Everyone loves to save money and over the years I’ve picked up a few ways to do so. This post is aimed at UK businesses and ways to save money for random things…
Get your gas and electricity from separate providers
In the UK anyone can bill you for your gas and electricity. This was introduced to prevent monopolies controlling prices. Many of us get calls from telemarketers promising things like “we can save you £252 on your yearly bills”. In many cases you will save money, but rarely will you get the best deal for both your gas and electricity from one provider.
The one reason why it may sometimes be best to stick with one company for both is if they have a special deal for something else. For example British Gas offers extras like 20% off home insurance if you buy their gas, I assume they will have similar offers for businesses too. There are comparison websites to get quotes and from then on it is a pretty simple process to switch provider.
Get your business supplies through a single company
This is the future of business purchasing. Basically instead of dealing with lots of different suppliers, you let one agency source the best deals from their own network of suppliers. They then take a tiny fraction each month, but you will end up saving lots of money. They are able to get better deals because they have good relationships with suppliers and are buying in bulk.
Companies like Supplyou are springing up at the moment and they can save all types of businesses a lot of money. These companies usually offer a free consultation which involves looking at what you already buy, then they go away and see how much they can improve it by with their suppliers. It is a win-win situation and you have that extra person on your side if anything goes wrong with deliveries. This applies to all companies from hotels to nursing homes to schools.
Hire students for creative positions
Students are ten a penny and many are prepared to work for around minimum wage. They are often talented individuals and skilled. When they go out in the world they will need an impressive CV to show potential employers. Where they can really be of use is in creative positions. If you need a new graphic doing for an advert or a website building, students will jump at the chance to help you and build up their portfolio.
To find them visit sites like Student Jobs and try to find someone who is specialising in the task you need doing. Many students will be prepared to do any old job to get some extra cash, but they won’t be too happy about it. The key is to find someone who has a genuine interest in the task at hand. If you have something creative or technical then you will likely find that they do a great job at a very reasonable rate.