Ultimate Tips to Green Your Business and Save Money 82

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This is a guest post by Stacey Cooper, a business consultant and a contributor on bizzmark blog, with interests in small business, finances and green business.

Beside the fact that it’s good for the environment, running a green business is also great for your business’ bottom line.

Cutting down on waste and preserving resources saves money, and there are various simple things you can do to operate a business that’s environmentally friendly, whether you run an off-site enterprise or a home-based business.

A 2014 global survey has shown that about 55 percent of consumers are willing to pay higher prices for services and goods from manufacturers that engage in environmentally-friendly business practices. A 2013 research by Cone Communications said that more than 70% of Americans consider the environment when they shop, as opposed to 66% in 2008.

When people think about what it means to be environmentally friendly, recycling is what usually pops into mind first. It is important, but it’s only one part of the equation. By “greening” your business, you are helping the environment, but if you advertise your business practices as green, they must be genuine

How to Become a Green Business

1. Reduce Water Usage.

The past few years have been the driest ones ever recorded in western North America. As a result, a very stringent water rationing has been enacted by many municipalities.

However, reducing your water usage is an obvious way to conserve a valuable resource and save money, no matter if your business is located in a drought-stricken area or not.

You can do it by fixing your plumbing leaks and dripping taps, and installing low-flow toilets and faucet aerators. Make sure that the washers in on-site laundry facilities are low-water and Energy Star rated.

As for cleaning jobs, you can avoid using a hose connected to a tap, but a high-efficiency pressure washer.

2. Go Green with Cleaning Products.

Many of those familiar office scents, the “nice-and-clean” smells, are toxic to both the environment and your body.

Replace bathroom cleaners, hand and dish soaps, and window cleaners with green cleaning products. Many of them are concentrated and will definitely save you money in the long run, even though they may seem pricey.

Reduction in allergic reactions, increased clarity, and improved health are some of the benefits that tell us it’s a really small price to pay for a healthier environment and running a green business.

3. No More Addictions to Convenience.

It’s your job, as a business leader, to break the cycle.

According to NationMaster, North Americans still manage to produce more garbage than anyone else, even though many believe that they are good at recycling.

To continue reducing waste, people must overcome the addiction to single-use and throwaway products, such as single-use coffee cups. Provide recycle bins, encourage employees to bring their own water bottles and cups, and convert to warm-air hand dryers in washrooms and kitchens.

Your kitchen waste should be composted and picked up by local farmers and municipal recycling.

4. Recycle and Reuse.

Used plastics, glass, and old paper often get tossed into the trash bin. Instead of doing that, an in order to become a green business, ask around about the recycling program in your community.

Anything that can be recycled can be reused, from plastics and aluminum to furniture. Waste generators conduct the waste classification, so the material can further be reused in different industries.

Waste Classification Guidelines have been developed by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and are a step-by-step process of waste classification.

5. Energy Saving.

Switching to CFLs (energy-efficient compact fluorescents) and T5 or T8 linear fluorescents in your office can cut your energy use by up to 75%.

LED lights consume much less energy and don’t contain toxic gases like incandescent bulbs.

They are a bit pricier, but last about 5 times longer than other light bulbs. Also, urge your employees to turn their tech equipment off at night, and install energy management software for a green business.

6. Teach Employees to Think Green.

Green up your company culture, and encourage your employees to comply. Ask for their opinions on  possible ways to enhance your service in line with your green business mission.

Value their input and ideas, and they will embrace the company’s new policy.

Once people realize that you’re serious about doing the right thing for the environment, your credibility will rise.

These implemented sustainable measures can be used as leverage with your clients, save you money, and are the right thing to do. Go green as far as you can. If, at any point, it seems like there’s no more road ahead of you, innovate and create new ways.

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Becoming your own boss is a complicated process, and not everyone does it the same way.

I got lucky. I was still working when I got my business off the ground, so I had a source of income while I was working the kinks out of my business. I did most of my work for the new business when I got home or on the weekends. I asked for a change in job responsibilities at the office so that I didn’t have as much on my plate.

This all gave me a chance to start earning money without going into debt. When it was feasible, I stopped working my regular job and transitioned into working for myself full time. It took about a year and a half.

Establish clear boundaries.

 

Sometimes people don’t take you seriously when you tell them that you work for yourself. They think you are always available to chat or have lunch.

I had a number of friends that would call me at all hours, assuming I was available because they wanted to talk. Granted, it was nice to have that freedom at first. But, I soon realized that if I was going to be successful, I couldn’t let those kinds of distractions interrupt my workday.

Save before you start working for yourself full time.

I was in pretty good shape when I made the transition, but looking back, a few more months with a paycheck would have been wonderful.

When you start your own business, money can be very tight. You never know what you are going to make month to month.

I had one customer that initially made up most of my revenue. That customer only paid on a quarterly basis, which meant that times were tough in between payments.

I had to spend money to build the business, which meant there wasn’t a lot left over. If I didn’t get a payment right on time, it was very difficult to deal with.

There were times when I had to ask for a loan from family members simply to pay my bills.

Reach out and build a support network.

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It can be really difficult to adjust at first. You have great days and you have terrible days. You meet goals some months, while other months you are left wondering where you went wrong.

If you make a mistake, you alone are responsible for it and your business and reputation can suffer. It is easy to feel depressed at times. You may even start to feel like you can’t handle running a business and that you made a big mistake when you left your office job.

Remember that you are not alone. All entrepreneurs have these moments, which is why it is so important to connect with others in the field.

Take time for yourself.

I had a honeymoon period of about half a year. It was really exciting to see the business get bigger. Each milestone that I met was a reason to celebrate.

However, heading into the second year, it was more difficult. I was tired. Things weren’t as exciting because they weren’t new anymore. And then, year three came along. I was done with working such long hours.

I was done with having no time off. Burnout is certainly an issue in this business, so you have to figure out how to balance your personal and your professional needs.

It took me a long time to get where I am today. I had to do a lot of research. I had to educate myself on business. I had to find an SEO expert. I had to figure out who my main competitors were and keep an eye on them. I also had to stay current with what was happening in the field so that I didn’t fall behind.

No matter how hard I worked, it seemed like I could never get caught up. Running a business is a big responsibility.

If you are interested in starting your own business, you want to set yourself up for success. Try to cut back on your living expenses. Make sure you have substantial savings. Set up an area in your home where you can work, free from distractions.

If you are married, get your spouse on board. He or she can help pay bills while you are getting your business off the ground.

Your business is only as good as you are.

Make sure you have a support system of other business professionals. These people can help you acknowledge your weaknesses, encourage you to keep moving forward and advise you on common mistakes.

You can try and go it alone, but it will be very difficult for you. As with anything else in life, your support network has a lot to do with your success. You are probably strongly invested in your business; after all, it is something that you created. Make sure you have people that you trust to help you along the way.

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Grace Lee has been practicing in the field of digital marketing for several years now. She has already brought numerous sites in search engines’ first pages in search results. In her spare time, she loves listening to podcasts about Google algorithm updates and other matters related to SEO.