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According to Inc.com, a new report, “…from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), sponsored by Babson College and Baruch College, finds that 27 million working-age Americans–nearly 14 percent–are starting or running new businesses.”  It goes on to say that, “…Fifty-one percent of the working population believes there exist good opportunities for starting businesses,” and “…80 percent of those who plan to start businesses in the next three years are doing something about it, such as leasing space or registering their companies.”

Unfortunately, while more and more Americans are opening their own businesses, many are finding overhead costs too much to bear. The past year alone brought an increase in minimum wage and rents across the country, making it a challenge for small businesses to remain profitable. In fact, a study released just this year found, “U.S. small-business owners are less optimistic about business conditions now than they have been over the past year.”

In order to combat rising expenses, small business owners have found many different creative ways to keep costs at a minimum. Three main ways they are saving money are by utilizing  storage, pooling resources and energy audits.

Storage Units

Renting a storage unit provides business owners with the opportunity to rent a smaller store-front location since they can utilize a storage facility nearby to keep inventory and other necessary items. With units available in nearly every size at an affordable price, the extra square footage is only a fraction of the cost it would be within a storefront, saving business owners a ton throughout the year. Plus, as most self-storage facilities provide 24-7 security and climate control, business owners can rest assured their items will remain secure and in tip top shape.

Pooling Resources

American Express’ article, Pooling Resources: A Neighborly Practice That Can Help Save Time And Money, states, “There’s strength in numbers—even if you’re on the small side in the business world, you may be able to deploy the leverage of a much larger organization by pooling resources with other small businesses.” Whether it be by sharing a storage unit, splitting the cost of supplies purchased in bulk or sharing equipment, there are many ways in which employers can come together to support one another.

Energy Audits

An energy audit is an assessment of your business that looks at a business’ current energy consumption and then identifies efficiency measures to reduce costs. Finding a certified company is easy, with an exponential ability to bring costs down throughout the year.

As stated by Steve Jobs, “Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.” So check your energy usage, pool your resources, rent an off-site storage unit, and rest assured that you are doing all you can to keep your small business profitable!