Coffee. It’s fuel for business. And, like gasoline, it’s expensive but necessary.
The 23 employees in my family’s towing company are happier and work more efficiently with their regular cups of joe.
I’ve got two tips to save your office money without risking a reduction in your energy reserve:
Lease, don’t buy—At the office, we lease a coffee machine from a water supplier. Its coffee machine lasts about 18 months before breaking. To break even, by buying a similar unit, it would have to last two years.
That’s not going to happen with our java-thirsty employees.
Reduce the amount of coffee slightly—I’m not asking you to switch to unleaded, but a small tweak can make a big difference. We switched from 2.75 ounces per bag (which makes 72 ounces) to 1.5 ounces per bag. Nobody noticed a difference in taste and we saved $400 a year.
With all that money in your pocket, make sure to stock up on milk, cream and soy milk, plus different sweeteners. Oddly, some people like the powder creamer but having a selection makes employees happy.
Do you have any tips on coffee or snacks that save money? Tell us in the comments.
Rachel Reiter is the CEO of Prestige Management and Consulting. If you have any questions or ideas for a future blog post, leave a comment below or contact me. You can also follow Prestige on Facebook.