Can Going Green Make Your Small Business Lean?

Can Going Green Make Your Small Business Lean?

We small business owners have a lot on our plates, but as the linchpin of your small business, the struggle to make a success of it can keep your horizons fairly limited at times. The time commitment needed to keep the cogs of your business running smoothly can be significant. And when you’re not wrapped up in the day-to-day workload, there are always a thousand and one little matters that need sorting out – from filing tax returns, to supplier hassles, to keeping staff happy. So it’s not surprising that, for many ongoing small businesses, the environmental issues surrounding their activities can seem like so much fluff.

Can Going Green Affect the Bottom Line?

After all – since when has going green affected your bottom line? That thought process certainly makes sense, when your horizons are narrowed – but the fact that such considerations are kept off your radar, by the day-to-day chaff, is an indication of a bigger problem in itself. For a business to grow and thrive, it needs a wider vision, not just shovelling at the coalface. And if you can take time to step back and reassess the broader picture – of how your small business could thrive – you’ll find adopting a green strategy can do more than save the planet. It could make your business bloom in the challenges of the 21st century. If bigger businesses, especially those with visionary leaders, can do it, you as a much more agile company surely can.

Where are the Savings?

The most obvious benefit to any business from going green can surprisingly be found on the balance sheet. US Government agencies have estimates that energy costs make up anywhere between 9% and 20% of total revenue for small businesses. And they also show that small businesses …

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