So, you’ve decided to start your own business, with the goal of eventually expanding. Most likely, you’ll be operating from a small office – and you might be surprised to find out that your needs won’t change much, even as you upscale. After all, in order to function at the same level of efficiency as a big office, you need to have proportionately adequate and reliable equipment.
Whether you’re setting up your new office at home or in a rented space, it always helps to make a list of the absolute essentials you’ll need to allocate your funds towards. Below, CleanandClearWater.com.au shares a list of the most basic tools, resources and facilities that your new office needs to have.
- Computers and other vital hardware. Obviously, you’ll need to have reliable desktop computers (or laptops, if you’re all about energy efficiency/mobility and have the budget for that). Consider the number of people who’ll be working in your office and what other devices they’ll need. A stable Internet connection, printers, fax machines, copiers, telephones are some staples. You should also think about investing in filtered water coolers (to keep your employees hydrated) or air-conditioning (to keep them comfortable).
- A good desk set-up. You don’t really need cubicles, of course. More often than not, a small yet smart setup should suffice. The desk needs to be roomy enough to accommodate all the stuff you’ll be putting on top of it, though, and you have to consider the fact that your employees need elbow room, too.
- Security measures for your files and equipment. Invest in a surge protector to ensure that your high-tech equipment will be safe from the harsh elements of the weather. On the other hand, you also need to get a data backup system in the event that your files get lost or corrupted. Investing in cloud technology, which means your files are stored in the cloud, and are accessible anywhere with an internet connection, is a good strategy.
Everything else follows, of course; small office supplies, filing cabinets, and other office basics. Just be sure to make a list and consider all your needs before you start purchasing your equipment.