Very often, I find myself trying to cut down expenses at the expense (pun not intended) of long term growth. There’s only that much savings you can implement on your bottom line. Every resources you throw at maximizing your bottom lines is an opportunity cost to your top lines. That is why it can be a dangerous habit seeking business advisories from your accountant. Leave your accountants to bookkeeping.
In my own experience, I have seen business owners who don’t give much thoughts on their operating expenses. To be fair, they do not splurge on fancy furniture and grandiose renovations in their business premise. But these business owners are very focused on the revenue aspect of their business. They spend a lot of time on customer acquisitions, working on their sales pitches, training their sales team and perfecting their sourcing strategies. They spend very little time comparing quotes that don’t have much impact on their bottom line. Electrician A might be 5% more expensive than Electrician B, but if A can fix the problem right away, he gets the job.
They also don’t worry too much on how much they are taxed. Rather, they worry about the sales they are missing out if they spent too much time agonizing over their tax relieves and deductibles.
In their head, they just keep telling themselves, “The show must go on!”