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Tips for Navigating Inflation as a Small Business Owner

Tips for Navigating Inflation as a Small Business Owner

June 03, 2024

Small business owners face many challenges, which may become even more significant during inflation. As inflation hit new highs in recent years, small business owners are being tested and challenged by high costs and high interest rates that have caused some to close their doors. So, how do small business owners weather the storm of inflation? Here are a few tips to help you get through it.

1. Know Your Numbers

One of the most important tips for small business owners is to know your numbers. As a small business owner, you should know the numbers on your financial statements and balance sheets and understand your cash flow. You also should always have budgets and projections, so you have a basis for comparison and should spot when things start going askew before it is too late to get back on track.1

2. Optimize Your Goods and Services

When costs and interest rates are high, supply chain issues may occur. Managing your goods and services to make a solid profit is vital. Take the time to calculate the revenue and costs of each product and service you offer to determine their gross margin and net profit. Find any poor performers and consider eliminating them so you don't waste valuable time, material, and resources on products and services that yield little profit.1

3. Know How Inflation Might Impact Other Areas Outside Your Business

Your business is likely to be your top priority, but it is equally important to understand that inflation also affects other areas outside your business. Inflation may affect your ability to borrow, lead to a business slowdown, and drastically affect your pricing models for your products and services. Understanding all the peripheral areas affected by inflation may make your business more resilient and better able to withstand the ups and downs.1

4. Know the Difference Between Strategic and Non-Strategic Spending and Cost-Cutting

In times of disruption, it is easy for business owners to panic and begin cutting costs or spending without developing a plan to either lower company costs or outdo the competition. In either case, spending or cutting costs without following a strategy may lead to severe problems, especially during times of inflation. Always do your due diligence before implementing new spending or cost-cutting measures to ensure they align with the company's goals and needs.2

5. Automate if Possible

The more work you automate, the more efficiently you can run your business. Perform a time study of each operation in your business. If any operations take longer than they should, or if there would be a more time-saving way to automate them, see if the cost would be worth the time it would save. You may even want to look at your daily tasks to see if there are ways to automate some of your processes to free up time to develop more business for your company.



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Footnotes

How Small Business Owners Can Navigate Inflation and High Interest Rates
https://www.uschamber.com/small-business/how-small-business-owners-can-navigate-inflation-and-high-interest-rates

2 6 Strategies to Help Your Company Weather Inflation
https://hbr.org/2021/09/6-strategies-to-help-your-company-weather-inflation