The Sam’s Club Membership Warehouse for Business, a Wal-Mart division, is revamping its membership rules to make it easier for small business owners to join the “club” and get discounts on goods and services. Qualifying for a Sam’s Club Business Membership once meant you had to produce documents or licenses proving your business status. Now it’s simpler: Online, just sign up and you’re in. In person, merely show a current business card, letterhead or something you use to promote or manage your business. This will make it possible for freelancers, home-based businesses and other independents to tap Sam’s Club savings for the first time — a welcome advantage in a recession.
The basic Sam’s Club small business membership is $35/year; or $100 for the “enhanced” version that gets you bigger discounts on everything from health insurance, websites and check printing, to merchant accounts, credit lines and shipping. Here’s more insider info on saving money on your small business buying at over 500 Sam’s Club locations nationwide:
A small business membership at Sam’s Club will get you three membership cards — a company card that anyone at your business can use, a personal card for you, and another card for a family member. Clubs carry office supplies, business furniture, vending items, cleaning supplies, paper and food products, office electronics, computers and more. The clubs feature specific “business only” shopping hours (called Gold Key hours) from 7-10 am and a “Personal Shopper” service that lets you order ahead online or by fax and has it ready for next-day pickup. And, of course, you can always shop 24/7 online.
Also take advantage of the free cost comparison program available through the Sam’s Club Small Business Center. They’ll analyze your purchases, comparison shop for you, and identify areas your business may be able to save more money. The website even includes spreadsheet-like examples of how other businesses are saving money.
More Sam’s Club buying tips:
- You can also shop by business type (retail, motel, convenience store, restaurant, etc.) through The Small Business Center.
- Buying BULK (I mean really bulk)? You can bargain with Sam’s Club for an even lower price on single items bought by the truckload.
- Check here to locate the nearest club.