Contributed article in our small business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly
Startups are notorious for running into financial difficulties before they reach the maturing point at which they’re stable and secure enough to be considered successful small businesses. It’s imperative that startups are tight with their money, ensuring that their cash flow is as efficient and well-attuned as possible. Hemorrhaging cash when at the startup phase is an absolute path to failure. It’s in this sense that this article aims to provide money-saving advice to startups. The tips provided below are designed to reduce losses to an absolute minimum, which will mean your young startup will be best-placed to succeed.
Consider Your Tax
Small companies benefit from a series of tax breaks and incentives that you should school yourself on before you make specific financial commitments. You’ll actually be, on the most part, pleasantly surprised by how you can save money by paying less tax in your debut years. You should also consider what parts of your expenditure can be underwritten as tax deductible, therefore saving you the money you invest in facilities and equipment to get your company off its feet.
Your startup, of course, needs a place in which to base itself, but this should be as cheap as possible. Many startups make the mistake of placing themselves in an expensive, exclusive office space a little too early in their development. It’s far more sensible and pragmatic to take a co-working space instead, all artfully laid out and startup-friendly, to base yourself in your infancy. As you’ll see when browsing providers such as www.thebrew.co.uk, you’ll benefit from sharing ideas in a cooperative, often collaborative environment, too.
The process of on-boarding new staff can be relatively expensive for startups without an HR department or established human resources channel through which to acquire team members. You can cut costs in this area by hiring people within your network, or by placing free advertisements on websites such as Gumtree and Indeed. Often, the best places to pick up employees (and to save on their salaries) is to find part-timers who’re also studying for a degree.
Convenient Software Packages
They might seem on the surface an expensive asset, but software packages are incredibly crucial for the efficient functioning of companies large and small. They help you automate a good deal of the administrative side of your particular company’s work, thus saving you more expensive salaries. They’ll also provide data-driven insights into your profits; projections of future earnings; well-constructed financial reports; and all the administrative assistance you need to keep your data safe.
Startups can sometimes be a little bit frenzied, and it’s in just such an environment that you can find yourself violating a business law, regulation or policy that can endanger your business’ profits. Ensure you have the right legal protection and insurance onboard as soon as possible to protect against damaging fines or legal battles, and try to avoid them altogether, of course!
Startups may be financially precarious, but by saving money where you can, you’ll be doing your utmost to guarantee the future success of your fledgling enterprise.by