Keeping Down the Costs of Your Office RedesignPosted by at July 19, 2012 in Office
People who own businesses know how hard it is to keep all their necessities in a budget. Having the right equipment and people needed to run a successful business takes time and money. And especially now, during the recession, it can be costly to revamp the office to maximise productivity. Here are some tips that will help to keep down the costs of your office redesign.
It’s a given that many offices already have laptops/ computers, so for the time being make use of the one you already have. It may not be the newest gadget but it will do for now. If you own a bigger office you may be tempted to buy fancy laptops to create a professional ambience but the wholesalers will have better deals with desktops so the best bet is to go with the desktops.
Software depends on the type of business you own but most programs needed already come installed on the computers or downloadable from the internet. You will probably need a printer so a combination printer/fax/scanner would be better instead of buying each separately. Buying a telephone for the office would also be beneficial and you will need a telephone system.
It may be tempting to kit out your office with fancy couches, tables and desks but save that until the recession is over and your business is up and running, bringing in a stable profit. But for now stick with basic desks and desk chairs, metal is usually cheaper than wood. Filing cabinets are important for hard copies but if you can’t find any in your price bracket, then you could spend a little more on your desks and get draws in the desks. This would save space as well as money.
Alternatively, you can get cardboard storage boxes for documents if you really want to set up cheaply. However, if you are going to store fairly large amounts of documents, filing cabinets is preferred. Filing cabinets are not expensive and if you are going to buy more than a few cardboard storage boxes, you will spend as much money as you would for a filing cabinet or two.
You can save money on your business expenses by prioritising what you actually need. You can get by with non-extravagant desks, chairs, cabinets and computers just until the business gets going. A telephone system is essential, a pool table is not. Wait till the right time to start investing in more luxury fittings.
Most importantly stick to your budget and stick to your budget. It is vital that you do this because your business will not be as successful as you hope if you don’t take sensible money decisions.
Employing painters and decorators can be expensive so take advantage of free help and get the staff to decorate. Alternatively, does someone owe you a favour or do you have a close friend in the industry? Make the most of your contacts to avoid forking out money upfront.
Bio: This post was written by Official Space: the UK’s leading office space website.