Cut Out The Nonsense In Your Business

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You’ll probably find there is a lot of nonsense and wastage in your business model. Nothing is one hundred percent efficient, no matter how hard you might have tried. There’s always going to be mistakes, human error and general tech failure. But, with a little elbow grease, some quick thinking and a touch of determination you can cut out most of the nonsense. You can make your business more efficient than it was an ensure that it matches your own high standards. Here are some of the areas where a lot of the nonsense and rubbish can be avoided.

 

Mail Management

 

When you open your business you’re going to have a lot of mail flooding in as well as emails and social media updates. While some of this info flooding into your company will either be relevant or useful a lot of it will be junk. The best way to deal with this is by using a mail forwarding service. The mail goes to an address that isn’t where your company is actually situated. There it is sorted, the junk is removed and everything else is passed on. In most cases it can be sent directly to your email folder. It’s not just letters that you can do this with though. You can also sort your email in the same way. Hire a company to receive the email for you and make sure you only see what’s relevant. You’ll waste a lot less time by doing this.

 

Energy Saver

 

How much energy are you wasting in your business model? The answer is probably thousands in electricity and gas. To cut down, you just need to get in touch with your energy provider. Compare their rates to other suppliers on the market, and you might find that you are being massively overcharged. It might be time to switch to a company that can offer power from a completely renewable source for a fraction of the cost. It’s easy to switch, and all it takes is a short phone call.

 

Too Many Cooks

 

Ever heard the phrase too many cooks in the kitchen? Well we think it’s time to start thinking about whether there are too many employees in the office. When you get right down to it an employee is nothing more than a business expense. If you can live without them, then you probably should. In most cases you can because their job can be outsourced. There are outsourcing companies for every aspect of a business these days. That’s why it’s possible to run your company as a solopreneur. All the jobs that you don’t want to handle can be moved out of your business.

 

DIY

 

Are you spending too much money and resources on marketing and promotion? Probably, because these days there’s no need for a full marketing service. Instead you can try the DIY business model. This has become very popular lately because you cut costs and you stay in complete control of your own promotion. That way, you know exactly what message is being received by potential customers.

 

You see, there are ways to get rid of the nonsense in your business model and run a business that really delivers.

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Laying The Smackdown On Business Costs With Tech

It doesn’t matter how profitable your business is, there are always opportunities to reduce costs and make your operation leaner and meaner. Often the best time to look for ways to save on costs is when your profits are at their zenith. Finding ways to cut costs not only boosts your profits even more, but it also means that the cuts don’t hurt as much either.

 

Economists often say that technology is the only true free lunch we have. It’s the only thing that really allows us to make extra money, without having to put in extra effort or lay people off. Here’s how to use tech to supercharge your business.

 

Invest In Green Tech

 

The benefits of going green are touted every day, but is it all just a political agenda designed to get businesses to increase their costs, or is there an actual business case?

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Well, according to Entrepreneur, there is a good case. For one, companies can save millions of dollars every year by investing in eco-friendly technologies, like LED lights. LED lights use around 75 percent less energy which can be enough to cut your office electricity bills in half.

 

Business can also invest in light-sensitive switches that detect when the lights need to come on and when they should be switched off.

 

Focus On Depreciation

 

A significant cost for businesses is depreciation. It’s the slow decay of their investments over the course of their lifetimes. When those investments are machinery and capital equipment, companies need to do everything they can to maximize their lifespan. This could include things like regularly oiling moving parts and making sure that clips and clamps aren’t wearing down hoses.

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Put IT Infrastructure In The Cloud

 

If you wanted a state of the art IT infrastructure ten years ago, you pretty much had to do it all by yourself. There was no cloud, so to speak, and so companies wound up spending a fortune on servers and bespoke applications for their operations.

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Now, though, the world has changed. With the advent of the cloud, businesses don’t have to bother with setting up their own IT departments. Instead, they can just outsource all their needs to a third party company.

 

For many startups, even this isn’t necessary. Often all that is required is a connection to the internet and a subscription to a SaaS provider for critical applications.

 

Automate Everything

 

Automation is responsible for the vast increases in wealth we have seen since the industrial revolution, and it’s why the types of jobs that are available today have changed dramatically. We no longer see 40 percent of the population in agriculture thanks to the fact that automation has made it possible for just 2 percent of the population to feed everybody else.

 

Modern businesses in the service sector can take advantage of automation too, especially when it comes to clerical tasks. Don’t bother doing things like accounts using a team of accountants. Instead, use programs like Freshbooks and Xero to do it for you. These can handle things like invoicing, payroll and so on.

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Cheap And Creative Ways To Make Your House Shine On A Budget

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There is no getting away from the bills if you’re a homeowner. Whether it is paying for the electricity or essential repairs, the costs add up. But, does that mean your house shouldn’t look its best because you don’t have the money? Of course it doesn’t as home restoration doesn’t have to be expensive. As it turns out, you can make your home shine on a very tight budget. All you need to do is take a look at the tips below. Can’t wait to get started? What are you waiting for then?!

Paint Everything

‘Everything’ may be a bit of an exaggeration. After all, you don’t want to ruin your furniture by adding a layer of thick paint. Still, paint does have a lot of redeeming qualities when it comes to the walls and fixtures. A new layer of paint will instantly make your house shine from top to bottom. Paint not only has a nice finish, but the colour also makes a difference. For example, changing from a white to a blue or something bolder will transform your home. The great thing about paint is it is so cheap, so buy a few tins and get cracking.

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Stain Wood

Nowadays, lots of houses use wood to great effect. The problem with wood is you can’t paint over it, or you are loathe to because it’s a contradiction. Don’t worry, though, because there is a very easy solution. The solution is to use a stain or to chink the wood. If you have never heard of stain or chink before, take a look at www.Weatherall.com for more information. In basic terms, stain or chink protect the wood from damage. To do this, they have a thick coating which seeps into the wood and revitalises the look. You can apply them to everything from the walls to the floor.

Reclaim Old Furniture

The idea of reclaiming furniture isn’t a very popular one for some people. You might have the same opinion, but you should reconsider. Sure, everyone wants to buy new things to put in their house. The thing is that new things cost a lot of money; old things cost a lot less. There are always great bargains when it comes to second hand material, and you can take advantage. Go online and take a look at what people are throwing away and whether it fits your criteria. If it does, your house and bank balance will look a lot healthier.

Restructure

The great thing about restructuring is the lack of effort you need to achieve your goals. There is no need to buy anything or splash the walls with paint or stain. Instead, you just get hold of the furniture and move it into a different position. It will amaze you how better your house will look just from moving things around. Even better, it won’t cost you a penny.

Do you need to make a change without spending a lot of money? Well, these tips are perfect for you.  

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