How to save money in the office

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A new notebook here, a new pen there – whether you work from a small home office or in a large department, little expenses can soon add up and these are often entirely avoidable. To help you cut down on these extra bills, we’ve compiled a list of the best office money hacks to reduce your business’ outgoings, with some as easy as flicking a switch.

Go green

Reducing our carbon footprint is an important issue and addressing it can help save both the planet and some pennies. Small changes to your day, such as reducing your plastic waste by using mugs, metal straws and cutlery instead of plastic bottles and straws, as well as printing documents double-sided, will help to keep costs down as well as reducing office waste.

plastic waste

Bulk buy

Bulk buying office supplies is already commonplace in a lot of offices, but it’s a practice that can easily be replicated in smaller working environments. A monthly order of everyone’s office needs will save your business a significant amount of money, because a lot of the time, the larger your order, the more you can save. From stationery essentials, to catering to postage supplies, you can grab all of your office necessities here.

Modernise your marketing

The majority of modern day office work takes place online and that’s also where businesses are best able to reach their target audiences. Online advertising is the cheapest and most efficient way of connecting companies with consumers, so persuade your clients to go 100% digital and ditch any outdated marketing strategies, such as flyers and booklets.

Unplug and switch off

Recent research shows that the average annual cost of leaving the lights on when you leave a room is a whopping £838.661 per person, so doing so in large office spaces is going to cost your business an awful lot.

turn off lights to save money in the office

Motion sensor lights are a great way of reducing the cost of unnecessary lighting, while energy efficient options mean you pay less when you have them on. Alternatively, smart lighting bulbs allow you to turn your lights off remotely if you forget! Using smart chargers and turning off all of your devices at the end of the day will reduce costs over time, helping you to save more money for the office party!

Shop around for electricity suppliers

Like all bills, it’s important to shop around for the best deals for you. With electricity being used more than gas or water, this bill will always be significantly higher but there are ways of keeping costs down. Installing an electricity monitor, for example, means you can detect unnecessary usage, saving you money and reducing environmental damage.

Recycle and recharge

By buying recycled products, such as recycled paper, as well as recycling yourself, you can cut the costs of some of the most expensive office equipment in half. Recycling broken tech, such as laptops and printers, or selling them for parts, can also generate cash.

Another easy way of saving money is to buy rechargeable batteries, instead of disposable ones, so you can use them again and again, giving you a mighty saving over the year.

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