Operating costs, together with operating expenses, make up a carrier’s expenses. Without efficient cost control, it is difficult to maintain the financial health of the business.
With this in mind, we have selected four important tips to help your company with this task of controlling costs.
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Know Individually Which Factors Influence Cost Control
To control the finances of the carrier, it is first necessary to know what each of the operational costs involved in the transportation of cargo is. And we are not just talking about general expenses, but a complete description of every penny that comes out of the box and where it goes.
Often, without this meticulous cost control, the transportation company may have “phantom” operating costs that do not appear in more generalized financial management. These hidden expenses can reduce your carrier’s profit.
For example, the price of fuel can vary from state to state, or even between cities. If the basic calculation of this cost of operation is the lowest price, financial management will be surprised by an excess expense. This also applies to the calculation of the unit cost of vehicles: it is necessary to individualize and add each one, instead of taking the expense of a single-vehicle as a reference, even if they are similar models.
Record the Transport Cost Control
It is worth remembering that, unlike operating expenses, operating costs are those expenses involved in the core activity of the business and which maintain the essential function of the company: transporting cargo. Therefore, the greater the demand met, the higher the operating cost will also be.
Well, the best way to organize it is to put everything on the tip of the pencil. That is, recording each transport expense in a systematic and easily accessible way. In this case, as we will see in the next tip, doing financial management literally “at the tip of the pencil” is not the smartest way, since there are more efficient technological tools for this.
Modernize your financial control
Ideally, the carrier’s cost control should be done through a virtual tool and in the cloud, that is, stored on a server external to the company’s. Thus, it will be possible to add expense records and make the financial management of the business in real-time, between different employees and from anywhere. It will no longer be necessary, for example, to be in the office to access this information.
The choice of the tool depends on your resources and the adaptability of the team to the available solutions. In this sense, there is everything from free and more basic tools such as Google Spreadsheets, to software developed as an Integrated Business Management System (ERP).
Prepare financial planning
Once you have a clearer view of the carrier’s operating costs, make it a habit to record them one by one and do so in a practical and modern way, you will be able to have predictive cost control.
Not only will you know exactly how much and what you spend, but you will be able to plan your company’s finances for the coming months based on your actual performance. This will make it possible to bring more financial stability to the business, in addition to supporting strategic decisions with a focus on increasing the carrier’s revenue.