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How Much Money are you Throwing Away?

Last updated August 16, 2016

We all love a bargain and of course, we all know an eBay queen; don’t we? I do, her name is Julie. A conservatory, garden house and a beautiful leather designer sofa for around £500 – all 3 items were £19,500 less than shop prices.

Julie's certainly a savvy shopper. She had an end goal, made a plan, set a budget, decided where to look, started her search, sourced the product and negotiated the deal.

What she didn’t do was panic, rush it or end up with something she didn’t really want. To adapt a well-known quote ‘purchase in haste, repent at leisure’.

Business purchases are not different; define the objective, make a plan, set a budget, source suppliers, negotiate; but only compromise if you absolutely have too.

My Dad was a dealer and his goal was always to buy right – at least 2 out of 3 times. That way he’d be on the right side of the deal and a much better chance of making profit. He always had a plan.

Business purchases always spend your profit, but they don’t always return a profit.

  • Stock and materials are cost of goods sold so you must make a margin on this. You need to be a savvy shopper, always looking for the best deal, buy right or better than last time is the key here.
  • Stationery, fixtures & fittings, paper towels, etc. are overheads so they are taking profit from the bottom line. Usually a small figure but one that must be controlled; a purchase order process is crucial to avoid waste.
  • Plant and machinery, premises are asset purchases so you’ll need to make sure that the asset can generate sufficient profit (savings or improved production) to justify the outlay.

So before you get the credit card or cheque book out make a plan. Decide what you want to achieve, set a budget, make and then execute the plan. Stay in control, don’t jump at the first one, make sure that you’ve reviewed options, and then decide.

Above all, if your team are spending your money, then make sure you have some controls in place.

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