This a very broad question, but could you help me out with some more creative ideas than the usual on how a business can cut costs? Of course, it depends on the industry and a hundred other things, but if you have anything interesting for whatever industry I would take it!
Many many thanks!
Creative Methods to cut costs
Overview of answers
- Instead of buying (expensive) office chairs and tables, buy them at IKEA and have your employees assemble them (Amazon did that).
- Use AirBnB instead of hotels for business travel
- Use open source software
- Use motion detectors in office lamps and meeting rooms to automatically turn of lights (Deutsche Telekom does that)
- Use heat from data center to heat buildings
- Set default printer settings to grayscale and double-sided print
- Use tap water filtration/cooling machine instead of traditional water cooler bottles (not a good idea if your business is in Flint, though)
- Get people public transport tickets and company bikes instead of company cars
- MOST EFFECTIVE: Treat your people well to lower attrition and reduce search, hiring and onboarding costs!
Your question is so broad and specific at the same time that I believe that none of the answers would really help you. But here are some ideas from the real projects:
- Put asphalt instead of grass lawns on the huge factory and cut related employees
- Turn-off the computers at the retail store at night to save electricity
- Put the rugs at the hospital to cut the cleaning staff by 30%
One real-world example is to stop using offices and turn the company into a remote company. My friend's company did just this, moving from London to Morroco (see link: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/yourbusiness/11295288/Want-to-build-a-cool-start-up-Move-to-Morocco.html).