Becoming a sustainable and eco-friendly business these days has become more of an expectation as knowledge of climate change and the impact of waste on the planet spreads.
Going green used to be something only a few niche or big businesses did while others took no notice. Nowadays, even the smallest of businesses are becoming more environmentally friendly due to new tech and increased awareness.
But there’s still a long way to go for the majority of businesses. There are still a few simple changes we can make to go green. Take a look at some of them below.
Switch the lighting
Having lights on all day in the office isn’t always necessary, especially in corridors, storerooms or kitchens when they’re empty for most of the day.
Rather than having lights on all the time, draining power and money, invest in some motion sensor ones that only come on when they’re really necessary.
Cut out the paper
While you may struggle to banish 100% of the paper in your office, you can certainly cut down on it. Storing documents digitally is easier than ever with cloud storage solutions. Just make sure you back everything up in multiple places. There are a lot of solutions to choose from such as Google Drive, OneDrive and Dropbox.
A common way for new businesses to save money in the early days is to work remotely. You may have a small team all working from home, with plans to move into an office as soon as the cash starts coming in. While it’s usually a temporary measure, it doesn’t have to be.
Instant messaging, video calling and cloud-based solutions have made it easier to incorporate remote working into your business.
People working remotely on a permanent basis can save on office costs including buying equipment, office furniture and renting larger office space than you need. It also cuts down on everyone’s commute which saves money and fuel – a win for the environment!
Get rid of the ledgers
If you’re still using pen and paper to take care of your bookkeeping, do the planet (and your accountant) a favour and go digital.
Cloud accounting is on the rise for good reason. It’s simple, accessible and cheap. No more fiddling with paper records or lost receipts. You can link up your business bank account with the software and fill it with all the records you need automatically. For receipts, you can just snap a picture and upload it into the software.
If you want simple and cost effective bookkeeping software, sign up to Pandle today for free.
How is your business planning to go green? What new tech do you find most useful? Please share your thoughts below.
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