Aug 10, 2017

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What Office Supplies do You Need for Business in 2017?

Office supplies in today’s world include everything from pens to furniture to the latest computer technology. Let’s take a closer look at what “office supplies” entails today.

1. Desk supplies – Most office desks still include things like pens, pencils, paper clips, tape, scissors and many other things. Ink cartridges for computer printers are now commonly found among desk supplies in offices where computers and printers are used.

Bright school stationery on old wooden table

2. Organizational supplies – You would likely benefit from a calendar that you hang on the wall. You may also need a day planner you take with you if your business involves a lot of meetings. You will be able to easily locate your desk supplies, paperwork, and computer-related items if you organize them with things like drawer organizers, binder clips, folders and stackable desk shelving. File cabinets are organizational items that are large enough to sometimes be regarded as furniture.

3. Office furniture – You need a place to sit. If you have a formal office where you meet with others, you need extra seating. You likely also need a desk to write on, to place a landline or cell phone on and to conduct business from. Modern desks are often designed to accommodate a desktop computer so as to fit the lifestyle of today’s office worker. Some people have both a traditional desk and a separate computer desk. Larger companies have traditionally also had a conference room with a long table and many chairs around it.

There is a trend toward outsourcing work, however, so many businesses that used to rent large office spaces and fill them with furniture and office equipment for use by their many employees now operate from much smaller offices and employ fewer employees than before.

Contemporary Room Workplace Office Supplies Concept

4. Technology – Computers and laptops make it easier than ever to conduct business. You will need apps and software to do specific tasks. Printers, fax machines and other office technologies of recent years round out the modern office. Depending on the type of business that you are involved in, computer technology can either complement a business or completely replace the office world of yesterday.

For instance, a person could just sell a lot of items remotely, on Amazon, and operate the business from a laptop and sometimes also his cell phone. It is not uncommon today to find sole proprietors who simply work from a laptop that they place on the kitchen table or in their laps while they kick back on their beds or at the beach.

5. Paper – Whether you write with a pen or print using a computer and printer, you need many kinds of office paper products. Stock up on notebook paper, printer paper, personalized business stationery and matching envelopes, personalized business note cards, business cards, post-its, and so on.

6. Mailing supplies – In this world of emails, there is still a place for the old-fashioned letter that comes in the mail. Make sure you have a physical supply of labels, stamps, and various mailing envelopes.

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