Setting Up a New Office Checklist

Rebecca Arkell | November 7, 2014

So, you’ve decided to make the leap from your back bedroom or garden shed into an official office space. You’ve found office space to rent or buy, signed on the dotted line and are itching to get in. But before you’re up and running there is one more thing you need to do…you need to set your new office up.

This sounds simple, and to a degree it is, but have you though about all the essentials¬†you’ll need? We’ve put together this handy checklist below to make sure that you’re not rushing out to the shop on the first day because there is something you’ve forgotten!

New Office Essentials Checklist

Office Furniture

  • Desks & Chairs
  • Bookcase &/or Filing Cabinet
  • Bins (don’t forget your recycling bin)

 

Stationery

  • Printer Paper
  • Envelopes
  • Headed Paper & Compliment Slips
  • Business Cards
  • Pens
  • Notebooks
  • Post-it Notes
  • Filing Equipment
  • Sticky Tape
  • Scissors
  • Stapler & Staples
  • Paper Clips

 

Technology & Communications

  • Computers, keyboards, mice
  • Cables
  • Computer Software such as MS Office
  • Printers & Ink
  • Photocopier/Scanner/Fax Machine
  • Postal Equipment (if required) such as scales & stamps/franking machine
  • Telephones
  • Phone & Internet Line (shop around for the best deal!)

 

Facilities

  • Gas &/or Energy Connection (shop around for supplier)
  • Lighting & Heating
  • Fire/Security Alarm
  • Fire Extinguishers & First Aid Kits
  • Food Storage
  • Drinks facilities/supplies
  • Crockery & Cutlery

 

…Other Things to Think About for Your New Office

Admittedly this isn’t really part of the checklist, but have you thought about what you’ll do it you get visitors? Depending on the type of business you’re running, you might not need to think about it, but if you’re likely to¬†have clients coming to your offices you may want to think about creating a space for them to wait and having an area that can work as a meeting room.

If you haven’t found your office space yet, did you know that we offer ready-to-go office suits in our Newport, Swansea, Cardiff and Cwmbran locations? Rates are all inclusive (excl. phone line) and we can even supply furniture and other equipment at no extra charge!

So there we have it, this list certainly doesn’t cover everything you could buy, but it will get you set up so that your first day in your new digs goes as smoothly as possible!

Let us know in the comments below if you think we’ve missed anything off out list!

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