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How to Set up a Business and Save Money

I get a lot of people ask me how I was able to afford setting up my own business. It’s true that it’s not an easy time to make any business successful right now, but there are ways. Just because the economy is in trouble doesn’t mean you have to let your ideas linger until the time is right. There may never be the perfect time to go it alone, so why hold back? I have to admit it hasn’t been easy, but it is possible if you are frugal with money, are careful with each and every penny and look for ways to save money.

If you are starting a business I have a few tips that should help you get off on the right foot:

  1. There is nothing wrong with second hand, or third hand for that matter. I set up my business with used machinery, used IT equipment and even used furniture. I didn’t buy anything brand new unless I really had to. You can find brilliant suppliers that will sell you decent equipment that costs far less compared with buying brand new. You can save a fortune this way so that’s why this is my number one tip.
  2. Choose your suppliers carefully. I am not only talking about parts and products here, I am talking about all supplies from paper to packing materials. Always seek out the most competitive prices from companies that provide a quality service.
  3. Don’t waste energy or water. Look at ways of reducing heating costs, such as reducing the thermostat by one degree. You can also reduce water use by asking your water company for a water displacement bag to put in the cisterns of your toilets. Remember to open the blinds in the day so the sun can help to heat the rooms and close them at night to stop heat escaping. It’s also useful to set the heating to come on just twenty minutes before your employees arrive, any earlier is just a waste.
  4. Sell your unused equipment on. Don’t leave items unused in your stock room for months. If you no longer need the item find someone to buy it off you and put the money back in the business.

Providing you implement sensible spending you should find that you make every penny count. It has certainly helped me stay in business so far and it’s something I plan to continue doing even as the business expands.

Buy the best used equipment and save a fortune. Electro Motion supply quality stock for less, suitable for all types of businesses and ventures.

 

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Blackle: Is it really the First Green Search Engine and why

There is a new website called Blackle, which has the ambitious goal of becoming a new type of green search engine. It has been specifically designed with the eco-conscious web surfers in mind. This author set about to investigate whether the design and the claims made about its eco-design are in fact true.

It should be noted that this website serves as gateway for Google searches and comes with a completely different look. The designers have reversed the Google color scheme so that result pages are shown in colored text with a black back drop. They say that this is done in order to decrease the energy utilization of computer monitors.

It seems that the idea behind this eco-friendly search engine came from a claim that if Google changed its design to black, then it would save a huge amount of power and energy.

However it is important to note that the savings made are likely to come from older monitors, such as the CRT monitors, which many people have now upgraded from. With an older cathode ray tube monitor, you will certainly make energy savings with a black background, but as many consumers now use thin screen, energy efficient monitors, the savings are likely to be much smaller.

These days it is common to find LCD monitors on the desks of most offices and in the homes of a majority of people. As such, the savings are going to be much less. It has actually been discovered that the computer monitor’s use of color can only minimally affect the change in the energy output. In fact, there was a consulting firm that ran a test and found that loading Google Blackle on a CRT monitor and a LCD monitor made very little difference.

David Korn, principal at Cadmus who ran the test uncovered data showing that the screen color just didn’t really matter when it came to the cosumption of energy caused by the color of the LCD monitor.  As such, this shows that the difference is so small that it is almost hard to trace. In fact, the only major changes that they saw from the test occured when they made changes to the monitor’s contrast and brightness settings.

As you can see from the data above, it seems that the idea of creating an eco-friendly search engine needs to be re-thought. It is still a possibility but we will need to wait a little longer.

Pat Lindle is a business owner and an environmentalist.  Pat makes Blackle the default search engine for all computers in his metal deck / steel deck business to ensure that his company is as environmentally conscious as possible, at all times.

 

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Green Business Transportation

Cutting carbon emissions has been the subject of much attention in recent years with the British Government vowing to reduce carbon emissions 80% by 2050.

There has been a resulting focus on energy consumption in businesses with various regulations and incentives for organisations to become, and remain, environmentally friendly.

Cutting the amount of energy used in the physical workplace, whether it is an office, hospital, educational establishment or otherwise, is one of the main ways for a business to become more eco-friendly.

Transport is another major area which can be adapted to embrace energy saving measures. If you have a fleet of cars which are used for business purposes then there plenty of scope to save both energy and money.

When purchasing company cars, make your selection based on fuel efficiency. This will not only save your business money but will have a significant impact on the emissions released. Car sharing could be another option worth considering. Think about whether or not each individual staff member needs their own vehicle for everyday business. If not, a car pool scheme could be the ideal way to save a hefty sum.

It can prove worthwhile to provide your staff with training for fuel efficient driving techniques. According to Business Link, men and women who have taken part in the Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving (SAFED) training course save an average of £500 each year, simply by driving in a more energy efficient way.

Face to face interaction is important for business transactions but there may be instances where email or video conferencing can be used as opposed to travelling to make the visit in person

How your employees get to work is another area to consider when cutting energy consumption. Promote car sharing amongst employees and do everything possible to make the system accessible and easy to use. Ensure there are good facilities, such as showers or bicycle racks, for staff who cycle or walk to work.

If you are searching for new office space then look at locations in close proximity to public transport links. This encourages staff and anyone else visiting your office to make use of public transport instead of driving or taking a taxi.

The same principle can be applied to any business events being planned. Using an easily accessed venue will make it more likely that visitors will use public transport.  

Many organisations are introducing travel plans to reduce car use and increase energy efficiency, with funding and incentives often available. The Enhanced Capital Allowance Scheme offers a tax incentive to businesses that invest in energy saving equipment and there are numerous ways in which your business may be rewarded for adopting an eco-friendly approach to transport and other running costs, such as business electricity.

Jennifer is a part of the digital blogging team at cashzilla.co.uk who work with a growing number of finance brands. For more information about me, or to keep up to date with the latest in finance news, check out my posts at cashzilla.co.uk or visit my Twitter account, @cashzilla.

 
 

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