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How to save money as a startup in 2023

Personal_Finance / Money Saving Jan 30, 2023 - 05:16 AM GMT

By: Sumeet_Manhas


Running a startup can be a costly endeavour, especially in the early stages when resources are limited. The strain may be even harder with the current economic climate, with many predicting a global recession in 2023.

However, there are ways to save money and stretch your budget further. This article aims to outline some methods of how startups can save money in 2023.

Use open source software

Open source software is software that is available for free and can be used, modified, and distributed by anyone. There is a huge range of high-quality open source software including operating systems, productivity tools, and design tools. 

Using open source software can be especially beneficial for startups because it allows you to access a wide range of tools without having to worry about their costs, or licensing fees.

Additionally, there is often a huge community of developers who contribute to open source software. This can often result in software that is more reliable and easier to use, with the extra perk of being free.

Take advantage of co-working spaces

Co-working spaces can be a cost-effective alternative to renting a traditional office, especially in the early stages of your startup.

Co-working spaces are shared office spaces that can be used by small businesses who do not have the desire nor the budget to rent out entire office buildings. They provide a more flexible and cost-effective alternative to traditional office spaces.

You can rent private offices, shared desks, and meeting rooms on a monthly or hourly basis, and even add or subtract the number of desks you use per month as needed. Co-working spaces also often offer high-speed internet, printing and copying services at no extra charge. 

Co-working spaces can also provide a sense of community and the opportunity to network with other professionals and businesses. Many co-working spaces also host their own events and workshops, which can be a great way for startups to network and connect with others in their industry.

Use free or low-cost marketing tools

Leveraging free or low-cost marketing tools can be a great way for startups to save money and reach a wider audience without breaking the bank.

Examples of this can be social media marketing, email marketing, and influencer marketing.  Partnering with influencers who have a large following in your industry can help you reach a wider audience and increase brand awareness. Often micro-influencers (with less than 50K followers on any platform) have the same engagement as larger, more expensive ones, and will charge lower rates.

You could even focus on your own content strategy, which will bring eyes onto your business for absolutely free. By taking the time to understand social media optimization, you can get thousands of clicks without paying a penny. 

Negotiate with suppliers and vendors

Don't be afraid to negotiate prices and terms with suppliers and vendors. It never hurts to ask for a discount.

Before you try to negotiate your prices, do some research  to get a sense of the going rates for the goods or services you are purchasing. This will help you to get a clear idea of reasonable prices, and may give you more leverage.

Outsource non-core tasks

Outsourcing non-core tasks refers to the practice of hiring external companies or individuals to handle tasks that are not central to your business. This allows start-ups to save on labour costs and instead focus on their core competencies.

Start-ups can outsource any tasks that they do not have the resources to handle in-house. This includes accounting, HR, and content creation, which can be done by freelancers who are not employees of the company. 

By Sumeet Manhas

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