The work year is gearing up again, but with summer weather and swimsuits still salty, there’s no reason to let go of the warm holiday feeling just yet. Even the workplace can feel more relaxed, whether through reduced Friday hours, more casual dress codes, or a good supply of after-work beers.
But how’s your beer budget looking in 2020? If it’s a little tight following the end of year party and a sleepy start to the year, don’t worry - there are plenty of ways to earn some extra income and budget for those after-work drinks.
One of the easiest ways to make extra revenue is to share your resources. Many businesses have unused workspace or parking spots, either because staff are away, the workforce hasn’t yet grown into the size of the space, or there are quiet hours during the day. Instead of letting these resources sit empty, you can lease them to people outside your business and make extra income.
Share your car park
If you have underused parking space, you can use the Parkable app to share it with the public. List it for free on Parkable and reach thousands of people searching for parking. Simple to use and flexible to suit your schedule and work hours, leasing your extra parking bays can bring in revenue every month with very little effort.
Share your office space
Hot desking is another easy way to immediately increase revenue, as well as bringing fresh faces to your business. You should look for people who can bring their own unique energy and experience into your building, so that your workplace becomes more enjoyable as well as more profitable. Try Shared Workspace for Australia or Shared Space for New Zealand to find hot deskers.
Some business expenses come up unexpectedly, when items need to be replaced or revamped. Rather than buying brand new, look into second-hand versions, or if you’re in a place to invest in the future, choose an option that will be cheaper in the long-run.
Many pricey business activities are much cheaper when you do them online. While the options will vary depending on the industry, here are a couple of examples to start you off:
Want to tone down the bad language and put the proceeds toward a good cause (ahem, beer)? Start a $2 swear jar with the promise that it will mean better work drinks. Alternatively, you could start any other kind of fine jar, depending on what your business values or wants to cut out - a ‘single-use plastics jar’ or a ‘leaving dirty dishes in the sink jar’, perhaps.
Reducing your business’s environmental footprint might seem like a complicated, time-consuming, expensive task - but happily, that’s not the case. Greening your business is easier, quicker, and cheaper than you think.
Increasing happiness among your team is a great end unto itself, and also positive for the overall success of your business. A great work culture helps businesses to attract and retain excellent employees and motivate a better work ethic.
Whatever the symptoms, combatting demotivation is worth the effort; left to fester, it can have a significant impact on productivity, retention, customer service, and profitability. Here are 5 tips to boost motivation.