Hello, my name is Buzz. My parents named me after the second man to walk on the Moon. However, my ambition isn't to reach the moon, I am aiming for a fantastic career in business. My dad left town when I was pretty young and so I didn't see him as I was growing up. Thankfully, my uncle Bob was a great influence. Not only is he a great guy, he is also a great businessman. For the past 8 months, Bob has been offering me advice about the range of different businesses I could start. i hope you enjoy my blog.
Each year across Australia, dozens of businesses open their doors for the first time. For people who are new to setting up an office, it is not so easy to figure out what to actually fill your new space with. Some things are obvious like a desk and computers, but other than that, there is a lot of open space and not a lot of guidance on how to fill it. The last thing you want to do is get an office up and running and realise you forgot a vital piece of office equipment that would make your life much easier. Here are a few basic essentials you should always have in your office space.
Storage, Storage, Storage
It cannot be repeated enough that one of the most valuable, physical pieces of office equipment you can have is anything storage-related. From your humble filing cabinets to large aisle-saver units and everything in between, you can never have too much storage. Unfortunately you only ever really understand this after a year or so at work when the basic storage you have (drawers in your desks or maybe an unorganised room with no purpose) fills up. Prepare for this by carefully allocating everyone their own storage facilities and then adjusting those on a need-to-need basis.
When it comes to in-person meetings, things are still decidedly low-tech in most offices. A simple whiteboard is often all you need to interact and create plans in your meetings, and this can be backed up by your presentation on a monitor or projector. The two work hand in hand because one allows you to brainstorm and visualise any new plans in real-time, while the other is better for prepared slides and projects. Most offices remember to buy a projector or a TV screen, but it is quite common for people to forget to buy whiteboards now, which is a shame as they are still a very crucial part of office equipment.
While faxes are used in only some industries now, there are really only two machines most businesses need anymore: printers and photocopiers. Printers are hard to forget and are generally one of the first appliances people buy when creating a list of office equipment. Photocopying machines, however, are easily forgotten. Photocopiers are crucial because they let you keep records and duplicate copies far easier than anything similar. Modern photocopiers also let you scan documents into computers and adjust them in there. Whichever way you frame it, a photocopying machine is an absolutely necessary and a valuable part of your office infrastructure.Share