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How To Run A Lean Startup

Starting a business takes a lot of preparation, and once the launch has happened that’s only the beginning; in order to be truly successful, you will need to look into ways of saving money at every turn and running a lean business (at least until you are making a good profit).

It’s not always easy to determine where you should save money in business, but if you read on, you’ll find there are some simple ways to get started.

Hire Skills Not People.

It may sound harsh, but when you’re running a business it is a person’s skills that count most, and that’s what you need to look at when you start hiring. The better skilled a person is in whichever sector you want help with, the further along your business will grow. Hiring someone just because you like them and enjoy their company might make for a fun working environment, but if it won’t make for a profitable one, you should think again.

Outsourcing Can Wait.

It’s always best – if you want to save money – to do something yourself first before you look into outsourcing. Outsourcing is a wonderful way to save your business time, but when it comes to money, it has the opposite effect when you’ve just started. A little way down the line and outsourcing is something you probably should do, but right at the start, you should try to do as much yourself as possible, and only outsource when completely necessary.

Search For Bargains.

In business, getting the right deal can make the difference between success and failure. Bear this in mind, and it will make shopping for office equipment, utilities, even warehouse space, and investments a much easier thing to do.

In many cases, you can use comparison tools to really help you to know you’ve chosen the best option to save your business money – you can check out business electricity prices, for example, and compare all the options open to you. Finding a good deal is paramount to running a lean business, so take your time over it when necessary.

Work From Home.

Working from home and running your business from there might not be your dream; you might have visions of a vast warehouse and large, open-plan office space, or similar ideas. However, when you have just launched, those plans might need to wait. It will be far more cost effective to use a space you already have and don’t have to pay extra for.

Working from home has other benefits as well:

  • No commuting is required, so you have more working time and less traveling time
  • A better work-life balance
  • Less stress
  • Better productivity through comfort

All of this plus the fact that you will be saving a lot of money should help to increase business and make having a separate office space more of a reality.

Check Your Cashflow.

It’s easy to ignore what’s happening in your bank account, and sometimes it might feel as though it’s best just to get on with things and hope for the best, but check your account and the cash flow surrounding it must be done on a regular basis.

If you know what’s going in and out of your business, you will be better able to budget for the future, and spot where you can save money.

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