For most companies, there is not a constant surge of business that promises prosperity for the foreseeable future. There are times when you are doing well, and times when you hope for more.

When your business is booming, it is easy to start thinking about reinvesting into your business and looking for opportunities for growth. Unfortunately, however, it is also essential to consider what you will do when there are lean times.

Here are a few tips to consider when you need to minimize expenses while your business recovers.

Do what you know

Your business may have changed dramatically since you started your company. As you began to succeed, you may have seen opportunities to take different risks.

When you are preparing for or in the middle of a lean time for your business, it is time to go back to basics. Think about your core market and what they need from you right now and shift your focus there.

Trim the extras

One area you probably do not want to cut is your employees. You have come to count on each other, and you know they depend on you.

As you adjust to lean times, think about other areas where you can trim expenses before you need to lay off workers. Consider whether there are expenses that you can cut, even if only for a short time, such as business lunches and unnecessary travel.

Most importantly, take action as soon as possible. When you refocus and trim expenses early on, you may be able to avoid cutting out more than you would like.