We often talk about having the right technology, but what other equipment do you need as a small business owner?

Having the right office equipment will not only help your business run much smoother, but more efficiently too.

In this article, we’ll look at the 6 pieces of equipment that will help you achieve this.

1. Office Furniture

It goes without saying, you’ll need a desk and chair and if you have employees, they’ll obviously need these too.

Depending on the size of your office (and your budget), you may want to invest in other items such as filing cabinets, lighting, break-out tables, etc.

If you do have employees, think about their needs too. Maybe a coffee machine or vending machine may be required for example.

2. Telephone System

If you are working for yourself and have no employees, using your mobile phone, or Skype may be sufficient.

However, it’s important to consider the way your business communicates with its customers and finding the right solution.

The good news is, these days, there are many solutions available to fit the need and size of your business.

3. Internet Connection

This one goes without saying! No online business can work without an internet connection.

The following two things are essential when choosing your internet provider:

  • Having a high speed connection
  • Having a reliable connection

Also give thought to things like wireless connection and onsite backup.

4. Photocopier / Scanner

This is a really handy piece of equipment, and these days you can get a photocopier / scanner all in one.

This is a basic piece of equipment that every office should have.

5. Shredder

If you’re dealing with confidential customer information, a scanner is essential for destroying it.

Don’t be tempted to put confidential information in a trash bin, remember treat your customers data responsibly as you would your own.

6. Stationery

If your business is solely online, maybe you don’t have a huge requirement for stationery other than pens, calculator, etc.

However, for offline businesses, give some thought to the following items:

  • Business cards
  • Company brochures
  • Office signage
  • Letterheads
  • Etc.

Our Thoughts…

Whether you are a one man band, or have employees, there will no doubt be office equipment that you will require.

As we mentioned earlier, having the right office equipment will not only help your business run much smoother, but more efficiently too.

Further Reading…

These days, no small business can be successful without the use of technology in one form or another.

As the business owner, you might not be particularly tech savvy or even have the inclination to be, but certain aspects are important.

In the following article, ‘Why Technology Is Important As A Small Business Owner’, we’ll talk about why technology is important, and cover the 5 top tech things you can’t ignore in your small business.