Steps to Help Avoid Cost Creep and Save Money
For those of you with a budding interest in your finances, you may have seen this term pop up from time to time as well. But in actuality, what is “cost creep” exactly? Cost creep is when a business adds more to a product or lowers its price in an effort to increase profits. And what does “save money” mean anyway? Most people think of this term as the “savings” you get after you have a certain amount in the bank. But what if you only made $50 a month? How could you save money?
There are a lot of ways to save money. Here are some of the most effective ones:
- Switch your utilities to a fixed monthly rate for heating, hot water, and electricity. If you don’t, you’ll likely be surprised when the bill arrives. And the price may go up unexpectedly.
- Invest in an effective home security system. Many home security systems are surprisingly inexpensive. Yet, in a nation where burglary is a major problem, the investment may be worth it. You may want to think about installing a gate entry system that can give your home that extra layer of security it needs.
- Be smart with what you spend on groceries. Do you really need that second helping of mashed potatoes? Or that bottle of wine? Or that new TV set? Buying extras can cost a lot more money than you think.
A typical issue that comes up in business startup or small business planning is the issue of cost creep. You end up in a situation where you have to spend more money as you try to grow your business or expand your operations. This is usually one of the most common reasons for business failure. Cost creep is a type of inflation where the cost of a good or service increases faster than its value. Cost creep can happen to anything, and there are a few things to consider when it happens. For example, the price of something like food or electricity can increase faster than other things, the cost of rent can increase faster than the cost of a home, and the cost of healthcare can increase faster than the cost of hospitals. This is why cost creep is important.
The challenge of creating a business is to overcome uncertainty. You don’t know how much you will charge for a product or service. You don’t know how people will respond to your product or service. You don’t know how well your marketing campaigns will do (although you will know how to measure this thanks to resources like this https://victoriousseo.com/blog/seo-metrics/ blog post). You don’t know how you will do in a market trial. The cost of these uncertainties is called ‘cost creep.’ Cost creep is inevitable. It is inevitable because our knowledge of how to manage business success is incomplete. It is inevitable because the uncertain world of business is continually changing, and we are constantly learning new things.
Steps to Help Avoid Cost Creep
Cost creep is a phenomenon that occurs in many industries, but it’s particularly present in the construction industry. The biggest culprits of cost creep are modifications to a design, installing equipment, and adding extra items to the project. These items aren’t really needed but are offered in order to raise the construction cost. For example, if you are building a house, you may build a plumbing system that could only be used for a certain type of home, but it will cost you more to have it installed in your project. This is generally referred to as an open-loop strategy because it is just a way to increase the cost of the project without actually adding value to it.
- Have thorough project planning
When you get into the habit of writing out your project plans, you’ll find it’s a great way to keep you on track with your project. When you make a plan, you’ll need to break it down into tasks and milestones. One of the key steps to project success is to have your unique project goals clearly defined and stated as to what they are expected to achieve. That’s not just a nice way of saying, “They have to be clear, concise, and focused,” but it’s also the foundation of your project plan.
- Identify your vendors
The key to any business is to know your vendors, and vendors are people. They are good people, generally, and they help business owners succeed. Now, of course, as businesses grow and hire more people, these good people become employees, and part of their job is to take care of business owners.
- Have a planned scope
Have you ever had a project or goal that got ahead of schedule, cost you more money than expected, or somehow ended up mired in red tape? If so, you are not alone. The majority of projects do not go according to plan because most projects have to be adjusted or reworked after they are underway. The majority of your project is doomed to fail if you do not plan and then stick to your initial scope of work.