When a person is starting a business, it involves building a plan of action and putting together a number of details. They will have to decide which products or services they are going to sell, if they need employees, where their business will be located, how they are going to acquire startup funding and much more. With all of the pieces involved in running a business, it's not surprising that a high number of new businesses fail within their first year. When a new business owner is first starting out, it's crucial that they plan each step and execute as fast as possible. Even then, it's usually difficult. That's why one important factor that every new business entrepreneur needs to fall back on when they are first starting out is to save as much money as they can in different aspects of their business. Here are five ways that this can be done:

Begin A Business From Home First

There's nothing like the comfort of home, especially when someone is just getting their new business started. One way for a person to save some extra money is by starting their business from home. By choosing this route, it's going to create a few advantages. The first positive aspect of operating from home is that any precious cash that's raised for the business won't be spent on leasing office space. It can be injected directly into more important aspects of the business such as marketing or product development. Paying for rent or a mortgage is already one of the highest costs of personal expenses. If there is space in a home or apartment to start a business, it just makes sense.

If the business is involved in selling products, there needs to be an adequate amount of space to accommodate inventory and make sure that it's secure. It's best if it is located near an easily accessible roadside so that suppliers can drop off goods. However, if a person is planning on selling goods out of their home, they should check to see if there are any local ordinances that that are associated with operating a home-based business. When a new business is going to be run out of an apartment, it's important to check the lease and local codes to make sure that this is allowed. A new business owner definitely doesn't want to be operating a business if there are regulations against it.

Negotiating With Vendors

For any new business to survive, the person running it must have good communication skills. This is going to play an important role when dealing with vendors. A new business owner will want to have the best payment terms possible when dealing with vendors. The first step in this process is being able to negotiate for discounts. Every dollar that can be discounted off of the goods that are supplied by a vendor will help keep a business running. Typically, this involves buying goods in bulk. Large discounts are usually given to a business owner when they purchase more of a product.

Another aspect of negotiating with vendors deals with taking possession of a product. It's best if a business owner can take possession

of goods that are going to be sold and negotiate payment terms that allow them to pay back the vendor after selling those goods. This helps keep cash flow strong, which is the lifeblood of a business and its success.

Utilize Bartering

By conserving as much cash as possible, it's going to ensure the existence of a business. Even when a person creates an estimate for the expenses associated with operations, marketing and hiring employees, those numbers will still be much lower than the actual costs that occur. When creating a budget for a business, it's actually best to quadruple the expected expenses as there are often a number of unexpected costs that appear out of nowhere. This is why bartering is a good strategy to employ whenever possible. If a business owner can barter and exchange goods for other business owners goods or services, they'll be saving money.

For example, a new business will need to have an online presence, which includes a website and adequate marketing. If a startup business has goods or services that a web designer or digital marketing company needs, the owner of the startup may be able to barter for free or discounted services.

Purchase Used Equipment

A big mistake that many new business owners make is purchasing machines or equipment that are brand new. This is definitely not the way to start a business. It immediately takes a large amount of cash out of the business, which can be detrimental if there's not much cash to begin with. New equipment is usually much more expensive than used equipment, depending on the industry. Of course, used equipment is usually not as good as a unit that is fresh off of the assembly line, but if it is still able to get the job done, it's going to help save money.

One way to find equipment that can be purchased after it's been used is by contacting established companies that are in the same type of business. They might have older inventory that they want to sell. In some cases, it may even be leasable. Both of these options are less expensive than the cost of new equipment. When it's required, a business owner may want to get help from an expert who can inspect the used equipment before buying it. This helps ensure that the older, used equipment is still worth buying. In some cases, it may need to be repaired. An expert should be able to estimate the cost of having it repaired.

Be Strategic When Hiring

As a small business owner, it's going to take a lot of work to get a new business started and thriving. While it may be easier to hire a full-time employee to help get the business going, this is usually not a good idea. By hiring a person as a new employee on a permanent basis, it's immediately going to constrain the finances of that business. Hidden expenses such as a pension or insurance must be factored in. It's going to cost less to hire an expert for a short amount of time when it's required.

As an example, if a new business isn't that large, it doesn't make sense to have an accountant on staff. This type of employee is probably only going to be needed for a few months and maybe not at all. however, if a business is involved in an industry where an owner must deal with complex tax laws, they will probably want to hire an accountant. In most cases, an owner can probably complete their accounting by using some type of small business software. This is going to save them money and really familiarize them with the expenses, income and cash flow numbers, which are crucial to the survival of the business.

When these five ideas are used by a new business owner who is just starting out, it should help create a larger cash flow number. When that important number has the opportunity to grow, a business will stay successful.