If you’re like many business owners, you’re often too busy to bother with jumping through all the hoops to secure rebates on business-related purchases – especially technology. By following a few simple rebate rules, and expanding your rebate universe, your business can recoup thousands per year – tax free (the IRS doesn’t count this as income). Here’s your plan:
1) Work the Web: RebatePlace.com is a great site to find rebates, compare prices and save money. Search for available rebates by product category, manufacturer or keyword. Sign up for their free newsletter and have rebate offers delivered to your inbox. Cars.com has a special section for rebates and financing offers which you can access from the homepage.
2) Let ‘em come to you: If you take the time to look, rebates are everywhere. Sign up for rebate programs run by large chain stores and companies whose products you buy regularly for your business. For other companies, try visiting their website and searching for “rebates.” Many companies offer free e-newsletters that often include rebate offers, including: www.3m.com, among others.
3) Go pro (active): Whenever you shop, either online or in-store, actively look for rebate offers. Staples.com, for example, has a section at the bottom of its homepage called “Ways to Save” that includes a Rebate Center where you can find rebate offers, as well as submit and track them.
4) Play the competition: Always check competing brands which frequently offer rebates to lure customers of other companies to their side. For example, automotive items that you replace often are fertile ground for rebates, including oil, filters and antifreeze.
More and more companies now let you apply for rebate offers online, thus eliminating the hassle and expense of filling out forms and mailing them in. Check the offer for details.
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About the Author: Daniel Kehrer, Founder and Chief Content Officer of BizBest Media, is a senior-level leader in digital media, content development and online marketing with special expertise in startups, SMB, social media and generating traffic, engagement and leads. He holds an MBA from UCLA/Anderson and is a passionate entrepreneur (started 4 businesses), syndicated columnist, blogger, thought leader and author of 7 business and financial books.