When you decide to quit your job or go solo on a new venture that you’re passionate about, you can sometimes feel the pressure of not having any income, at least until your new idea takes off and brings in revenue. Simple things like buying expensive food can make you worry and it makes you doubt whether starting a new business venture is worth the hassle.
Personally, working 9-5 in a corporation never sat well with me. I was fortunate that I started being an entreprenuer young, with very few responsibilities and bills to pay. For someone who has a family to feed, bills to pay like car and mortgages, you can soon see your bank account balance drop to zero. And there is nothing shameful in cost-saving when you’re trying to start your own business. It’s one of the most full-filling and exciting things you can do in your work life and if that means having to cut costs on certain luxuries, then so be it.
So let’s look at some examples of cost saving.
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House Hold Bills
If you’re an entrepreneur who is going to be working from home, that means you’ll be likely using your house utilities a lot more. Things like electricity and gas will be higher than if you left your house for 9 or 10 hours a day. But there are methods that can help reduce these bills.
For the winter, you want to wrap up warm and get yourself a wool blanket. Saving on heating bill and using warmer clothing is a great way of stopping your gas bill from going up. You can even buy little portable heaters too if you find your room too cold.
Aside from that, if your room does get really cold, a trip to your local cafe might also be a good alternative. You still have to buy something to use it, but it gets you into a heated space where you can do some work on a laptop or pad of paper.
Planning your business is one way you can cut on costs. Planning is essential because it allows you to avoid early and costly mistakes. When you’re looking at hiring freelancers, it’s a good idea to plan what exactly you need. If you go into things like this on a whim, you can definitely end up wasting resources on ordering stuff you don’t need.
Hustle And Take Advantage Of Offers
The internet is a place full of deals and offers. With a little bit of research, you can definitely save yourself some money. For example, if you need a website, Google offers a $300.00 credit for setting up a server. That’s free money for website hosting.
Namecheap offer new domains for as little as a $1 for new customers.
Use free trials of software before you buy them. There’s no point shelling out thousands of dollars on software if you’ve never used it before. You can find subscription deals that might benefit you more, where you pay on a monthly basis rather than a full-out right plan.