Saving money is the key to running a successful business. You have to spend efficiently and make profit. There are so many expenses involved in running a business. If too much cash is wasted for purchasing office supplies, you will not have much left in your bank account at the end of the month. There is always going to be a limited amount of budget available to you for purchasing office supplies, especially if you are running your own business. Hence it is crucial to learn how to effectively manage the limited amount of budget you have on your hands and still be able to provide for all the office supplies needs of your company.
Office supplies could mean a number of things, such as paper, folders, stamps, staples, inks etc. Their total cost may exceed your budget. But do not worry; a little planning can help you in making sure that your entire budget is able to cover all your office supplies needs.
Here are a few tips:-
There are a lot of huge stores that provide stationary items and all sorts of office supplies. The best way to make purchases from them is to make sure that you are able to get some of your cash back. You can enroll into their savings program and make sure you have a savings card or an account open with one of these stores. Since these stores need loyal customers who will only purchase from them, they are willing to offer sweet deals. They offer incentives like rewards in the form of cash or gift cards, and loyalty programs benefitting frequent purchasers. You can earn some of your cash back every time you purchase from them and this amount can be utilized for future purchases. This is a great way to save money on office supplies and all you need to do is to locate the supplier who can offer you the best deal.
Rebates are offers from office supplies stores that refund the customer a portion of the price of the item he or she purchased from the store. Some rebates even include refunding the entire price. It is a great way to manage your budget. A manager in charge of purchasing of office supplies should regularly look for such rebate offers. The weekly circulars issued by these stores include the information about the rebates being offered by them. As soon as you find a hot deal, grab it. Some stores ask the customers to mail them the rebate form and once they receive that form, they refund the amount to the customer by mailing them a check in return. At times stores also give rebates by crediting the amount to the customer’s loyalty card.
A printer is a kind of equipment that is regularly used in an office and the ink for the cartridges can turn out to be a big expense and a strain on the budget of office supplies depending on the usage. However adjusting a few of the printer settings can help you save some money. A printer setting can be adjusted either to colored or just black and white. Another setting includes adjusting the printer to operate in a mode called ‘fast draft’. Operating the printer on this mode allows for the minimum possible ink to be used for each printout. You must use this mode whenever you can as it is a very economical choice. Another way to save money on printer expenses is to set your word processing software to eco-friendly font type. Eco friendly fonts also help saving ink, but probably can only be used when making prints for a document which is not very important and most probably will only seen by you.