The modern office is better equipped than at any time in the past. Even for those who work from home and have a dedicated office space, the level of technology and the potential for creativity and connectivity in today’s office environment dwarfs that of the recent past.
Although advances in technology mean that prices continually fall, it can still be an expensive task to equip your office, whatever its size and however many people will be using it. Keeping track of costs is one of the most fundamental things that a business must do to avoid entering a situation where you may face company administration.
So, here are some tips on how to keep the cost of office equipment down to a manageable level.
Whatever type of business you are involved in, the most important thing today is connectivity, whether that means being available to clients and customers across a range of avenues or simply being able to get hold of the right person at the right time.
Of course, at the baseline of modern communications lie two things – telephones and the internet. Having reliable connections is possible the most important consideration for any business, so choosing a provider carefully can be essential.
If you think you can get away without having a fixed land line, make sure that mobile connections are strong and steady in your office. For internet, a fiber optic link will enable you to access the best speeds and bundling all of your telecoms with one provider will always keep costs down.
Range of Hardware
Deciding on what types of devices you need means that you won’t end up with an expensive colour laser printer if you don’t actually need it, likewise a costly mainframe network might not be needed if a few laptops linked by Wi-Fi will suffice.
Obviously some specialized types of business will need specific machines and equipment, but on the whole a decent printer and scanner, along with the computer of your choice whether it’s desktop, laptop or even tablet, can enable you to compete with the biggest and best.
Buy or Rent
If you are equipping your office from scratch it can still make quite a dent in available funds, even if you are sticking to the bare basics, so it’s always worth considering renting or leasing as opposed to buying.
Not only does this mean that you can spread the costs over a longer period, but most deals will include servicing and replacement arrangements, which means you don’t need to worry about short notice replacements or repairs costing you money and ultimately losing you business. You should also investigate equipment financing, as this can help reduce the upfront cost for you.