Small Business Cost-Cutting to Survive the Current Economic Crisis

Small Business Cost-Cutting to Survive the Current Economic Crisis


To survive as a business owner in this difficult Economic climate, you are likely to be faced with some hard choices.

1. Cutting your workforce

It’s never an easy thing to do, but there are times when laying off employees is unavoidable. With most businesses, an Economic slowdown leads to a reduced workload, and fewer resources to support the current workforce.

If you decide to go this route, visit the Department of Labor website in your state, to ensure that you comply with all state employment laws and regulations.


2. Reducing employer provided insurance

Assuming that you provide employer-paid benefits, a more palatable solution to reducing employee-related expenses is to reduce the benefits provided to your full-time workers. Some options:

a. Eliminate less critical insurance (such as dental and vision coverage);

b. Slash health insurance costs by 30% or more by adopting higher deductibles and/or co-pays

Seek advice from your insurance agent to discuss the alternatives.


3. Decreasing advertising costs

Although advertisers will warn you that this is the worst possible time to cut back on your advertising budget, you have to consider the source of that advice.

While in your particular business sector, keeping your advertising dollars at work makes the most sense, you alone are in the best position to make that determination.


4. Increasing or decreasing business hours

If you run a service business out of your home, lengthening your business day may be an easy way to catch those few extra clients that call after normal hours.

On the other hand, if yours is a store-front retail business, the required expense of having at least one employee on the premises, may make longer hours an illogical choice (unless there is sufficient demand by shoppers during those hours). Instead, closing early and opening late (assuming these hours are slower than average) will improve your bottom line.

The point here is to maximize your return on investment. You will have to do the math to see which option makes the most sense for your business.


This too shall pass

Hard Economic times force us all to make unpleasant choices. Be sure to carefully consider all options before making any decisions. The most important objective should be the survival of your business until the current Economic storm passes.


Small Business Cost-Cutting to Survive the Current Economic Crisis

Small businesses have been hit hard by the current economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to survive and continue operating, many small businesses have had to implement cost-cutting measures. In this article, we will explore some small business cost-cutting strategies that can help businesses weather the current economic storm.


  1. Review Your Expenses

The first step in cutting costs is to review your expenses. Take a close look at your budget and identify areas where you can reduce your spending. Look for expenses that are not essential to your business operations, such as subscriptions or services that are not being used, and consider cutting them.


  1. Renegotiate Contracts

If you have contracts with vendors or suppliers, consider renegotiating them to get better terms. For example, you may be able to negotiate a lower price or longer payment terms. Don’t be afraid to ask for better terms, as many vendors and suppliers are willing to work with small businesses during difficult economic times.


  1. Reduce Overhead Costs

Overhead costs such as rent, utilities, and insurance can be a significant expense for small businesses. Look for ways to reduce these costs, such as negotiating lower rent or switching to a more affordable insurance provider. You may also be able to reduce your utility bills by implementing energy-saving measures, such as using energy-efficient light bulbs or turning off electronics when not in use.


  1. Cut Non-Essential Services

If your business offers non-essential services or products, consider cutting them temporarily. This can help to reduce your expenses while focusing on your core business operations. For example, a restaurant may decide to temporarily stop offering catering services in order to focus on takeout and delivery orders.


  1. Implement Remote Work

Remote work can be a cost-effective solution for small businesses. By allowing employees to work from home, you can reduce overhead costs such as rent and utilities. Additionally, remote work can improve productivity and employee satisfaction, leading to better business outcomes.


  1. Seek Financial Assistance

There are many financial assistance programs available for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These programs may include loans, grants, or other forms of financial assistance. Look for programs that are available in your area and apply for them to help offset some of your business costs.

In conclusion, small business cost-cutting strategies can help businesses survive the current economic crisis. By reviewing your expenses, renegotiating contracts, reducing overhead costs, cutting non-essential services, implementing remote work, and seeking financial assistance, you can reduce your business expenses and improve your chances of surviving during these challenging times.


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Author: Mohammed A Bazzoun
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