In the last few years, that workplace has changed dramatically, so that businesses can use entirely different processes and non-traditional business structures to get things done. Thanks to technology, there are many ways to cut costs and promote a more environmentally friendly workplace at the same time. Here are a few strategies that can help you do things more efficiently.
Take advantage of software as a service
Many businesses are finding value in software as a service (SaaS) products, and not just from a cost effective standpoint. For example, using a mobile POS system will allow you and your employees more flexibility to close business transactions from any location across multiple operating systems. With a cloud-based creative suite, you will no longer have to purchase multiple software licenses in order to expand your creative team.
In addition, businesses that use software as a service (SaaS) solutions produce significantly less carbon than businesses that use equivalent in-house services.
Consider the work anywhere culture
Many companies are now promoting a “work from anywhere” culture in to their business structure. With technological advancements, it is now possible to accomplish many work-related tasks from a mobile location. Employees can easily have calls forwarded, respond to emails, and participate in video conference calls from the comfort of their home. All of these make it possible for small businesses owner to cut down on the expenses of maintaining an office space and allow more flexibility in their employees schedules.
Going paperless is another great way that you can cut overhead costs and be more environmentally friendly in the workplace. In fact, reduce.org reports that annually, a typical office worker goes through 10,000 sheets of paper; by going paperless you can reduce the large amount of energy and resources your office consumes, reduce errors, and make it easier for employees to respond to customer requests in-office or from a remote location.
Upgrade instead of buying new
In many instances; business owners will spend thousands of dollars purchasing completely new computers and office equipment this year. While it’s always nice for a business to be able to afford new equipment, you might be able to save a pretty good sum and accomplish the same goal by upgrading your current equipment instead.
Investing in one or more of these solutions will help you significantly cut costs associated with doing business in your industry while reducing your company’s carbon footprint at the same time. While some may require you to make an initial investment, they will pay for themselves in short order and increase your business’ productivity and flexibility over the long-term as well. At that point, you can focus on doing what you do as a business instead of focusing on paying the bills.