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Published On: Wed, Apr 18th, 2018

10 Things You Need After Starting Your Business

The first few months of your new business are the most crucial stage. This is when you establish your company and create a positive impression on your customers.

Though there would be bumps and humps along the way, it is important that you start your business on the right path. Having most, if not all, of the things that you need after starting your business can help you make the whole journey more bearable and enjoyable.

Below are some of the must-have things in your new business.

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Office Essentials

Providing a comfortable office for your employees is essential for the productivity of your company. Office essentials for small businesses include desks and comfortable office chairs. Locking file cabinets are important to organize your files and you can add a large whiteboard that you can use when planning projects, tracking deadlines and scheduling appointments. Good office lighting does not just give a welcoming appearance to your office but it also boosts the productivity of your team.

Office Equipment

You would more likely allocate a huge amount of your startup expense in purchasing office equipment such as computers, printers, software, network equipment and fax machines. But if you purchase the essential equipment that you really need, your office equipment expenditures won’t hurt your pocket that much. Below is the list of office equipment that you really need:

  • Computers and software
  • Multifunction Printer
  • Computer Network and Internet Connection
  • Shredder
  • Supplies which include ink cartridges, printer paper professional heavyweight stationary

Phone System

Customer service is an important factor in the success of your business. You must create an efficient and organized phone system so that your customers can reach you anytime. You should have a phone system with individual extension and voicemail options. Consider hiring someone to answer all of the business calls and take the message or direct it to the appropriate department.

Marketing Materials

The market is full of potential customers; you just need to market your company right to attract prospective clients. Creating an effective marketing strategy is a necessity, especially for start-up companies. You need to let the world know who you are and what you do.

Establish a simple website that displays the overview of your company and information about your products and services offered. It won’t hurt if you also include positive customer reviews and testimonials.

Despite the advancement of digital marketing, still patronize old schools marketing techniques such as photography business cards, flyers or brochures for the promotion of your products and services.

First Aid Kit

Nobody can predict accidents.  Since an accident can happen anytime and anywhere, it’s a must that your office has a first-aid kit ready. If you don’t have an office clinic, place the first aid kit somewhere that is accessible to everyone.

Items that should be included in your first aid kit are:

  • Gauze pads
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive tapes
  • Latex gloves
  • Tweezers
  • Elastic wraps
  • Wound-cleaning towelettes
  • Roller bandage

Business Forms

Certain types of business documents are essential to manage your billing, formalize contractual agreements, allocate budget and track expenses. Business documents may include letters of agreements, business contracts, and invoices. Keep these documents organized for record keeping purposes. Plus, they can come in handy if you’re disputing something with a client, vendor or service provider.

Paper Supplies

Though most businesses promote a paperless environment, you still can’t totally eliminate the use of paper supplies in the office. Depending on the needs of your business, below is the list of paper products that you should have:

  • Fax paper
  • Printer paper
  • Sticky notes
  • Telephone-message pads
  • Graph paper
  • Spiral notepads
  • Envelopes
  • Writing papers
  • Adding-machine paper rolls
  • Shipping labels
  • Index tabs and dividers
  • Paper hole reinforcements
  • Pocket folders
  • File folders
  • Planner refills
  • Calendars
  • Time cards

 

Desk and Reception Supplies

Have you tried working on a desk that is poorly stocked?

Instead of solely focusing your time and energy on a certain task, you would have to stand up and look for things that are needed. A desk that is poorly stocked can definitely affect your productivity. Make sure that each of the desks in your office has stocks of pens, highlighters, pencils, markers, staples and staplers, push pins, erasers, clamps and fasteners, paper clips, tape, rubber bands and schedule board.

Decorations

Your office symbolizes the vision and mission of your company. One of the factors that can influence customer’s impression is the appearance of your office.

Aside from looking clean and organized, make sure that your office is rich in personality. Choose wall colors and decors that are aligned with the personality of your company. Impress your clients and motivate your employees by using accents such as:

  • Plants and floral arrangements
  • Artwork
  • Figurines, statues, and other large impressive pieces
  • Wall-decal murals or quotes
  • Lamps
  • Durable area rugs
  • Clocks

Furniture and Other Large Items

Invest in office furniture that has good quality and durability. Your office furniture may include waiting room tables, assorted chairs, desks, bookshelves, conference tables and seats and office kitchen appliances and furniture.

Though the checklist in starting your business may seem endless, don’t be overwhelmed and tick one checklist at a time. Having these 10 things ready will help you have a smoother initial stage of your business.

Author: Richie Hedderman

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