by Nick Robinson | Mar 21, 2013 | Accounting, Business
Starting a business is exciting, stressful and expensive. Whether you’re paying out of your own, an investor’s or bank’s pocket, every penny counts. Having a solid financial base for your business when it all gets going is incredibly important. You do not want to be starting on shaky ground. Getting your business going has its fair share of costs, but there’s a few ways to bring them down and get off on the right track.
Making Contacts with Local Businesses
Now, this is something that every business does anyway. More contacts clearly means more business, but there is another side to it that can end up saving you a fair bit of cash in the future. A lot of other businesses are going to have services you might need. Printers, marketing agencies and caterers all have something that might be useful. In turn, you may also have a service or product that is integral to their company. It’s always a good idea to try and make some deals with companies like this. For example, offering a discount between each other is beneficial to you both. Not only could it save you a bit now, but it’ll be of use further down the line too. You never know when you might need a service, so be sure to introduce yourself to as many people from the local business community as you can.
Don’t Quit the Day Job
The perfect idea has hit you. You know exactly what it is you want to do and you know it’ll be a great success. The first instinct is to dive right in and get working on it. This is a pitfall many fall down either through naivety or a bit of denial. Dropping your full time job to work for yourself on a brand new project just isn’t a very good idea, unless you happen to have a lot of capital to work with. Most people soon realise you’re going to have to keep your normal job and work on your business in your spare time. It’ll be tough, but it’ll be worth it. If you’re really enthusiastic and confident about your idea then you’ll be willing to toil on through.
Take Advantage of Free Software
There is a common fallacy among people that if something is free it means it can’t be as good as a product you have to pay for. This is completely untrue. There are absolutely superb pieces of software out there that you don’t have to pay a penny for. You need to consider exactly what it is you need as well. If you need to design a flyer, you don’t need to go out and buy the full version of Photoshop when you can just use GIMP for free. If you need a simple website to include some information about your business, use a template on WordPress. If at some point you need to do something more complicated, then consider paying out. In the meantime, take advantage of the huge array of free programs at are out there.