Up-and-coming entrepreneurs have an awful lot of responsibility on their hands – overdue taxes, insurance funds, incoming bills, rent for commercial and storage space, belated supply deliveries and outstanding claims, and that’s just for starters. If you do business internationally, there are export and import permits to procure, clients to win over, transport hassle to endure and a whole new foreign market that needs to be closely monitored for accurate demand assessments and business opportunity analysis.
Hopefully, you will make enough money to cover all the expenses and earn some decent profit. Today we bring you four tips on how to maximize your success prospects and minimize investment safety concerns. So, here we go.
1. Find Best Commercial and Storage Space Deals in Town
Before opening your shop or office, get fresh updates on commercial space rent figures and best real estate deals in town. You may have to negotiate and bargain with the owners a while, but you’ll get there eventually. Before signing any official documents, make sure you read the small print to avoid any unexpected additional costs and/or unfavorable contract clauses. In case you can’t find the optimum storage space for your abundant shop supplies, try container shelters– made from premium materials and designed to ensure 100% percent safety of stored goods, these convenient storage units will keep your equipment and materials safe and well-protected 24/7.
2. Keep Record of All Relevant Documents, Invoices and Bills
Remembering to pay your bills on time is the key to well-organized business. Arrange all your important documents, invoices and receipts into suitable folders – you may use labels such as ‘Paid’, ‘To Pay’ and ‘To Collect’ and keep them in one place. You can also keep a regular list of incoming revenues and due payments so you’ll always know how much money you owe to suppliers and landlords and which outstanding claims you can expect to collect in the course of the month.
3. Ask your Suppliers for Quantity Discount
If you want to save up some money and expand or upgrade your business, you can always ask your regular suppliers for a quantity discount and sign an agreement with them on future deliveries. Most local-oriented suppliers are looking to get regular customers because a huge one-time sale deal won’t pay their bills in the long run, so the odds of you getting that 5% discount on dairy products are looking as good as granted. Once your supplies arrive, you can keep them in cold storage or basement, depending on the nature and shelf life of the product.
4. Think Green and Minimize Office-related Spending
Though you may not be aware of it, it’s actually the small figures that cost you the most. Think in the lines of necessities and extras – can you sent that letter on interest to your fellow shopkeeper in the electronic form or do you truly need to print it out? Do the lights have to remain switched on after you leave the office at the end of the day? Is that huge flashy LED ad screen on your shop window really necessary or can you attract customers with some cool sale discounts and campaigns? Surprising as it may seem, by cutting your stationery and electricity bills or switching from diesel to unleaded petrol you will also contribute to environmental protection, and it also sets an excellent eco-awareness model for your employees to follow.
Dream big. Start that business today. Take the risk and become an entrepreneur. Invest in your own future financial safety. And always remember: the knack of having minimum expenses and still realizing maximum gain lies in careful planning, good analysis and awareness of the little things that can save you some big money in the long-run.