dollar is going because little things like paper towels and lightbulbs stack up. You could have a bit of wiggle room in the budget and before you know it, things are in the red and you have no idea how you’re going to dig yourself out of the financial pit you’re stuck in.
While there are many necessities in the office budget, there are other things that might not be. You could be operating differently in several ways to cut down costs here and there. By implementing these in your enterprise, you’ll be less pinched for cash, and maybe even greener environmentally in the process.
Turn it Off
Many of the ways to cut costs at the office are pretty basic. For starters, turn off the lights. In the first place, you could try finding a building or building a space that has lots of windows. The more natural light that gets in, the less people will need electricity. If this isn’t an option, simply implement some sort of light rule, or be better at shutting off a light when you exit or pass by a space not being occupied.
Recycling might seem costly in some aspects, but there are ways you can be recycling that will actually save you good money. For one, reuse all of your ink cartridges and recycle your computer equipment. Ink alone is very costly. You can get a significant discount for refilling instead of breaking open a new package.
Think of other unique ways things could be recycled. Perhaps this means no paper or plastic cutlery items in the office. Everyone must use real silverware and mugs…it could also mean that you outsource your waste to facilities who make sure that the products like paper that you’re tossing are getting reused, or that the lightbulbs you’re throwing out are being repurposed.
The world is very mobile, this means that your office should be too. Meaning, you should consider ditching the desktop computers and switch to laptops. Not only will this save energy because who needs a computer on all hours of the day, it will also allow your employees to get work done even when they’re not in the office.
Some things are done simpler than others. Start one thing at a time and see where you get. One step towards a more cost effective office means more money in your pocket to spend on more urgent needs. The world is moving towards a greener tomorrow. Jump on the train before you miss it.