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How to cut business costs without lowering quality

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by   Mikayla Fuller
April 13, 2023

Looking to reduce costs without sacrificing quality? Outsource with Influx; the simple solution! 

Reducing expenses is on your mind if your business has been impacted by supply chain disruptions, reduced demand, or increasing costs. Rethinking strategies and adapting to changing circumstances are mandatory to maintain profitability. 

Cost-cutting can sometimes come at the cost of quality. However, with careful planning, it is possible to cut business costs without compromising quality. As a result, many businesses are exploring options such as outsourcing with companies like Influx to reduce labor costs and improve efficiency. This blog will discuss practical ways to reduce costs without sacrificing quality. 

7 cost-cutting strategies that preserve quality 

1. Outsource non-core activities 

According to Paycor, labor costs can account for as much as 70% of total business costs, including wages, benefits, payroll, and other related taxes. Despite this, HR professionals only spend 15% of their time managing the cost of labor. 

For many businesses, labor costs are controllable, but only to a certain extent. The wages of highly skilled individuals come with a price, and the value/cost of their efforts only increases with time. Reducing labor expenses without laying off team members can be challenging. Outsourcing non-core activities is the preferred solution that maintains high quality while reducing costs. 

Instead of recruiting, hiring, and onboarding individuals, outsourcing provides you with a team of experts already trained in the latest technologies. Outsourcing saves you time from managing the responsibilities of an entire team and allows you to free up resources to focus on other critical tasks. 

As leaders in the customer support outsourcing world, we work with companies to deliver flexibility and scale. With all management and training included, we use three levels: local, client-specific, and data-driven, to manage and improve performance autonomously. See how brands work with Influx to deliver fast, high-quality support at scale. 

We offer simple, pay-as-you-go pricing to maximize your budget and returns. Our team is ready to launch in only one week. Learn how it works now!

2. Analyze your expenses 

Are there any idle services or software chipping away at your budget? Are you wasting money on pricey tools when there are affordable alternatives? 

Understanding your budget means digging deep into where exactly it’s going. Maybe this means setting aside time for a budget breakdown to ensure that the right portion of your budget is within estimates. Perhaps this means considering the value of certain expenses and if their benefits are worth the cost. Look for expenses that are not essential to your business operations and consider cutting them. 

3. Negotiate with vendors 

Negotiating with a vendor can help you get better pricing and contract terms. This can help you reduce your expenses and improve your bottom line. Negotiations are commonly used to determine the best price and payment terms, as well as delivery and production times, quality standards, and other factors. 

If you have established relationships with vendors, consider negotiating for better prices on the products and services you need. You can get discounts by agreeing to longer-term contracts or increasing your order quantities. Remember, negotiating is a two-way street. It’s essential to approach negotiations collaboratively, focusing on finding a mutually beneficial solution rather than simply trying to win the negotiation. 

Overall, negotiating with vendors can help you save money and manage your expenses more effectively, improving your business’s financial health and performance. 

4. Improve efficiency 

Automating business processes can help you reduce labor costs while maintaining the same level of quality. Consider using software tools to streamline your workflows and improve efficiency. We’ve written another blog on the role of automation in employee productivity and how it can benefit your budget. Check it out for more on automating for efficiency! 

Spending less time on tasks or projects makes room for a higher quantity of work that costs less to maintain. This leads us to our next cost-saving strategy. 

5. Switch to remote work 

According to Go Remotely, more than two-thirds of employers have seen increased productivity among remote workers. Specific examples include companies like Dow Chemical, Best Buy, and British Telecom which have seen a 35% to 40% increase in employee productivity among their remote workers. 

Here at Influx, we’re big supporters of remote work. In fact, our entire team is remote, and the benefits have allowed us to save on overhead expenses such as office space and utilities. Consider allowing your employees to work from home or implement a flexible schedule to increase productivity and save on business expenses. 

6. Focus marketing 

Maximizing your marketing expenses is a great way to save costs while promoting your business effectively. Here are a few tips for doing so: 

  • Leverage free marketing tools
  • Choose the right marketing channels 
  • Identify and strive to reach your target audience 
  • Test and refine your strategy 
  • Measure your results 

The standard rule of thumb for marketing ROI is a 5:1 ratio, with exceptional return on investment (ROI) considered around a 10:1 ratio. Anything less than a 2:1 ratio is considered unprofitable, as the costs of producing and distributing goods/services frequently result in organizations breaking even with their spending and returns.

Effective marketing should bring in enough ROI to make it worth the expense. If you aren’t seeing solid results from your marketing efforts, consider making adjustments.

7. Make cost-cutting an ongoing process 

Whether you set cost-cutting goals or track and analyze spending regularly, cost-cutting should be an integral part of your business practices. Embrace technology and continuously improve processes. It is essential to periodically review and adjust your cost-cutting strategy based on your business needs and goals. By making cost-cutting an ongoing process, you can optimize your business operations and maintain profitability over the long term. 

Reduce costs with reliable outsourcing 

We offer access to a diverse pool of highly skilled professionals who can deliver high-quality work at a competitive cost. Our team uses modern technology and tools to streamline processes and increase efficiency, ultimately reducing costs for our clients. Our rigorous quality control process ensures that the work delivered meets or exceeds our clients’ expectations. 

With 24/7 support and pay-as-you-go pricing, we ensure that our clients’ needs are met promptly and efficiently. Browse our support solutions to see how we can help you cut costs and maintain quality! 

About the author

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Mikayla Fuller

Mikayla is an avid copywriter. If she’s not out on an adventure, you can find her somewhere with a book in hand.