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Remember when we were kids and we’d imagine what they future would be like?

I was sure everyone would drive flying cars to work like in the Back to the Future II or maybe money would be obsolete like on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Well, our childhood movies and TV shows lied to us. The future is, honestly, a lot like the past. But who would have known we’d face a worldwide pandemic too?

At least the zombies never showed up . . . yet.

It’s next to impossible to predict what the future holds for the economy and the world as a whole. However, it’d be foolish to assume that everything is going to bounce back to normal in 2021. Normal doesn’t exist anymore!

The coronavirus will continue to be a huge problem, and the ripples of this global health crisis could spread for months, if not years. Most of my clients have seen a decrease in their income and are actively looking for ways to cut costs.

So until the world learns to live without money (come on, Starfleet!) here are some easy ways to reduce costs and increase flexibility in your business.

Outsource

One of the first options you might want to explore is outsourcing. Outsourcing allows you to cut out some of the most expensive parts of your business model so you can keep more money in your wallet.

You could outsource your graphic design work, social media scheduling, email customer service, blog posting, or nearly anything.

Your business will become more flexible because you’ll be able to adapt more rapidly. Outsourcing contracts are shorter and easier to break free from so you won’t be tied down to paying expensive costs for months. 

Explore international services if you try outsourcing your business tasks. Due to different tax and labor laws, these are often far more cost friendly.

Check out the top 20 profitable made-in-China products and you’ll immediately see that outsourcing could really help your bottom line.

Increase Efficiency

Next, look at the best ways that you can increase levels of efficiency in your business model.

For instance, you might want to think about investing in more training for your employees or yourself. Extra training will help your employees expand their expertise so they can take on more roles in your business.

Delegating is something most business owners fail to do, which is a disservice to themselves and their staff. You WANT your team to grow and learn because it will help your business grow too.

Also, consider investing in new technology and resources to save more money in the long term. 

Hire an Accountant

Sometimes it can pay off to use the proper service right from the start, and this is certainly the case with the skills of a professional accountant.

By using an accountant, you’ll guarantee that you get the support you need at key points such as paying your taxes. You are paying your taxes quarterly, right?

One of my biggest business mistakes was not paying my taxes quarterly, and then I ended up with a massive bill to pay. Not fun.

If you want your business to survive the obstacles that lie ahead, you must make sure you’re taking the right steps. In the new year, explore ways you can reduce costs and increase flexibility.

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