If you have an office, then there’s a big shopping list of items that you will need to buy. As well as the tables and chairs, every office should have the following items.
Printers and Scanners
Although you may feel like you want to be a modern, paperless office – you’ll probably need to print out some forms. This is something that you might not think about until you really need it, and then you have no choice but to pay a premium.
You can pick up printers and scanners quite cheaply, so you don’t need to splash out. Be sure to do a little research on ink costs to ensure that you don’t end up spending a lot of money on this facet of printing.
You’ll need to make sure you sign the emergency exits of your office as well as any hazards. These signs can actually end up being quite expensive if you buy them from the wrong company, so don’t be duped into spending more than you have to.
This is a legal requirement for many offices over a certain size, so don’t be caught out! If you’re found to be non-compliant with these requirements then you can be fined a large amount of money. Plus they make the whole office safer as they know where to go in the case of an emergency.
First Aid Kits
Another thing that you might not consider before it’s too late are first aid kits as every office should be equipped with one of these. This should contain all of the necessary equipment to deal with minor injuries and scrapes, which can come in very handy.
Alongside this, you should ideally have an accident report book. It’s much easier to record an accident at the time than to remember all of the details after the fact. With the proper records, you’re more likely to change the thing that caused the accident to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.
If you need to meet with clients or other workers then you should have an area that makes this possible. Ideally you want this to be in a quiet area away from the main office, but this might not always be possible depending on the office size. If your office is too small for this, then you can create smaller break out areas that feel separate to the main office, while still being in the same room.
A small table and some chairs make these break outs a great place to meet. They can be added to as your office grows. For more sensitive matters, for example discussions with employees, you might want to rent another space to be able to get privacy. You don’t want the whole office to know when you have to reprimand an employee, so give yourself the option for privacy if possible.
These are just some of the things that you might not have thought about when getting your office set up, so don’t miss out on any of them!