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Essential Office Supplies Your Business Needs to Start off Strong

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Are you getting ready to move your business into a new office space? Are you feeling excited and nervous about all the tasks associated with the big move?

Whether you’re opening a new location for your business or investing in your first-ever office space, it takes a lot to get an office up and running.

If you’re not sure what kinds of supplies and products you need to invest in to ensure you and your employees have everything you need, keep reading.

Listed below some essential office supplies every business owner needs to keep their office running smoothly.

Desk Supplies

First, you need to think about the kinds of supplies you’re going to keep on your desk (as well as the supplies your employees will want to keep on their desks). Some basic desk supplies you might need to purchase include the following:

  • Pens
  • Highlighters
  • Sticky notes
  • Staplers
  • Tape
  • Scissors

All of these supplies are things you don’t really think about until you need them and can’t find them. To avoid a mad scramble for a pen when jotting down a note for a client, make sure you have all of these things ready to go.

Technology

These days, every office needs to have computers at the ready. You will need a computer for your work, and your employees will likely each need their own as well.

You also don’t want to forget about other types of office tech, such as printers, scanners, and fax machines. You may want to invest in tablets for on-the-go notetaking and handling other tasks, too.

Apps and Software

These might not be tangible office supplies. They play an important role in your everyday operations, though.

There are lots of apps and software programs that you can purchase to help you manage your office in a more effective way.

These tools can come in especially handy if you’re working with limited staff and don’t have a lot of help with things like administrative needs and bookkeeping.

Consider investing in good bookkeeping and scheduling software programs, as well as apps that help with things like note-taking and customer relationship management.

Furniture

You and your employees are going to need somewhere to sit, right? You also can’t forget about your clients. You want them to feel comfortable when they visit your office, don’t you?

At the bare minimum, you ought to make sure you have desks and desk chairs for yourself and each of your employees. You’ll also need to invest in some comfortable seating for clients and other visitors.

Depending on the nature of your work and the level of privacy people need, you may want to purchase some room dividers to create makeshift offices or cubicles for yourself and your employees.

Decorations

You’re going to be spending quite a bit of time in this office, especially as you work to grow your business and get it off the ground. If you’re going to spend a ton of time in this space, shouldn’t it be aesthetically pleasing?

Invest in some potted plants to bring nature indoors and keep the air in your office clean. Buy some paintings or photographs to display on the walls, too.

Simple decorations like this can make a big difference and help everyone feel more at home in your office.

Organizational Tools

The more systems you have in place to keep your office organized, the easier it will do for you to maintain that sense of order.

Invest in mail organizers, file cabinets, wall units, and other tools that will make it easy for you to give everything its own place within the office.

Start making organization a priority now, when you don’t have as much to organize. Then, when things start getting busier, you’ll already have your system down pat.

Stationery and Mailing Supplies

These days, lots of offices are placing a heavy emphasis on going digital. That doesn’t mean there’s no room for stationery and other paper products, though.

You’re still going to have to send letters from time to time, so you ought to have branded stationery and other mailing supplies to establish a sense of professionalism.

You’ll likely need other paper products, too, such as envelopes and paper for printing pay stubs and invoices, as well as calendars and planners to help everyone stay organized.

Office Lifestyle Supplies

Office lifestyle supplies are supplies that help the office to feel more like home. This includes a refrigerator, kitchen supplies, snacks, and a coffee maker for the breakroom.

If your budget is tight might seem like a waste to invest in these kinds of things. Remember, though, that they can go a long way when it comes to helping your employees feel comfortable and satisfied with their jobs.

This, in turn, will help them feel more motivated to put their best foot forward and work and perform in a way that allows the company to grow and flourish.

Janitorial Supplies

Don’t forget, when you have your own office space, you’re going to be responsible for keeping it clean.

Even if you decide to hire a cleaning company to come and take care of the day-to-day cleaning for you, you still might need to pay for janitorial supplies yourself.

Make sure have plenty of products on hand to keep the office clean between professional cleanings, too.

For example, it’s a good idea to have antibacterial wipes available for wiping down desks, keyboards, and other surfaces. You also ought to have a vacuum, a broom and dustpan, and dusting supplies at the ready.

Pick Up Your Essential Office Supplies Today

As you can see, there are a lot of essential office supplies you need to ensure your business runs smoothly.

No matter what kind of business you run, if you have all these tools on hand, it’ll be much easier for you to tackle everyday tasks and keep your office looking great and running in an efficient way.

Do you want to learn more about running your own business?

Be sure to visit the Professional section of our site today for additional advice on everything from furnishing your office to finding clients.

 

About the author /


Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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