As a small business owner, you are consistently looking for ways to save money, including lowering your monthly bills. This often seems like an impossible feat but there are actually a variety of ways to reduce your monthly bills without suffering any consequences. If you’re looking to save your business money, you must consider cutting out the things you don’t necessarily need, like your cable subscription for the lobby. You must also watch your gas and electricity usage… every little extra light or temperate degree cooler (or warmer) can make a big difference. Finally, look for ways in which you can lower your monthly phone bill, which may include switching over to a VoIP phone system – look into VoIP service providers that fit your needs.
Cut the Excess
Do you really need a large cable subscription just for the television in the lobby? By getting rid of cable all together, you can save at least $100 per month. Instead, put together a DVD promoting your company and play that on the television, or opt for basic cable. Put out some magazines or books as reading material for visitors who wait in the lobby for a bit.
Watch Your Gas and Electricity Usage
Gas and electricity usage is the number one money-eater that many business owners tend to forget about. Let’s face it – heating or cooling down an office can be tough and oftentimes, there has to be a set temperature for businesses with a large amount of computers and other technology. However, a few degrees hotter or cooler won’t make a huge difference in office atmosphere, but it can make a big difference in your monthly bill. In regards to electricity, it’s important to remind employees to shut off lights to unused rooms and you may even want to consider installing detection lights that turn off or on automatically in the restrooms.
Switch to VoIP Telephone Systems
Switching to a VoIP phone service can help save a ton on your monthly bill while giving you some great added features – all you need is an internet connection. Some benefits from a good VoIP service provider include professional greetings, music on hold, custom auto-attendant, internet faxing, conference calling, and more. You save money by eliminating expensive business phones lines from the phone company and getting rid of complex phone switch (PBX) hardware.
These are just a few basic ways to save on your business’ monthly bills. It all comes down to cracking down and using things such as electricity minimally and cutting out the excess bills while keeping up-to-date on the latest technology to save you money.
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Samantha Wideman is part of a team of writers and specializes in writing about current news events.