There are many different pieces that come together to create a successful startup. In today’s world of environmental awareness, a business’s potential eco-footprint may play a part in this puzzle. Today, we will look at a few ways that you can start your business off on the right foot with Mother Nature in mind. This is just one of many great posts brought to you by DigitalWires.
Go for it
If you’ve yet to start your business and you know you want sustainability to be at the forefront of your philosophies, you may be spending entirely too much time thinking and not enough time doing. Well, the time to contemplate is over! You are only doing yourself a disservice by waiting. At the very least, go ahead and create your marketing plan and business structure. For the latter, a limited liability company (LLC) is a popular choice because of the tax benefits and legal protections that go with it.
You can set up your LLC yourself, or hire a lawyer to help, but a third (and likely preferable) option is to enlist the help of an online formation service. An online formation service can help you get started in minutes, but not all formation services are equal, so check Zenbusiness reviews by BestLLCServices.com to make sure you’re getting the best possible deal.
Make it in the USA
Made in the USA is more than just a clever marketing slogan. There are many reasons, both environmental and economic, that make sense to make your products from components and raw materials sourced from the United States. Not only do you reduce your carbon footprint, but it is also much cheaper to manufacture right here at home. According to More Than Shipping, fuel on a 28-day round-trip voyage can cost a single ship more than $3.3 million.
Share your environmental goals
Sharing your environmental goals should be integral in your marketing as well as your internal communications. As a retailer, you’ll need to understand your carbon footprint and also be able to articulate how you’ll make efforts to reduce it. Then, you’ll need to demonstrate your commitment to caring for mother Earth (a few tips on that to follow).
For many businesses, paper waste is one of the biggest issues with their environmental efforts. After all, you likely have order forms, receipts, notes, invoices, and the list goes on and on. Instead of keeping paper files of all of these, start digitizing. The papers you already have can be scanned and turned into a PDF, which can then be merged using a PDF merge tool. This will reduce file size and give you a single location for all your different document types. For new files, consider going digital from the beginning. Services, such as DocuSign, allow you to upload your files and then use a drag-and-drop signature, initial, and dateline. These files are also easy to share and edit when needed.
Offer remote working opportunities
The two main reasons to offer remote working opportunities to your employees are to attract the best workers and to lower your environmental impact. According to the Virtual Vocations blog, you’ll also give your employees an opportunity to eat more environmentally friendly diets while reducing your power and plastic consumption.
While going environmentally friendly has many perks, you’ll also need to proceed responsibly so that you don’t get in over your head with added costs that might hurt your business’s bottom line. But, when you manage your growth and your environmental efforts sustainably, from digitizing your files to offering remote work, you’ll be in a better position to showcase your love of the Earth and its future generations to your customers. Remember, don’t be afraid to get started, and form your corporation today so that you are ready to receive success tomorrow.
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Guest post by Lance Cody-Valdez
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