Here’s what you can do, according to Rhonda Abrams, who writes a nationally syndicated column on small business strategies:
- Go digital, rather than physically sending paper, products or people. Examples: Can your company hold web conferences instead of traveling to meetings? Can you send invoices, bills and proposals electronically instead of by mail?
- Evaluate your shipping procedures and packing materials. By consolidating shipments, decreasing waste and finding lightweight alternatives, you can reduce costs.
- Use the phone. Take care of routine business on the phone instead of in person. Before driving to an appointment, call to make certain your meeting is still on.
- Make a driving plan for errands, instead of winging it. Eliminate trips by clustering appointments and destinations.
- Park and walk. Don’t keep circling the area looking for the perfect parking place. Instead, park in a spot that’s good enough, then walk the extra distance. When possible, park in a central location to your meetings or errands and walk between them.
- Remove excess materials from the back of your car. The heavier the load in your car, the more gas you use.
- Drive when fewer cars are on the road. Sitting in rush-hour traffic uses up extra fuel. So if you commute—or have an appointment across town—try to avoid prime-time traffic.
- Fill your gas tank in the coolest part of the day, early or late. Here’s why: Gasoline is denser when it’s cooler. Since you buy gasoline by volume, you get slightly more of it when it’s cool.
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