Saving Solutions: 5 Ways to Cut Business Overheads

Spending money in business is a necessary requirement. Spending too much money on non-essential purchases is not – it’s important to be able to cut these business overheads as much as possible to create the most profitable business you can. If you feel that your costs are spiraling, it’s time to take a good look at your expenditure and work out some ways to reduce it.

 

Conduct A Review

The time will come when you look at your monthly expenditure compared to your monthly income and realize that something needs to be done about it. Great! That’s the first step to solving the issue. If you have an accountant, ask them for a list of your current overhead costs. If you do your bookkeeping yourself, you should be able to search for the list through your accounting software. With that list in hand, really delve into it, and be brutal; what costs can you afford to reduce? What can you do without completely? Look for things that you no longer need, or that could be found elsewhere for less money.

Speak to Your Employees

Your employees are the life-blood of your company, and they see it day in day out from a unique perspective. Ask them where they think costs could be saved, and how to make the business more efficient. You might be surprised with what they come up with. You don’t have to implement everything, but taking your employees’ suggestions into consideration could save you money. Remember to thank them for their contributions!

 

De-Clutter

If you have a storeroom, it’s likely that it’s filled with old printers and copiers, perhaps an old fax machine or two. You may no longer have a need for these items, but someone will pay you good money to take them off your hands – see what you’ve got and list it on an auction site, or in the local want ads section. You’ll raise some capital and clear some space at the same time.

 

Buy in Bulk

Although you might spend more money than you had intended to begin with, buying in bulk will save you money in the long term. Search for deals on the items that you use the most, such as printer paper, ink, envelopes, even coffee and toilet paper. You may be able to negotiate a great deal with your suppliers if you up your order. If you don’t have room to store the extra products in your office, rent a storage unit to keep them safe until you want them. The cost of your savings should off-set the cost of the rental so you’re still saving money.

 

Credit Cards

Don’t shy away from credit cards because you think they’re expensive or difficult to use. They could save you money if you use them correctly. Find a card that has the lowest monthly fees but that also gives you the most benefits, such as air miles, cash back, or other rewards. You can redeem the rewards and save yourself money on your travel, for example. If you pay the credit card off in full each month you won’t get caught up in the problem of interest accruing either.

 

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Beating Credit Card Debt with an Unconventional Solution

 

 

 

Credit card debt is a bugbear for many people in the United States. Once it gathers momentum, it is extremely difficult to stop. A slew of recent data reports confirms a new reality: credit card usage is rising but there are encouraging signs on the horizon. In Q2 2017, credit card debt increased to a record high of 91 million additional accounts, according to the ABA (American Bankers Association).

After a lacklustre Q1, volumes surged by an estimated 9% across the board. The slew of data is not necessarily bad: banks, credit authorities, and non-bank lenders are a lot more cautious about who they’re lending money to and how much they’re lending. This is one of the biggest differences between current credit card expansion and the pre-2008 global financial crisis levels. Multiple checks and balances are in place to guard against default, by limiting banks’ exposure to risky customers.

US Economy Improving with Better Credit Management

The subprime market also faces lower levels of credit expansion, and this is good news for the US economy. The annual figures also indicate room for optimism, with purchase volumes increasing by 4.9% for prime accounts, and super-prime accounts rising by 5.2%. Subprime accounts decreased by 1%. According to the October 2017 credit monitor, which encompasses data from April through June of this year, the number of accounts open in the past 24 months increased at the slowest pace since 2013. This indicates that new subprime and prime accounts have been beset by subdued growth.

Credit card utilization is increasing, but customers are increasingly careful about how they manage their credit card debt. Another encouraging statistic from credit card utilization and personal disposable income indicates that PDI increased to 5.46% during Q2 2017, after declining in Q1 2017. However, this level has remained stagnant since 2012. Growth in credit card utilization and expansion bodes well for the overall US economy, since it indicates increased spending. 70% of US GDP is comprised of consumer expenditure. The fact that US customers are managing their credit card debt and other lines of credit is also an encouraging sign.

Effective Debt Management Solutions

Growth in the credit markets is moving in tandem with the growth in the US economy overall. With rising levels of consumer confidence, it is clear that various tactics and strategies are being employed to deal with debt in a much more effective manner. Several strategies are being used to limit the negative effects of a burgeoning debt levels. One of them is a growing range of debt consolidation options available to clients.

Debt consolidation is a highly effective way of making lower payments on your outstanding debts through a lower-interest loan. Simply put, debt consolidation groups together similar debt (in this case credit card debt) and pays it off with a single loan from a lower-interest bank or non-bank lender. In this way, clients get to enjoy a lower debt burden and affordable repayments. Debt consolidation should certainly be considered over debt settlement for many reasons. For starters, debt consolidation will not adversely affect your credit score.

Why Debt Settlement is Bad

Debt settlement requires a negotiation (settlement) with your creditors. This typically results in your paying less to settle all your debts with your creditors. However, they are likely to report you to the credit bureaus which will then lower your credit score. If you are unable to make good on your repayments, debt settlement can be negotiated either directly between yourself and the creditor, or a third-party to negotiate a deal on your behalf. It should only be considered if no other options are available.

Debt consolidation is available through several means, such as transferring high credit card balances to credit card accounts with low balances, and/or lower interest repayments. However, experts caution that balance transfer fee should be taken into account. Unpaid credit card balances on a high-interest accounts have an adverse effect on credit scores. The other option is a debt consolidation loan. You may pay 10% as opposed to 20% to 25% in interest. This is a major cost-saving and a big incentive for getting out of debt and keeping more of your hard-earned money in the process.

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