Running “lean” is an important method that can maximize every resource of your business. It shortens the product development cycles and helps the business run more efficiently by continuously measuring the business progress and considering feedback. Business plans require rapid changes and fact-based decision making. It definitely is hard work and hard thinking but, the outcomes are profitable.

Here are a few important things you can follow to help grow your business without wasting on time and resources:

  • Reconsider before making any new purchase. You must first ask yourself how important it is to buy the product and how beneficial it will be to the customers. If it then seems necessary, go ahead and buy.
  • Buy your supplies in bulk to get them at cheaper prices. Print on both sides of the paper to avoid wastage. Try to reuse all the possible materials. Look for second hand furniture and equipments in order to save on your expenses. Doesn’t matter how big your business is, never neglect negotiating. Ask your vendors for discounts for early payment.
  • Consider reselling old equipments and furniture rather than just stacking them uselessly in your storeroom or just throwing it away. Whatever money you can get by selling such stuff may be little but it matters.
  • Don’t use just any credit card. Consider the credit card that offers you opportunities and rewards like low interest rates, cash back, travel and office supply discounts.
  • Use every discount that you can get. Having memberships with membership organizations can get you deals on big-ticket items like insurance or travel.
  • Always keep track of where your money is going. Big investments as well as the smallest of expenses in the petty cash all add up to your budget. So, don’t neglect tiny expenses. Remember that every penny counts.
  • Set the standard for your staff. Let them see you doing what you want them to do. Make yourself an icon for them to follow you. Hence, very carefully carry out your actions because your staff is going to follow your footsteps.
  • It is always necessary to get everything done on paper. Written agreements always prevent unnecessary clashes and waste of time and resources to sort out the issues that may be faced later.
  • Keep track of all your business processes and payments. Observe which areas of your business you are lacking in. Check where you are wasting your time and resources and minimize the waste to get better results.
  • Try to do stuff yourself as much as you can rather than hiring someone to do it for you. This will help you save on a lot on resources and money.
  • Accountants help you keep track of your money and advice you on thinking ahead by giving suggestions. Lawyers keep you updated with the laws and rules of business and help you out of any legal issue. Do not be stingy when it comes to appoint such people. They may be expensive but, they will help your business in the long term.
  • Don’t over staff. Hire staff only for important and required positions. Limit the number of your staff in order to avoid waste of expenses. Try to outsource wherever necessary for areas where you don’t require staff to regularly work for you.

Following the above steps will definitely help in creating a lean organization. If you want to learn about lean and its further uses and benefits, you can attend lean workshops held by Lean Management Institute of India. They will help you get highly effective results in your organization.

Author's Bio: 

Veena Shetty is the marketing manager in a well-established organization, Lean Management Institute of India, based at Bangalore. The company has been delivering high quality lean trainings for individual clients and corporates. She is a graduate from Mangalore university, and has worked with companies like Sify, TQM International Pvt. Ltd., a sister concern of Lean Management Institute of India. She has been part of core team of the first Indian lean summit held at Bangalore