Sustainability Tips for SMEs

Sustainability
 
There are many challenges facing small businesses these days and while overcoming those hurdles business owners are also looking to go the extra mile to stay true to their own brand values. For example, to be green, to stay true to set ethical values, to support other local enterprises or even national concerns such as charities. 
In addition to this, with increased regulation and growing public awareness of environmental concerns, sustainability is a topic that no business can ignore. Sustainability is something to constantly consider and to plan for.
 

The Challenges Facing SMEs

The commercial marketplace is always evolving, and SMEs face daily challenges to stay competitive. As a result, more than 70 percent find that they lack the resources to put their sustainability plans into action. Most realise that sustainability is an important topic, but if it is not something that directly impacts the bottom line, it is inevitably deprioritised.

There is also a question of know-how. An SME will not have experts on hand to tackle sustainability issues and draw up a strategy along the lines of the larger companies. But that doesn’t mean you can do nothing.

Benefits of Implementing Sustainability in SMEs

These are challenges that apply to SMEs across the board in all industries. The first step is always the hardest, and it is as much about mindset as anything else. Look at the benefits that a sustainability strategy can bring, particularly in a sector where the competition is slow to get started.

For one thing, you will find that your brand image gains a welcome boost. Today’s consumers are savvy people, and you will attract a whole new demographic that is willing to pay more for a product or service from a sustainable supplier.

For another, you will find that many of the simple measures you can adopt will have direct financial benefits.

Simple Sustainability Strategies

You don’t need a 100-page strategy to improve sustainability in your business, all it really takes is some common sense. Here are some examples:

 

  • Recycling – This goes beyond bins for bottles and drink cans and can run through the entire business. Speak to your printer toner manufacturer or supplier about what to do with old toners, and introduce a policy that if paper has only been used on one side, it gets fed back into the printer. Costs and consumption will reduce dramatically.
  • LED lightingLEDs make the office environment a nicer place to be and use far less electricity. They also last longer than conventional light bulbs. 
  • Car pooling – Offer incentives for employees to car pool. It doesn’t have to be anything expensive, and will increase office morale as people get to know each other better and save themselves some fuel costs.
  • Get everyone involved – make sustainability a topic that everyone is involved in, and ask the team to come up with ideas for new ways the business can reduce its carbon footprint – usually, this will also result in saving money.

 

 

15 Craft Business Ideas for 2018

Business Ideas

Do you have a passion for arts and crafts? There are so many different craft business ideas and opportunities that allow you to share your crafting skills in a variety of different ways.

Let us have a look at 15 best craft business ideas to get you started.

Handmade Kitchen Gloves

You can always start with the handmade kitchen gloves, add the labels and sell them on Etsy or any other online selling platform. The material for it can be bought from the market and buying in large amounts would get you discounts. Of course, with creativity added, you can sell them at good prices. People prefer creativity along with quality nowadays and few markets these days sell both at a reasonable price.

Handmade Jewellery

If you love making jewellery, you could find yourself sitting on a lucrative business venture. Making handmade jewellery and selling it online is a great way to supplement your income. People love unique gift ideas or unique piece of jewellery.

Drapes and Curtains

If you enjoy interior designing, you’d better get going. Start designing curtains and drapes today.

Dresses

Awaken your inner fashion designer this coming year and make cash. You can design dresses sitting at home and sell them via Facebook or perhaps your blog.

Handmade Leather Jackets

Leather jackets are forever loved. You can buy leather and create artsy and designer jackets that are sold in no other outlets.

Hats

Many of us, are big suckers for hats. You can craft different types of hats such as beanies, beret hats, fedora hats etc.

Silk/Chiffon Scarves

Making dreamy scarfs is the next best thing in the world. Scarfs are a requirement where there are coats or jackets worn.

Handbags/Wallets

Being a woman or a man you probably know the utmost importance of handbags or wallets.

Gloves

Whether the winters are coming or not. Gloves are considered an important hand wears too many ladies and men who ride bikes. You’ll be doing them a great favour as well as your pocket.

Socks

If all seems vain, you may as well knit socks and sell them. A lot of people love handmade socks as they keep you warm. You can make them in order.

Artsy Masks

Masks make perfect gifts for wear or decoration. If you need inspiration, check beautiful masks at Carnival of Venice. You can find some interesting patterns.

Couch Cushions

You can either make handmade knitted cushions or silk ones.  

Quilts

People are heads over heels in love with quilts. Why not? Everyone likes to show off once in a while. After all, they carry class.

Carpets

If you know weaving there’s a good chance you can weave some amazing carpets and earn good money.

Handkerchiefs

Yes, you can always craft beautiful handkerchiefs and sell them away at good prices.

 

Do you have any other craft business ideas to share? Creativity is a well that never goes dry and there are so many clever, skilled and craft people out there!

 

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