When to buy office furniture? A few tips for startups

By | 2016-12-01T19:14:26+00:00 July 7th, 2012|Archive|

The sweet stages of getting a startup off the ground include many hurdles. The biggest and most important roadblock to overcome is securing funding.

After you find a place to work, whether that be home or office space, your employees and clients need to conduct business. This is challenging without furniture. It is highly unprofessional to ask your potential business partners to sit on the floor during a meeting. All across the board, companies need the basics. A sturdy desk, comfortable chair, and good lighting.

Thrift stores are a common shopping place for cheap furniture finds. The problem is that you end up with a strange mash-up of colors and styles. While that is quirky for the cast of Friends enjoying a latte at Central Perk, your clients won’t necessarily enjoy sitting on a secondhand couch that used to be a scratching post for your grandmother’s feline companion.

When you are a startup in a world of new business, standing out is important. Choosing the right furniture for your office is vital. Once you have the money to realize your vision, and a backer that supports your dream, when should you purchase furniture?

Ask yourself the following questions:
  1. How much of your monthly budget can be allocated for furniture?
  2. What pieces are must haves? (BE HONEST. You don’t need that aquarium if you don’t have a desk yet).
  3. How many people will be working with you? Will they need a dedicated desk, or a communal workspace?
  4. How long are you planning to stay in your current office? (Small hallways and doors can hinder the move of large furniture. Easily moveable furniture is great for evolving offices).

Once you answer these questions, you will have a better idea of what to buy first. Ideal first buys are ergonomic chairs, basic desks, and ambient lighting. A well designed and ergonomically correct task chair pays for itself; Don’t skimp on your employees health. It is advisable to try out ergonomic chairs and other furniture before you buy.

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