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Essential Craft and Office Equipment

By: Rachel Newcombe - Updated: 16 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
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When you’re starting a business, you’ll need various forms of office and craft equipment to get you started. Here we offer a look at some of the items you may need to consider.

There’s a lot to think about when you’re starting to run a business, but one key element is getting yourself equipped with all the craft and office items you need to successfully run a business. If you’re starting a business from scratch, you’re likely to need a number of essential items to get you started. Some of the office items you may need to purchase include:

  • Computers.
  • Printers.
  • A fax machine.
  • A telephone and answering machine.
  • Desks and chairs.
  • Work tables.
  • Lights.
  • Filing cabinets.
  • A scanner or photocopier.
  • Stationery items.
  • Shelves.
  • Cupboards.
  • Drawers.
  • Display stands.

As far as the craft items you’ll require, it depends entirely on what the nature of your business is. If, for example, you’re in the papercrafting line, then you may need equipment such as a heat / embossing gun, a die cutting machine, punches, scissors, lighting and heat proof surfaces to work on.

Obtaining Items

One way of obtaining items in the first instance is to buy them from an office wholesaler, but it can seem quite costly when funds are tight. Office equipment and other items are tax deductible, but if you want to avoid a huge outlay, there are other options to consider.

Pieces of equipment can, for example, be rented or hired for a set period of time. This method could help you get going without having to spend too much before you’ve earned much with your business and, in some instances, you can decide to buy the equipment you’re hiring for a discounted rate. In the case of computers or laptops, this means you get the added advantage of testing out certain makes before you commit to buying.

There are also refurbished computers available from many companies, which can help reduce the cost of buying brand new. If you need lots of desks, chairs or large filing cupboards, then look out for details of office clearances where lots of items may be going cheap. There are various companies selling secondhand furniture, including some charities, and if you don’t mind not having everything matching, you could set yourself up in a very creative and quirky manner.

Or, if you’re after specialised craft items, then perhaps you could ask to borrow them from friends or family or approach a firm and ask if they’ll let you borrow them for a short period. It may be a bit of a rare situation, but if you’re able to offer free promotion back to the companies in question, it may be allowable.

There’s an awful lot to do when you’re equipping a business premise or shop, but it can also be a lot of fun. Take time enjoying the process of laying out and designing your work area and make sure it’s functional and will work for you. If the layout doesn’t work at first, then move it around until it does. After all, you’re probably going to spend a lot of time working here over the coming months, so you better get it right if you can!

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