looking to cut expenses

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by tiedeman, Aug 23, 2003.

  1. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    I am trying to cut down our monthly expenses by $200 a month. I know that it may not seem like much, but it is a lot harder than it seems. Now when I say expenses I mean like phone, office supplies, print cartridges, amount of paper use, etc. We have actually switched over to PDA's to save money on ink and paper useage.

    Any other ideas on how to cut expenses, not including equipment?
  2. mrbenfer

    mrbenfer LawnSite Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 136

    No personal Calls with business phones

    e-mail invoices--- (sounds like a great idea to me)
  3. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
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    If by saying phones that includes cell phones, check all your plans and make sure you are utilizing your minutes. Someone that constantly goes over, or someone that never touches their plan minutes adds up quick. :cool:
  4. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Hi Tiedeman,

    Do you have an idea what % of your customers you could email invoices too?
  5. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
    Messages: 1,647

    Consider your traveling in truck and car

    Any unecessary trips?
    Could you group appointments?

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 5,132

    check cell phone bill for unneeded services same 4 office phone
    also light bill do u have employees maby a few less hours her and there
    why do need to cut $200 things that bad?
  7. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    the reason for cut is because it's a goal that I have. I was thining about $150, but I figured $200 instead. Basically just a goal I wanted to try to see whether or not I could do it. So far, I am like probably saving around $120+ a month.

    I already email invoices to some customers, like only 3 of them.

    The cell phones: I have actually thought about just totally dropping the cellular minutes on my Nextel and only have 2-Way.

    What I have done so far for per monthly:
    take off caller id Save $10.00
    buying print cartridges at a different place Save $6.00
    buying teeshirts, not polo work shirts Save $80.00

    And then little stuff like using PDA's instead of paper, cutting down on mile radius, loading & unloading equipment myself, not my employees, maintenance myself as well, fueling up equipment myself the night before. There are a bunch of other little stuff as well.

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 5,132

    good 4 u i hope u can find a few more cuts i stoped eating out and take my lunch that saves me 5-10 a day
  9. GraZZmaZter

    GraZZmaZter LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 740

    Try to do all your daily "running around" in one trip.

    Write down what you have to do and where you have to do. Try to make a loop starting/ finishing at your house/office. Kind of like your mowing routes.

    Every little bit counts.
  10. Rustic Goat

    Rustic Goat LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,194

    What kind of employee expenses do you have, items that you furnish/pay for that might need to be cut down/eliminated?

    Have you gone back over the books to see what kinds of things your buying that while nice to have are not necessities?

    Of course you could always cut down on the bosses salary!:D Just a joke now, don't get steamed.

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