Even if your scale of operation is small, you need to have basic office supplies to run your business smoothly. Are you clueless about what you need and plan to learn along the way? If so, that’s a bad idea. A real bad one. Before you mess up your office, make a list of supplies that you could possible need. Go through the following items; you will probably need them.
Desk and chair is the first and foremost furniture you need. What kind of desk you need will depend on the type of work you do and how much time you spend doing it. If you are using a desktop computer or laptop, you need to consider that while choosing the style of the desk. Make sure that the chairs are ergonomically designed to offer comfort.
Next thing to consider is file cabinets and storage space. How many files would you have to store? Do you expect to have lot many physical documents? How sensitive those files and documents are? Keeping these aspects in focus, you will need to select the appropriate cabinet and safe/vaults.
Yes, you can do most of your work from your smart phone. However, when you have to spend long hours doing that, it’s better to have a laptop or a desktop computer for that. Select the laptop/computer according to your business requirements. If you are into designing and graphics, you will need high end system. For simpler office processes, a regular one do nicely.
Generally, every business needs at least one printer. A smart decision here would be to buy a printer that comes with additional features to copy, scan and fax information. If you are dealing with sensitive information, consider a shredder.
Depending on the nature of your business, you may also need label makers, laminators, calculators and cash registers.
Apps and software
You can simplify your business operations through the use of various apps and software available free of cost in the market. Through these apps, you can track customer payments, client invoices, maintain a blog/website and much more.
It’s always necessary to be organized to bolster performance and productivity. Keep staplers, binder clips and folders handy to file and organize important documents.
Having calender and planners can also help you manage your time efficiently. Sticky notes are always handy to keep track of your to-do tasks.
Supplies such as pens, pencils, highlighters, paper clips, scissors and tape are basics. Without these things, smooth day-to-day office activities are next to impossible.
How can we talk about supplies without talking about papers? Be it printouts or notepads, you will need paper. Estimate the number of printouts you need weekly and stock up accordingly. You also need to consider your employees requirement while taking an estimate.
Having a comfortable office environment is always good for productivity. You can make your office space more interesting by hanging signage, art and brainstorming notes on the wall. So stock pushpins and thumbtacks.