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How Much Do Small Businesses Spend on Printing?

Whether you’re budgeting for your new small business or just trying to cut costs at an existing business, you should consider printing. Your printing costs and office supply expenses are likely the third biggest expenses behind your labor and your building costs. You need to make sure you are keeping them as low as possible. Obviously, a small business will spend money based on how many employees it has. Research has found that companies typically spend between $77 and $92 a month on supplies per employee. There are many different ways to get those costs down.

Save Money with Printer-Friendly Fonts

A font is more than just the size of the letters. The letters themselves have different widths and heights depending on the font. Furthermore, they have different amounts of space between the letters. When you combine all of these factors, the font itself can drastically change how much space each word occupies. If you choose a space-saving font, you will be able to cut down on the number of pages consumed. That means that you will spend less money at the printing shop.

Turn the Page

You can sometimes save money by turning items to landscape format before you print them. Certain types of images and pages will be saved by turning them landscape. That will allow you to, for example, print two pages of a copied book on one sheet of paper. That will reduce the number of pages by 50%.

Shop Around for Print Shops

Finally, you should make sure you shop around for the right printing shop. There are many different ones that you can choose from. The right printing shop is one that will cover all of your needs at a good price. For example, some printing shops offer enlargement or shrinking services. These are specialized services that might be useful for certain small businesses. Also, businesses charge different amounts for printing and other services. If you need some of these other services, it is good to have access to them.

If you can shop around for your services, you’ll have access to discounts as well. Oftentimes, companies will offer special prices for certain services or for printing in general. If you can find the right discounts, you can save a considerable amount of money for your small business. That money can be rolled into your profits as opposed to your business expenses. Oftentimes, office supplies are the difference between profitability and debt.