8 Basic Things your Office Needs
No matter the size of your business, there are a handful of basic office supplies that you need for efficient and effective operation. It might seem obvious, but you would be surprised how often people overlook basic needs when planning a task.
Whether you need to hand write letters or bills of sale, you need basic things like paper and pens. If it makes a mark and you can hold it in your hand, you might want to stock it: highlighters, pens, pencils, erasers, paperclips, tape, scissors, etc.
#2: COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY
Whether it is a tablet or a laptop computer—or, in some cases, just a high-powered smartphone—you need basic technology to allow you to communicate with your partners and clients. You need to be able to conduct research—typically on the internet—and also to track your budget, goals, and other business operations.
On your laptop you need computer programs and on your phone you need apps. These programs help you to conduct your daily operations in the most efficient way; oftentimes making it easier to deal with some of the stresses of life through automation.
While paper technically qualifies as stationery, we’ll include it here because this is more than just notepads and sticky notes. We are also talking about paper for the copy machine and the printer, etc.
#5: OFFICE TECH
And speaking of copiers and printers, make sure that you have a printer, at the very least. You can find relatively affordable multi-functional 123inkcartridges.ca inkjet printers just about anywhere, these days.
#6: ORGANIZATIONAL SUPPLIES
It is going to be easier to keep track of the daily goings on if you have things like a file cabinet, stapler, binder clips, file folders, and other organizational supplies close at hand. It might start with a simple accordion folder for your small business or you might already be at the point where you need a larger file cabinet, etc.
#7: OFFICE FURNITURE
If you start your own business at home, you might not need office furniture. Once you get going, though, it would be a good idea to find the right desk and chair(s) as well as shelving and storage options.
#8: TRACKING AND PLANNING
You might not need a wall calendar but it can be a good idea to have something like this to keep perspective. Even if you use online or phone app calendars, a wall calendar can be very helpful. In addition, consider other ways to improve your planning capabilities.