Small business money saving tips #1

Good deals for small businesses online and off are out there. Every now and then we’ll try to bring them together for you in a regular money saving tips post.

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20th February 2009 at 8:49 pm

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Saving money for SMEs

We’re always getting sent special offers and deals for small businesses here at SmallBizPod.

Many of them are thinly veiled marketing stunts with little real value to startups or SMEs.

But every now and then I stumble on thinly veiled marketing stunts that actually are worth looking into, if you’re looking to save a little money for your business.

So, the long and the short is I thought I’d initiate a money saving tips blog post once in a while.

The idea is to include one cost cutting nugget of wisdom and a selection of deals and offers that make sense.

The downturn means all businesses are looking to save money and while we can but aspire to reach the heights of moneysavingexpert.com in the consumer space, it would be good if we could create a network of people keeping an eye out for deals that might help keep costs down.

If ever any of the deals involves an affiliate link, we’ll always mark it with an (a) so you can choose whether to avoid it or explore the deal anyway knowing you may in some small way help support SmallBizPod.

So, enough of the preamble.

Money Saving Tip #1

One of the most simple, but effective pieces of advice I’ve come across recently is from Andrew Griffiths who says every year he looks at how he can cut 20% off his business costs.  This isn’t always as hard to achieve as you might think.  

Costs creep up imperceptibly and knocking them on the head annually is a smart idea in a recession or otherwise.

FreeAgent Central

The online accounting service for freelancers, FreeAgent Central, got in touch to say they’ve just released a new version.  This cloud based solution certainly looks very beautiful as well as being fully functional for the needs of freelancers in particular.    

Not sure whether beauty is that important when it comes to doing your accounts, but if you own a Mac, you’ll probably want to check it out. 😉  Seriously though it works on Mac, PC and Linux – part of the beauty of software as a service.

As a SmallBizPod reader, try out the free trial before the end of February and, if you like what you see, you’ll get 25% off your first six months by using the code ‘newfac’.

Business IT Online Store

Business IT Online launches online office supplies shop for SMEsLast week saw Busness IT Online the software as a service suite for SMEs which recently hit 40,000 registered users introduce an online shop for office supplies (a).  They claim all 20,000 items are heavily discounted, so it should be possible to pick up some bargains, if you’re looking for office stationery or furniture.  

Certainly an interesting idea to mix the software as a service model which is the core Business IT Online offering with the selling of tangible products too.

Digital India and Digital China Conferences

Finally, our friends at Chinwag, working in partnership with UK Trade and Investment, are putting on two conferences aimed at digital businesses looking to understand and enter the Indian and Chinese markets.

The one day conferences take place on 3rd and 4th March with early bird discounts on tickets availalbe for Digital China until 2nd March and Digital India until 27th February respectively.

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If you know of any good bargains for small businesses, do get in touch.

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Alex is the founder and editor of SmallBizPod, the UK's first podcast dedicated to small business, start-ups and entrepreneurship. Alex writes about topical small business issues, entrepreneurs and anything else that catches his eye here on the small business blog. http://www.smallbizpod.co.uk

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