Examining and restructuring your costs will ensure your business not only survives but thrives when sales slow down.
Consider these 3 simple cost saving strategies.
1. Income > expenses
Do you know your business' break even point? Break Even Analysis identifies the minimum sales you require to cover your "necessary" business expenses. It requires you to calculate your total fixed costs (ie. rent, interest etc), gross profit margin and then you 'sensitise' your sales to produce a break even result ($0 profit).
Once you have determined your break even point, be realistic in assessing your likely sales and recalculate your result as your gross profit margin fluctuates.
2. Reduce your fixed costs
Successful businesses have their cost structure weighted to variable costs (ie. low fixed costs). Activity Based Costing is a process that enables you to analyse and change your cost structure. For example, using contractors to provide non-core services to your business or outsourcing the distribution of your products (ie. freight) are examples of variable cost strategies.