Cut Marketing Costs
Many companies pay out a lot of money for advertising and marketing. Although this can pay off, it can really add up and take a big chunk out of their profits. These days it is very possible to make sure own website, build up your own social media presence and do lots of free online advertising so that you can still keep up awareness of your product and brand but you will not need to pay out any money. It does save time to pay someone to do this sort of thing, but if you find the time to do it, then you will save even more money and once you learn how, it will be easy to keep up with it.
Increasing sales is a great way to increase profits. It is obviously not that easy, but by making sure that you have a lot of visible stock, that you sell in many different outlets and you make sure that people are aware of your products you will increase the chances of them buying them. Competitions, newsletters, promotions and other deals will encourage more people to buy which could help to increase profits in the long run.
It is never nice to cut your workforce, but they do cost a lot of money and could be a way to reduce costs. Making some part-time, doing some of the work yourself and maybe even outsourcing could help you to reduce costs and increase profits. If you use temps or contractors these will be really expensive and so consider employing them directly rather than paying the high agency fees. You could cut staff like cleaners and do this yourself or reduce staff hours to allow you to be able to pay them less. This could cut morale though in the company, so it is worth having a chat to them to explain what you are trying to do with regards to profits and they may have some alternative ideas.
It can be worth looking to see whether there is anything else that you can do in order to make more money. Whether you sell similar items to what you are at the moment or something a bit different, it could help to increase profits. Obviously there is a risk that this will not work, but it is important to take a few risks in business or else you will find that you will not get anywhere. If you take a small calculated risk then you never know where it might lead you and how much you could increase your profits.