Setting up your very first office is a big moment for any business, no matter whether you are decking out a room in your house to become a workplace or if you are renting premises from somebody else. Today’s tip column reveals our Top 5 Tips for purchasing your office essentials:
1. Even though your business may have noble aspirations to keep its carbon footprint low and do as little printing as possible, the truth of the matter is that you probably are going to have to print some things out. Refusing to buy a printer on principle is only potentially going to put your business at a disadvantage when you really need to print something urgently. In last weeks Top 5 Tips we covered a whole range of printer options and examined how their different functions will help your business – check it out here.
2. If you plan on printing any documents that contain information about you or your clients, you’ll need to have a way to dispose of them safely afterward that makes it impossible for anyone to read. The best way of achieving this is to purchase a paper shredder that will obliterate your documents in a matter of seconds. Basic shredders like this AmazonBasics one will set you back about £30 / $50 but it is a good investment to protect the integrity of your business data.
3. Comfort is really important if you are going to be spending the entire day sitting at your desk working and that is why it is essential for you to have a chair that you feel comfy with. This is perhaps the most vital thing that you will buy because a poor choice could actually hurt your health in the long-term, so you should look at spending at least £50 / £100 on your preferred chair rather than picking up something on the cheap. Look at what other people have said online about the chair before buying it as a measure of quality – for example, the Santana Black High Back Executive Office Chair is one of the highest rated chairs on Amazon.
4. Now that you are sorted for something to sit on, you need to think about what kind of desk you would like. If space is at a premium in your home office you’ll probably want to consider a desk like the Piranha PC28g that will go in the corner and not waste any space at the sides.
5. If you want to keep your work stuff separate and secure once you pack up for the day, you’ll need some sort of lockable cabinet to store files and projects you are currently working on. Something like this office cupboard with locking sliding doors would enable you to have easy access during the work day and keep it sealed up at night.
Also, if you don’t already have one, make sure you don’t forget to provide an office kettle for thirsty workers!