By Guest Contributor Sophie Hainsworth
Whether you are running your own business or are responsible for part of a wider organisation, the chances are you are being pressed on for budgets in this day and age.
Perhaps you need to look at client or team entertainment without breaking the bank or are responsible for making sure your day-to-day overheads don’t escalate over time.
Here are my top tips, using apps and services that are great for business owners and employees alike, when looking to help your budgets stretch further:
uSwitch for utilities
This app will let you compare energy, broadband and mobile deals so you can see if you are getting the best tariff for your business and your team. Switching tariffs is done in the app and only takes a matter of minutes to complete.
The app has handy functionality which will remind you to switch each year so you never miss out on the latest and best deals. uSwitch is also a Feefo 2018 Gold Trusted Service award winner and boasts many top app store ratings and reviews.
Read more: https://www.uswitch.com/
Get a great deal with Yroo
Yroo is a price comparison app which tracks prices over time. In order to help you know the best time to buy, it sends you an alert when a price drops. The app can search over 5,000 stores to show you the most competitive price on products, particularly handy when you’re looking for new office furniture or the latest tech gadgets.
The app also has scanning functionality allowing users to check price comparisons instantly on-the-go so you know if you’re getting the best deal. Free to use and regularly updated this app is a great tool for any business owner.
Take a look here: https://yroo.com/
Save money with Honey
Honey is a Chrome browser extension which will automatically find and apply discounts codes to checkouts for you. This is perfect for business owners, as it won’t take any extra time for you to make use of.
With over 10 million members, Honey is completely free to use and takes minimal time to set up. You can enjoy discounts at lots of large brands when buying office supplies at sites such as Amazon, Target and Best Buy.
Discover more: https://www.joinhoney.com/
Local savings from LoyalFree
Perhaps you’re looking for something more personalised to your local area. In which case, the LoyalFree app can help you ‘save money when you shop local’ in 14 towns and cities across England. Boasting thousands of deals, the app also supports many independent businesses as well as the larger names.
So, whether you want to find a great spot for after work networking, save some money whilst out holding a meeting, or stock up on some business supplies – this app can help you do all of those things. Handily, you can find a wide variety of services on the LoyalFree app, meaning savings are available at local cafes, accountants, stationery suppliers, etc.
The app is also great to share with new or visiting employees who don’t know the local area, as they can explore their surroundings through the interactive trails on the app, such as enjoying a ‘Cocktail Trail’ or a ‘Vegan Eats’ tour of the area.
Download the app here: www.loyalfree.co.uk/download
Explore lots of discount options with VoucherCodes
It’s easy to get lost in a world of discount apps on your phone; from Wowcher to Groupon to VoucherCodes – all of them offer a variety of discounts. My personal favourite is VoucherCodes as it gives you wider options for shopping, plus it includes food and travel deals. So, it’s handy when you are booking your next team outing, or buying a reward voucher for an employee.
Find out more here: www.vouchercodes.co.uk
If time is indeed money, checking through an App before you make a purchase may feel counterintuitive but it can really pay off, as there are some great savings to be had, and we’re sure your business will see the benefits.
About the Author
Sophie Hainsworth is co-founder of LoyalFree, a multi-award winning innovative mobile phone app which helps connect people to special offers in their area. The app combines this with local digital loyalty schemes, tourism information, tours & trails and events. Users benefit by using one app across the UK – so they can tap into the local area wherever they are.
App download link: www.loyalfree.co.uk/download
Twitter: @loyalfreeapp – https://twitter.com/loyalfreeapp
Facebook: @loyalfreeapp – https://www.facebook.com/LoyalFreeApp/
Instagram: @loyalfreeapp – https://www.instagram.com/loyalfreeapp/
Must reads to manage your business finances
The Financial Wellbeing Book by Chris Budd
The Financial Wellbeing Book provides a simple and practical guide to planning your daily and long-term finances by understanding your objectives and motivations. In doing so, it offers respite from the anxiety and stress caused by money problems. More information.
Buy on Amazon.
Buy Low, Sell High by Dr. Philip Young
Every successful business manager and owner must have an understanding of finance – this is their dream-book on the basics of finance. Interesting examples and anecdotes, combined with diagrams and graphics, makes it completely different to most other books about finance. More information.
Buy on Amazon.
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