This is a guest post by Joseph from Moneysupermarket
When it comes to running a business, one really does have to be a Jack of all trades to keep it afloat. Skilled business management goes hand in hand with organisation, innovation and communication, but perhaps the most important aspect of business management comes in the form of finances. After all, money is why people are in business. You should always be thinking of ways to save money for your business, so here are a few tips to start you off:
Public liability insurance is one thing no business can do without. It is not an absolute necessity by law, but it would be entirely unwise to ignore it. The last thing you want to see is a lack of public liability insurance cost your business a fortune and potentially sink it. Such an insurance policy basically covers your business against being sued by a member of the public.
If a member of the public was to get injured or pick up an illness while on your premises, then your business will be liable to pay compensation. Depending on the seriousness of the incident, this could spell the end for your business if you don’t have insurance. Public liability also covers against any damage that might be caused to another person’s property while on your premises or while you are on theirs if, for example, you are a self-employed plumber. It might seem expensive to start with, but it could potentially save you thousands in the long run.
Energy saving has been sweeping the world for the past few years and is finding its way into more and more homes and offices. It is a fantastically simple way for you to save money for your business. What could be easier than switching lights off when they’re not being used and only filling the kettle as much as you need to? The hardest thing is getting into the habit of doing these things, but once you’ve started, it soon becomes second nature.
Habits like these on the energy saving front won’t make an immediate impact, but they can save your business a good chunk of money in the long run. This way, you’ll be saving the environment as well as your wallet.
Printer ink is notoriously expensive these days, too, so two ways to save money in this department are to buy recycled ink cartridges and, of course, print only when it is absolutely necessary. Recycled cartridges are available at a fraction of the price of a new cartridge. Moreover, If you can get by on your computer screen without printing page after page out, then you are saving the environment and your wallet in yet another way.
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