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Know the Costs Associated With Your Business

And This is How YOU Can Take Advantage

There are a lot of costs associated with running a business. From production to presentation, money has to be spent to ensure that the best is given in the best possible way. As much as sustained relationship with the buyer and profit make for the aim of marketing, proper financing is vital to its success. These expenses are mostly inevitable. However, they can be quite many. It takes prudency to keep track of all expenses, remove it from the gross profit, and see how costs can be cut or more profit made to make up for the list of expenses.

Here are some costs associated with businesses.


There are equipments that are indispensable to your business. These equipments cost money and you have got to take it out on the business cost. Equipments can range from electrical to industrial to mechanical. These are vital and they must be constantly serviced. The cost of this also goes here.

Incorporation Fees

When you are starting your company, you need to incorporate it with the statutory agency. This costs money. All the fees antecedent to this are summed up under this. You may need a lawyer in this line. The charges of a lawyer will also go under this. These fees are very vital to the continued existence of your company else you can be subject to legal sanctions,

Office Space

Even if you telecommute, you need an office space for official meetings and sorts. This is vital to business. It can be the case that you only need a small space looking at the size of your business or you need a large office space. Rent for this should be incorporated under costs also.


This is what is in the store. This is the stock of the goods at hands. You must keep track of the products you have. For this, you need a warehouse to keep the products. You also need bookkeeping materials and personnel if you won’t be in charge of the warehouse yourself. This is a very integral cost to business.


This is the process of presenting your products in the most attractive way. You have to determine the process for doing this. It can either be offline or online. However, you have to put some substantial money in the budget for marketing as it is the soul of business. However, determine the method you are going through – mass or social.


You need a website in this 21stcentury as almost all the customers are online. You will need a web developer and a designer for this. You may need to buy some plug-in also to be able to do some stuffs on the website. You have to ensure that your website is attracted and full of content. Thus, you need a content provider.

Office Furniture and Supplies

Since you won’t be telecommuting, you will need office furniture and supplies. You need something structurally attractive and fairly simple. Thus, you may need to get some carpenters or buy the furniture. Office supplies are necessary and they are always in need.


Power, water, etc. are utilities and they are essential. These are things that cost quite much but a standard office can’t do without them. Your power bill monthly and water are to be paid as they come to avoid disconnection.

Professional Consultants

They are very important in business running and success. Consultants give you professional advice on issues and they give you ways you can implement the ideas. You can have professionals from accounting, sales, HSE, HR, etc. These professionals have to be paid and they charge quite much unless you know some who don’t charge that much.


You need to have your office and everything property of the company insured. If you don’t have insurance, things might go wrong and you don’t want to be left stranded. Thus, the premium for insurance covers has to be paid. Insurance may have to cover fire, flood, and company vehicles in various party forms. It is essential that adequate risk cover is taken to guide against unexpected situations. The many fires that have happened to company building weren’t planned; they just did.


In the United States and in many other countries of the world, your taxes are important. Imagine evading taxes and the FIRS coming after you. That’s bad publicity. You need to keep up with your taxes as a law abiding business. If you sell products, know that you are collecting sales tax on behalf of the government and you must account for it. All other antecedent taxes must be fully paid so as to avoid bad public image or even prosecution for tax evasion.


You would need to travel for a thing or two. It could be a flight outside the country. This forms part of the business cost. You need to account for this somewhere in the books. It could be that your sales team has to travel outside the city or state to sell the product, the travel costs will have to be noted. It is very important to watch travel cost as they may not seem an issue but they creep up. Travel costs may sometimes cover hotel bill. Thus, there is need to watch travel. Technology has made this easier and cheaper; meetings can be teleconferenced. A lot of things can be done without actually leaving the office building.

In conclusion, these costs and many more form part of the costs in running a business. Try and cut the cost where possible. There are some that cannot be cut – like taxes, insurance – employ sustainable ways to save money. Use led lights; turn out the lights to allow the sun, use smart thermostats, cut down power usage in any possible way. You can employ technology to avoid less travelling. Try telecommuting; work will still be done. However, put adequate money on marketing. This is how you get more customers to your business.

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