When you’re getting ready to invest in office equipment, there are a lot of things to keep in mind. You have so many options available that it might be hard to pick what’s right for your business. In today’s post, let’s cut through some of the confusion and talk about things you should be looking for.
Assess Your Needs
First, look at how your business functions. What tools are necessary for you?
If you’re just starting out, consider the essentials: computers, phone systems, printers, fax, etc. There are many affordable options that can give you the tools you need to keep your business humming without stretching your budget. Don’t rely on big box stores either. Because of the buying power and connections of an office supply company like CWPA, we can often find you the best deals.
If you’re investing in new equipment for an existing business, look at how things are working now. Are there areas where there’s a constant problem? Maybe you’ve gotten so used to it, you don’t even see that there’s something hampering your efficiency. Are there products that could be improved, simplified, or consolidated.
Improve: is your current computer barely keeping up with your needs? Does the printer jam or not give you the quality you’re looking for? Newer models can help alleviate these issues and make your business more efficient.
Simplify and consolidate: Perhaps you purchased a phone system with all the bells and whistles, but now realize that you only use a few functions. The rest are a distraction. It’s okay and even desirable to have equipment that meets all your needs without clutter.
Consolidate: Today’s office equipment can easily multitask. This frees up precious space in your office. It makes it easier to move around and gives you room for other items you may have been considering.
As you look at equipment, an important consideration is use. How much work will equipment get? Is it used constantly? Then you should invest in higher quality. Look for pieces with durability, but also ease of maintenance. Consider the cost of upkeep, such as toner and ink in printers into the equation. If, however, the equipment will only receive light or occasional use, it may be preferable to seek value so that you can spend more of your budget on the heavily used items.
Refurbished and reused office equipment can be a value goldmine. Often products are of higher quality and still have years of use left in them. If you’re starting out or watching your bottom line, this can be an excellent way to furnish your office space.
Knowing how to find deals, and researching all your options can be time consuming and overwhelming. Contacting a professional office supplier like CWPA can save you time and money. We have expertise in helping many businesses like yours and can offer suggestions to help guide you toward the best fit for your office. Not only that, but we can do all the legwork for you for a hassle-free experience.
If you’d like to explore your options for office equipment, furniture, and more, contact CWPA today and see how we can help you.