If you are like me and countless other people, you love your gadgets and you are always looking forward to getting the next one. I currently have my eye on few personal gadgets, but I also need a new laptop for my small business. Acquiring new IT equipment for a business can be expensive and may require a few innovative ideas for saving money within the company. Here are five ways I accumulate cash for acquiring my personal and business gadgets.
1. Start a Gadget Budget and Begin to Save Funds for Items like a Laptop
This is a great motivating first step in helping you focus and stay on task within your company when looking to purchase new IT gadgets and items. Once you have a budget and begin putting away money into an “IT Savings Account,” the process of buying those necessary technological items will become easier. By creating a budget and a savings account specifically for your IT gadget needs, you are able to monitor your progress and keep the funds dedicated for their designated business purpose.
2. Cut Down on the Little Things and Possibly IT Costs
One of the keys to a successful budget is to reroute small frivolous expenditures and funnel them into your business’s new IT savings account. By cutting back on unnecessary business costs, an example would be going digital instead of printing items (saves on paper and ink costs,) you will be surprised how quickly your digital funding dilemma will disappear. Also, a lot of businesses are changing to the cloud for their data processing. This is a great way to save on time, money and space. It has also proven to cut back on fees associated with updating and IT costs. If this is familiar to you and you are interested in learning more about how to save money and time in utilizing the cloud in your business, visit Dell-UK Site.
3. Have a Business Sale
You probably have lots of stuff sitting in your business that you no longer use or that may be outdated. Yet one persons junk is another person's treasure. Much of what you are no longer need for your business, another business owner may view as a cutting edge. Business sales also appeal to artists looking for old rolodexes, files and computers to create pieces of art with. By having a business sale, you will be able to de-clutter your office and earn more funding to go towards your IT savings account.
4. Tax Yourself
The truth is that most of us pay our fixed operating business expenses as soon as we can and then we spend at least some of what is left over on miscellaneous nonessentials within our businesses. A great way to discipline your business into a savings program is to simply tax the company. Determine what percentage of your gross or net income can be allocated to your technology fund before you spend the remainder of what your business may have earned.
5. Don't Cut Corners
Don't get impatient and settle for inferior technology or something less expensive than what you really need. I was thinking about getting an ultraportable notebook instead of a laptop with all of the bells and whistles I really needed because it was less expensive. Then I read a post on geeks.com that pointed out that "These laptops are great for travel and as a second laptop for the kids – but for any kind of serious computing, they are not really recommended." It can be tempting to get anxious and end up getting something less than what your really want that is less expensive.
By using these tips you will be smashing the piggybank and going down to the electronics store or finding yourself online purchasing your next business gadget in no time at all. Remember to enjoy the process of saving for your new gadget. Sometimes the anticipation is as much fun as actually purchasing it.
David Malmborg works with Dell. When he isn’t working he enjoys hiking, spending time with family and researching new technology. He is currently learning more about the virtual desktop and recommends visiting www.dell.co.uk for more information.