In the medical business, cutting costs is everything! Many business owners don’t take a paycheck for several years because all of their profits go straight back into the business. If you’re in this situation, you know how trying these circumstances can be.
Although you don’t want to add anything extra to your plate at this time, it’s worth your time and energy to implement overhead reduction strategies. There are hundreds of ideas out there, but here are four you can start with.
More Efficient Cooling
For many offices, a large percentage of their utility bills goes exclusively to heating and cooling the building. Depending on the size and purpose of your business, this can be very expensive! For example, if you need an MRI cooling system for your hospital, you’ll be paying a lot more than if you only need a cooling system for a small doctor’s office.
You can’t forgo this essential component of a good office, but you can make things run a little more efficiently. In the case of cooling systems for major hospitals and MRI rooms, you’ll want a highly efficient chiller that can handle a wide load of heat variation without overheating and raising your energy bills.
For a small office, choose an AC unit that’s appropriately sized for your office. It might be a more expensive installation in the long run, but an Energy Star rated AC unit without enough BTU to efficiently cool your office will save you thousands in the long run.
Cloud Storage Systems
More and more medical facilities are removing their large filing cabinets and putting everything in cloud storage. For some medical professionals, this feels like a risky business, but cloud storage has proven time and again to be more secure than traditional file storage and data center storage.
Best of all, it’s significantly cheaper and takes less room in your office. You could downsize office space, reducing costs, and offering greater peace of mind. Plus, when your files are in a cloud system, it’s significantly easier to transfer files between professionals. Your patients can even access their own files when needed.
Hosted Phone Systems
Phone systems are a necessity in any office, but if you’re still using a dinosaur, it’s time for an upgrade. Many old phone systems are not only more complicated than they need to be, but they require significant maintenance and regular servicing. You’re paying people to answer phones behind the scenes, maintenance crews to make repairs, and tech firms to install it.
A hosted phone system can be a great option because it’s affordable (maybe as little as $15 per month for small offices), and everyone in the office can be the administrator for their own phones. It increases accountability in the office while minimizing wait times for callers and expenses for you.