5 creative ways for a small business to save

You can't control the economy, but you can control what you spend on your company.

1. Ditch assigned seating
1. Ditch assigned seating
Private offices are an expensive addiction. Ask John DeHart, co-CEO of home health care provider Nurse Next Door. The company reduced office space while expanding from 28 people to 45 at its Vancouver headquarters last year. How? By making all desks available on a first-come, first-served basis. "Even I don't have my own desk," says DeHart. The company saved $60,000 in rent and $40,000 in IT infrastructure costs.


This article is from the September 26, 2011 issue of Fortune.
By Verne Harnish, contributor - Last updated September 22 2011: 7:31 AM ET
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