So you have finally signed the lease for your very first office suite. The next step would be setting it up. While it’s important to spend a bit more on quality items like furniture and technology, you definitely don’t want to overspend on things for your office space. Here are a few budget-friendly ways to furnish your office suite without compromising on quality.
Make a list
Draw up a simple list with 2 columns – one for important office needs and the other for optional items. Knowing what you absolutely need for your office suite can help you plan your expenses better. Generally, important essentials are desks, chairs, computers, phones, lighting, printer, office supplies and meeting room technology. What’s nice to have but not really necessary when you are starting out can range from decorations for your walls and potted plants to a fancy coffee maker. These can be purchased later when you have extra funds.
What to spend on
With the list above, determine what you should spend on and what you can skimp on for your office suite. For example, it’s a good idea to spend a bit more on good quality chairs as well as computers as these are things that get heavy use everyday. Things that you can skimp on are things that don’t make much of difference if they are cheap or costly – like printing paper. You don’t need very expensive paper to print drafts that get thrown away quickly.
Get multi-functional furniture like desks that come with file cabinets or a flexible storage unit that can be used in multiple ways in your office suite. This works great for small offices where space is minimal. It is also great if you have unused furniture from your home; for instance a chest of drawers which may serve your office storage needs better than staying empty at home.
Research places where you can buy products at a discounted price or cheaper rate. You also don’t need every single item in your new office suite to be brand new. For example, second hand storage cabinets that are still in good condition would work just as well as new ones. You can get these at second hand stores or from companies that are upgrading their office space.