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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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