Sure, your people have a place to sit, but how will they warm up that soup they bought for lunch? What will they use to print orders? Where will they gather to discuss last night’s episode of “Glee”?
That’s right, there are a few more things you might need to pick up for your new business. Lucky for you we’ve come up with a handy list of items you might have forgotten about and (bonus!) places you can pick them up on the cheap.
Obviously, you can’t run a website (or any business) these days without plenty of electronics including computers, printers, fax machines, phones and TVs (OK, so this last one might not be a necessity, but you never know who might want to catch up with “Days of Our Lives” on their lunch break).
- Amazon.com: Find refurbished and used namebrand electronics — everything from computers to calculators — for a bargain.
- DiscountPC.net: This site offers one of the largest selections of used desktop and laptop computers on the web. The equipment is all tested by technicians to ensure quality and it comes with a limited six month warranty.
- QuiBids.com: If you enjoy online auctions like eBay, but prefer to buy new, rather than used items, this site will be right up your alley. Visit the site to see what items are up for auction — electronics including smartphones, computers and flat-screen TVs are popular — then buy bids for $.60 a piece and use them to bid on the stuff you want. If you are the last bidder when the timer reaches zero, you win!
- PropertyRoom.com: Finally crime pays, at least for you. PropertyRoom.com specializes in fraud-free auctioning of stolen, found, seized and surplus items. You’ll find plenty of office equipment — computers, printers, fax machines, scanners, and more — up for bid.
Chances are your new employees might need to refuel periodically, so make sure to equip your breakroom with must-have appliances including, a refrigerator, microwave, coffee machine and watercooler. Here’s where to find them:
- CraigsList.com: Use this free classifieds site to search for used appliances in your area (which will save you money on shipping). With this site, you’ll have a better chance of bargaining with sellers — or even finding items for free — but be sure to check out the appliance before buying it (after all, you don’t want to find out that the office fridge was used to store Chilean sea bass, making everyone’s salads taste a little fishy).
- ApplianceXchange.com: This site allows you to place and search through free classified ads for items including used refrigerators and microwaves by region.
- eBay.com: Add the element of risk to your bargain hunting by heading to the largest online auction site. You’ll find both new and used appliances and, if you’re savvy, you could pay next to nothing for them.
- Estate sales: Check out your newspaper classifieds to try to score great deals on used appliances (you might even find something cool for yourself).
Finally, you don’t your office to look like a cell. Add some color to your walls and some greenery. Here’s how to do it on a budget.
- Colleges/Art schools: Check out end-of-the-semester sales at local schools. You’ll find inexpensive original artwork, and get that warm-and-fuzzy feeling that comes with supporting poor students in your community.
- Put a frame on it: You can turn just about anything into wall-worthy art by putting a frame around it — pictures from last year’s calendars, pages from an old botany book, album covers, postcards — whatever strikes your fancy. Search for frames at yard sales or thrift shops to save money.
- Etsy.com: Find original pieces created by amateur artists on this online community. You’ll find quality work at low prices created in just about any medium imaginable. Want a watercolor painting of a fox? Done. A pencil drawing of Aubrey Hepburn? Done. A photo of a cat in a tuxedo wearing a top hat and a monocle? Well … you get the point.
(Photo courtesy of LuciusArt on Etsy.com)