The high cost of fuel is changing how folks take care of business. Everything that involves transportation is going up in cost. Here is a list of ways you can get your business done and save money.
Go digital. As the cost of fuel pushes the price of postage up, electronic bill paying, will save more. Use a computer in place of sending products, paper or people. Web conferencing is gaining popularity over traveling for face-to-face meetings. Send an email with a pdf brochure instead of going on a sales call. Use a ‘White Paper,” delivered electronically, to inform your target market about your area of expertise. Use electronic catalogs in place of printed ones. Send invoices, statements, requests for quotes, quotes and other documents by email or fax. If a legal signature is needed, use the fax machine in place of the mail or travel.
Use the phone instead of your car. The more business you can take care of over the telephone the lower your cost will be. If you have to drive to an appointment, call ahead to confirm it and check for delays. This will avoid wasted trips for no shows. If the folks you are meeting with are “running late”, you can fit in other work instead of wasting time waiting.
Reduce shipping expenses. If your product is an item that must be shipped, revisit the way you package it. Can you cut the shipping weight by lighter packaging? Can you ship it a less expensive way and still meet your customer’s needs. Can you include business paper work in the package? You’ve got to use up the paper items that you made obsolete in item 1 above.
Plan your travel route carefully. Even for a short trip out for an appointment, take time to plan it. What is the best route? What other errands can be done along the way? Can you pick up supplies or bring lunch back for the team?
Have lunch at the office. Setting up a lunch area with a microwave and small refrigerator can save money and time compared to going out. Lunch can be an event to socialize and talk business. Plan ahead for food delivery service. Then if you have a client visiting, you can buy lunch and eat in too.
Avoid traffic jams. Shift working hours to avoid commuting during peak traffic times. Where possible, public transport should be used. Folks should be encouraged to walk to bicycle to and from work. Bicycle racks and motorcycle parking spaces should be provided to encourage their use. Car pool when possible to get the lowest cost per person mile. Park and walk where possible. Don’t hunt for the closest parking space for each stop. Park in a central location and walk to as many places as you can before driving again.
Maximize your ride’s miles per gallon. Folks in business, especially outside sales folks tend to be pack rats. They load up their car with hundreds of pounds of sales brochures, specification sheets, catalogs and anything else that they might need someday. Lighten your load and save fuel. Take good care of your car, have the oil changed and other maintenance done, on schedule, to keep the fuel efficiency at its peak. Trade in your gas hog for a more efficient ride. Most of all slow down to save on fuel and your stress level.
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