Starting your startup can be an intense journey, and many small business owners or entrepreneurs can wind up surprised by many elements of running a startup that they had not expected or anticipated. Starting a new business or company comes with a good deal of initial costs, and knowing how to manage them can make your new company’s journey from startup to revenue that much more painless. In fact, many of the strategies we’ll talk about are easy and effective ways to keep costs down and get your startup off the ground with minimal struggle.

1. Remain Flexible At All Costs

Everyone has to have a plan, but when you’re running a startup, yours has to be especially flexible. There are going to be all sorts of twists and turns as you get your business up and running, and the inability to adjust your plan accordingly can actually wind up costing you seriously, in both the immediate and the long run.

2. Be Precise

This applies to almost everything you do when you’re running a startup (especially one that you hope to start earning revenue quickly), but it applies doubly with issues relating to finances. Especially with your cost and capital estimates, and other such sensitive calculations and estimates. Understanding exactly how much you have to work with is a huge boon to a startup, and means that you can manage your money and distribute it the most effective ways possible. It also means you won’t inadvertently stretch yourself too thin or spend any money you don’t have.

3. Cut Back When You Have To

The ability to say “no” goes a long way when you’re nursing your fledgling startup, and the ability to demure when you have to will save you a good deal of money that might otherwise have been unwisely spent. Keeping your grip on the reigns nice and tight will keep your operations lean and costs down.

4. Expect Early Loss

The vast majority of startups don’t earn revenue early on in their lifetimes. If you run your business expecting to lose money early on, you’ll be less likely to respond in ways that only result in your losing even more. Taking a loss in the beginning should be quite a part of your plan, and you should be expecting and prepared for it as you begin your company.

5. Hire a Consultant

It’s easy to keep a lid on your costs, but sometimes cost management consulting is one of the most effective ways to go. If your company needs a little more attention and care than you’re willing or qualified to give it, then you might want to bring in an outside consultant or firm to help you cut down on unnecessary spending.

Whatever your choice, the options for reigning in your startup’s spending and initial costs are easier than they might have initially seemed. With a few of the right strategies in place, your startup can start earning money and creating revenue faster than you might have ever expected.