Minimise Business Start-up Costs: Some Common Sense Tips

The high costs associated with starting up a business, or indeed running a small company, often serve as a deterrent for would-be entrepreneurs. After analysing the market and developing an excellent business idea, the initial set-up costs, together with the long term running expenditure, can stand in the way of these potential businesses getting off the ground.

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Aside from purchasing raw materials if the business involves manufacturing a product, the costs involved with setting up a business include paying for a place to work from, purchasing equipment, tools and furniture together with communication fees for telephone and internet. It goes without saying that when added up, these initial costs can be extremely daunting.

There are ways, however, that these initial start-up costs can be significantly reduced. For example, a popular choice for fledgling businesses is the use of serviced offices, which provide all-inclusive office space usually for a set monthly fee and include office cleaning, front of house support and administration. These are attractive due to minimal upfront costs, an all-inclusive monthly fee enabling easy budgeting, fully furnished suites and a business address. The time-consuming activities usually associated with setting up a business are taken care of, which enables the company owner to focus on developing the business.

Serviced offices are also an excellent choice for small established businesses. Companies pay for the office space that is required yet have access to shared meeting rooms when needed, reception and administrative support. Additional office space is easily available as the business expands.

At least in the short term many start-up businesses may not actually require a physical office space, and new business entrepreneurs may instead choose to work from home. However, to increase success and maintain a professional image for customers the use of a virtual office space may prove beneficial.

Virtual office space provides an established business address and meeting space for meetings with clients and closing deals but allows the business owner and employees to work from home. In a similar manner to serviced offices, virtual offices allow businesses to enjoy the amenities of an office setting when needed without the cost of purchasing or renting unneeded property or equipment.

Making use of companies that allow you to find and book conference facilities is a further way that businesses can develop while ensuring expenditure is kept to a minimum. Rather than purchasing a property that can accommodate a significant number of conference attendees, businesses can take advantage of facilities which can host and arrange conferences and meetings. These are particularly useful for businesses that have new staff who perhaps need training in order to develop expertise, but don’t want to pay for a larger conference facility.

By taking advantage of some of the many facilities on the market, a start-up or small business is able to divert the majority of available capital to urgent expenses whilst still maintaining a professional business image in the form of a physical office or meeting facility. The key to a successful start-up is to explore ways of minimising the initial outlay usually associated with setting up a business.