So you’ve finally made it to a place where you are expanding your business into an office setting? Congratulations! Now, it’s likely that you’re still going to be on a slight budget, but luckily there are ways of completely furnishing an office even on a tight budget! This article is going to show you how you can easily achieve this so that you can get back to concentrating on building your business even further.
First and foremost, how your office looks is important regardless of whether clients will be entering it or not. You need an area that will be inspiring to work within, and that won’t be distracting from the jobs you have at hand. Head down to your local hardware store and pick up neutral colored paint (if it’s not already that color, of course). Then, instead of hiring professionals to paint your office, get a few friends and some family to come and help you paint your office, then you can celebrate the fact that you’re expanding your business.
You may think that buying furniture is going to be a big issue for your office. Luckily, you can now buy second hand office furniture that has been restored to resell by companies. Many desks and other furniture gets thrown out every year with nothing wrong with it functionally. Consider buying second hand for the time being so that you can make sure your head is above water financially.
When it comes to equipment, it can be a very expensive purchase that you’re making to kit out your office. Make sure that you plan out exactly what you need and in the order that it’s needed. For example, buying a computer to work from is going to be higher on the list than buying a laminating machine. Once you have established this, you can then buy equipment as gradually as possible. There are now companies that offer a buy now pay later scheme too, so that should be something you could consider when it comes to trying to kit out your new office on a budget.
You will need to decide whether you are going to need to employ a member of staff to help you with the new amount of work that you have coming towards you. It’s likely that you will need at least one member of staff if you’ve made the decision to expand your business.
You could go down the route of offering an apprentice role for people to apply for, which would entail you having to pay less wage wise, but you’d also have to be very hands-on with training to let that person learn all of the skills needed for the job. If you can’t spend that much time doing that, then consider offering a part-time job out until you can afford to pay a full-time wage.
Enjoy the expansion of your business, and the perks of having your own office!