By Jill Phillips
Running a business, no matter how small it is, can be both expensive and harmful to the environment. A lot of money is often wasted on transport, inefficient technology, expensive utilities and so on. However, there are always ways to cut those costs and be eco-friendly in the process. Read on to find out for five ways your small business can save on technology costs.
You can also make your business greener by using electronics that come with an efficient Energy Star Rating. Save even more money on utilities by using energy-efficient light bulbs and installing programmable thermostats that optimize the climate inside your company offices.
Other cost-cutting measures that also increase your business’s environmental compatibility include, for example, installing a water filter so you and your team can stop using bottled water. As you can see, you go green in different ways – just think about what you can also do.
Your company also needs online file storage to enable your team to share information and collaborate on projects. Your cloud services can scale as your business grows, eliminating the fear and cost of expensive software and hardware replacements and upgrades.
Aside from security and affordability, cloud technologies enable the automation of many marketing and sales tasks and provide for customer service and support after the sale. You can also leverage cloud technologies to reduce your labor costs by expanding your workforce to include talented remote workers from anywhere in the world.
Virtual technologies such as video conferencing supported by tools such as Yugma and Meeting Burner provide robust platforms that make meetings inexpensive and productive. Meeting Burner requires no software downloads and allows participants to share their screens and ideas. It integrates with Skype, giving you many communication options.
Less travel, less pollution, less costs, more productivity.
Employees working from home reclaim the time formerly spent on their commute and reduce their environmental impact. Rather than use company space, they use their home office or alternate location as a work area. As a result, your firm requires less space which means lower rent and utility expenses.
This way, employers reduce their overhead, while employees get extra time for their private lives. As a result, employees enjoy an improved work-life balance that makes them happier and more productive at work.
The U.S. government passed the National Telework Initiative to encourage employers to adopt telecommuting as their new employment model, so let some of your employees work from home and see how your company saves money and improves productivity.
When your entire team works together, you can achieve impressive results. Start by holding a meeting to launch your program to save energy and the environment. Establish written guidelines in an electronic format to remind your team members of what you expect from them. Reinforce your effort by distributing relevant articles and videos that show them how to achieve further savings on technology costs. Don’t forget to hold scheduled meetings for brainstorming that can result in new ways to save money and the environment.
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Jill Phillips is a freelance writer from Buffalo, NY. She is an aspiring entrepreneur and tech enthusiast, who loves to share her insight on various topics. When she is not writing, Jill enjoys taking photos and hiking with her dog. Connect with Jill via Twitter @jillphlps