I have been a part of the business world for a long time. Old guys like myself have a unique perspective on what it means to be in the business field and know the costs of operating a large business or corporation. That being said, I can also point out some of the critical mistakes that are commonly made in today’s modern companies. Some business guys just do not understand what it really takes to run a business, and are just penny pinchers who look for every possible way to cut costs. I can assure you that I know what I am talking about in this article, so I would take everything that I say very seriously and close to your heart. As far as operating a business from day to day, it involves a lot of overhead costs as well as operating costs. Part of these costs include office supplies that are used daily. Unlike other people when they talk about office supplies, I am not referring to just stationery products like pens, pencils, staplers, and whatever else you might think of. Rather, I am talking about office supplies that are often overlooked but still incredibly useful and impertinent to the operating efficiency of your company and will reduce or cut costs in the long run. So without further ado, here is my short list of office supplies that you need to be purchasing on a regular basis if you are not already.
The first type of office supplies I want to talk about is referring to postage like UPS, FedEx, and USPS. What could I possibly have to say about those things, you might be wondering? Well, I am personally a huge proponent of always keeping a plethora of packing supplies and shipping materials on hand for any case that may come up while you are running operations at your business. You may be thinking that packing supplies are not super necessary for a company that does not regularly ship things, and I am here to tell you that this is a false way of thinking.
Rather, it is important to have these things on hand in case an emergency situation comes up or you have an unforeseen need to ship something quickly to a client or a customer. Who wants to take the time out of their busy schedule to drive to the post office, wait in line, buy some shipping materials, and drive all the way back to the office when you can just have things ready ahead of time? Ordering supplies online is also a great way to avoid having to wait in midday traffic and be more productive with the time that you are spending at work.
Other office supplies that are often overlooked is technology. Technology is a very broad category and can encompass a lot of different things depending on who you ask. However, I would classify technology as anything that makes the life of your employees productivity easier – computers, laptops, phones, printers, scanners, internet, and all the things like that. If anyone has had to try to be productive at work and deal with slow internet, then you know exactly what I am talking about. There is absolutely nothing worse than having to try to wait on the speed of the internet to catch up with the speed of you working and being productive.