I was like everyone else in this recession who wanted to hunker down and conserve resources; the urge to hoard my money was over-powering. Yet, every good business owner knows that it takes money to grow money. Then, I thought: “If I haven’t the funds to invest in my own future success, it’s doubtful I’ll convince anyone else to do so either.” That’s when I made a commitment to invest in myself and my business. If you want to use that growth to get an edge on the competition, then hoarding is not the answer. Now is the perfect time to learn where to invest your funds in order to maximize small business opportunities for growth, as we anticipate an economic recovery by 2010.
Understand How To Invest For Business Growth
Your money should be planted like a seed in the Spring, and you should expect a harvest when it matures. That’s why the investments that you want to look at for your business should offer the promise of significant returns, if not immediately, at least within a reasonable time period. Some investments, I learned, can produce a return immediately; for instance, updating infrastructure is one investment that can pay itself back fairly quickly.
As a work-at-home business owner, I’ve realized that I could take government incentives that provide energy rebates on my home’s infrastructure and create future savings, releasing that money for my business. Many businesses are starting to see the wisdom of adding a thin film solar roof to an establishment, of updating their furnaces or other energy systems to offset rising energy costs, and of keeping infrastructure costs low. While some of those returns are immediate, the final recouping of costs may take years. Other types of investments take longer to mature, but it’s still worth investigating.
Do You Have A Business? Basic Areas To Invest In
Capital investments: Whether it’s buying real estate at a depressed price, adding new equipment, or updating technologies, it’s a bargain buyer’s dream out there right now. The nice thing is that you might even be able to get a small business loan to cover some capital costs, using the Small Business Administration loan program. Some of these investments can later be declared as assets.
Education: It will take longer to recoup this investment, but it can lead to more opportunities in the future. Pick a degree or certification that holds lots of promise of providing a payback. If you don’t have the time, think about finding people to hire who already have completed the coursework that is beneficial to your company.
Staffing: It’s also a buyer’s market for hiring talent. By 2010, the job market may look different, so now is the time to recruit and hire talented people at a fraction of the cost. You can identify quality talent by using freelance or contract workers, keeping your human resources costs low. When an upswing develops, you’ll be in a good position to hire full-time employees (from your pool of working contractors) who have already proven themselves.
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