List of office supplies needed for a small business

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List of office supplies needed for a small business
A small business needs a range of office supplies. (office sign out of push pins image by Leticia Wilson from Fotolia.com)

As people start out running new, small businesses, they need various supplies to keep on hand. The business type and size, as well as the budget, determine which office supplies a small business needs most. Many items, in addition to those listed here, could be necessary for a particular business, so the person managing supplies can tailor this list accordingly. Supplies are available from many sources, and it's useful to check with office supply stores, websites and catalogues to find more options, selection and prices.

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Paper

One of the most basic office supplies is paper, and it's something that no small business can be without. There are seemingly endless options in paper selection, but the most-used types include computer and photocopier paper, legal pads, note pads, phone message pads, sticky notes (various sizes and colours), envelopes, stationery and company letterhead.

List of office supplies needed for a small business
Paper, an office can't run without it. (paper clip sign image by Leticia Wilson from Fotolia.com)

Pens, Pencils and Markers

Next to paper, writing instruments are among the most crucial office supplies. Pens (various colours and types), pencils, erasers, highlighters, markers and dry erase board pens are ones that many small businesses use. Containers for writing instruments keep things tidy, and correction fluid fixes errors written with pens.

List of office supplies needed for a small business
People in small businesses need writing supplies. (office supplies image by Albert Lozano from Fotolia.com)

Filing and Organizing Supplies

Despite so much information being electronic, a small business still has much hard copy information to manage. File folders, hanging files, file folder labels, three-ring binders and dividers for binders help with that. Paper hole punchers, rulers, scissors and paper shredders also serve important roles in the office supplies line-up.

List of office supplies needed for a small business
File folders and other office supplies keep things tidy. (file folders image by Chad McDermott from Fotolia.com)

Stapling, Taping and Fastening Items

Keeping everything put together neatly is important for small businesses. Office supplies that make that happen include staplers, staples, staple removers, tape (various types), glue, glue sticks and paper clips. Push pins/tacks and rubber bands come in handy, too.

List of office supplies needed for a small business
Fastening office supplies help things stay orderly. (paper clip image by Oleg Guryanov from Fotolia.com)

Calendars, Planners and Presentation Boards

Calendars and planners are available in many styles. Many people use electronic calendars but still like using paper calendars, depending on their needs. Dry erase boards and notice boards offer ways to present and display information at a glance.

List of office supplies needed for a small business
For planning, calendars are critical in small businesses. (calendar image by .shock from Fotolia.com)

Electronics and Technical Supplies

To complement all of the technical equipment that a small business often requires, office supplies such as ink/toner cartridges (black and colour) for printers, as well as computer software, can be vital. Software needs should be relevant to the business type, but some types of software, such as word processing and antivirus, are necessary for most small business types. Phones, calculators and batteries round out this category of office supplies.

List of office supplies needed for a small business
Phones and other technical supplies keep businesses connected. (Office phone isolated on the white background image by Elnur from Fotolia.com)

Office Maintenance Materials

If the small business doesn't have a service that provides its own cleaning supplies, these need to be on the office supplies shopping list. Also, dustbins, garbage bags, paper towels and facial tissues are key items.

List of office supplies needed for a small business
Dustbins and cleaning materials are important office supplies. (Wire Dustbin image by Julie F from Fotolia.com)

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