Every organisation around the world has to contend with increasing outgoing costs on a regular basis. Some outgoings they can reduce, others they can remove completely and there are some that unfortunately, have to simply be put up with.
Although these three communication outgoings are all necessary for a small business, there’s no need to just sit back and accept an increased cost with any of them, with the following information explaining how you can save money on cell phone bills, website hosting and computers.
1. Cell phone bills
Whether you’re a growing business and want to supply each member of staff with a cell phone or you’re a sole trader with just one cell phone, the best way to get a great deal on your cell phone is simple – ask.
When you’re buying various products or services, asking directly for a reduction in the price can sometimes have the adverse impact and you can get the sales person’s back up. With cell phones, competition in the market is so fierce that if you contacted your carrier, explained you were struggling to pay the bill as it stood at the moment, but really enjoyed the service and wondered if there was anything they could do, rather than you having to leave, it’s almost guaranteed that they’ll be able to knock at least a few dollars off your bill every month.
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2. Website hosting
Arguably one of the most mis-understood online costs, small businesses, without the right knowledge, can end up paying unnecessary amounts each month for website hosting, something that’s often due to them being sold a package well beyond their needs ‘for future proof, growth purposes’.
While there’s no doubt getting more than you need is a great idea, paying $200 for several gigabytes of space and bandwidth each month when you’re actually only likely to need a tenth of that for the first few months is completely unnecessary.
And with just a little bit of research and analysis of your current website data, you should be able to move to a package that is suitable for your storage and bandwidth requirements at the present moment in time.
One of the most popular ways to save money on computer hardware at the moment is to have your employees use their own computers. It may not have been an option in the past, but when you consider most people now have their own personal laptop, it makes financial sense to ask them to use it and simply pay for the relevant software to ensure they can carry out their role effectively.
Simple, cost-effective and although it might raise a few eyebrows at first, your employees will soon come round to the idea and see the benefits for them and the company as a whole.
Running a small business can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be unaffordable and this information provides ideas on how you can save a small fortune on three must-have communication outgoings.