There are times within any business when having an influx of money seems like a dream that never happens. However, by looking closely at your business, you may very well find that you are sitting on but not making use of areas where there is money to be made.
#1 Promote other business’s products or brands
If your business relies on shipping products out to customers, you are, indeed, sitting on a potential goldmine of unused advertising space on the boxes and packaging that you are sending to customers. Obviously, you can make use of this valuable space yourself to advertise your brands or products, or you can come to a financial agreement with another company and sell the space to them so that they can use it for advertising their products or services.
#2 Rent out empty space
If you are renting out a large area, whether it is office space or manufacturing, there is always the option of renting any space that is not being used within your business to other companies and businesses. Indeed, there are plenty of small businesses just starting up that are watching their overheads and would be happy to rent a desk in an office to work from, or even a small manufacturing business requiring a factory floor area to assemble or make their products in.
#3 Make use of your vehicle fleet
You can use your vehicle fleet in a similar way. There are websites that are regularly advertising shipping work for those looking for one-off shipping jobs for those willing participants searching for them. These jobs can range from single item shipping work to truck loads, and it is up to you and the space that you have available within your vehicles on which kind of job you take.
#4 Outsource your workers
If you have any particularly highly experienced or qualified employees, you can make use of these too by hiring out their time to other businesses that are in need of their special expertise for certain projects. Obviously, you would probably want your employees to stay within your location, but they can still provide their knowledge to help other, smaller businesses flourish within your community.
#5 Hire out unused machinery
This also goes for any expensive machinery that you have within your facility just sitting there doing nothing. You could quite easily hire out the use of these machines – (even with your own employees to work them, so you know that they are being treated properly) to other manufacturing businesses within your area that maybe cannot afford that particular piece of machinery for themselves; but, can afford to hire the use of one per project.
To wrap it all up
In short, this can all be about helping other companies, and also making money, and gaining a good reputation for your own business at the same time. There isn’t anything within your business that can not be hired out in order to make more money should you find that you have space, people, machinery, or sellable areas (such as on packing) sitting there idle or without work.