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Surprising Ways That Your Business Is Wasting Its Capital

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The success of your business will always be linked to financial circumstances. Therefore, it’s imperative that you learn to maximize the efficiency of your company. Stamping out unnecessary waste is an integral feature. 

While some examples of financial waste are fairly obvious, others are a little more deceptive. Here are five situations that could be causing damage without you even realizing it. Attend to them ASAP, and you will reap the rewards. 

#1. High Staff Turnover

Businesses should always appreciate the need for successful staffing. A growing number of employees have turned their attention to the financial benefits of using remote workers, which is great. For sustained success, though, maintaining a strong team is more vital than building it. Understanding why good employees leave their roles will give you the strength to prevent negative outcomes. In turn, you’ll no longer waste time and money on continued recruitment and onboarding tasks. Better still, clients can become familiar with staff members. 

#2. Sourcing Items Locally

At a glance, you’d think that using local suppliers would be the best answer for your finances. In reality, importing goods (legally) can often provide a better solution. You will need to consider the potential time delays while also checking the credentials of a supplier. However, when you transfer money to China in an instant fashion, you can reduce the time-related issues. In addition to reducing your expenses, this approach can often increase the quality. It’s not only product supplies that benefit from this either. Outsourced IT and customer care are two further examples.

#3. Internal Marketing Strategies

Your marketing strategies, such as SEO, social media posts, PPC, and offline ads provide a solid foundation. Still, restricting your marketing campaigns to these ideas can stop you from unlocking the full potential. Paying social influencers may seem like an added expense, but they offer fantastic ROIs and deliver fast results. On a similar note, affiliate schemes can have a telling impact. While you will lose a percentage of your sales revenue, the increase in sales volumes will boost the overall profits. This is the least you deserve. 

#4. Telecommunications

When handling fundamental services needed to make the workplace tick, you can assume that all providers are the same. You’re probably using price comparisons to find cost-effective energy providers. Still, you could be missing out elsewhere. The cost of telecoms infrastructure and call plans can blow a hole into your finances. Switching to VoIP solutions could be the answer. While it does require a small transition, the financial rewards can be huge. Connections become more reliable too, which is another attractive prospect for all entrepreneurs. 

#5. Inferior Protection

Prevention is the best form of protection, but finding the motivation to invest money on security tools isn’t easy. At least, not unless you look at the long-term picture. When you do, you’ll see that CCTV and digital data protection can reduce insurance quotes. Moreover, it puts employees at ease, which can improve their work rate. Finally, the subsequent investment of time and money it’d take to repair the damage of a breach should inspire you to take charge. Intellectual property needs protecting while workspaces should be kept safe. You might not notice it, but you will save funds.

 

About the author /


Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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