Small business owners are always looking for ways to save money. If you’re in the market for office furniture, you can save plenty by shopping around, comparing prices, and following these seven, helpful tips:
- Create a plan. Don’t rush out and buy the first desk, chair, or workstation that you see on sale at the local office supply store. Instead, spend some time carefully creating a plan. Evaluate your office furniture needs and ask your employees for their input as well. Keep in mind how much space you have for the office furniture, factoring in any plans for hiring additional employees.
- Start shopping around. Begin your search for budget office furniture by carefully examining the ads published by local office furniture dealers. But don’t just limit your search to those specialty dealers. Places like Wal-Mart, Kmart, Target, and even Costco are now stocking office furniture. The difference in prices may surprise you, so compare carefully.
- Keep comfort in mind. In your planning stage, you surveyed the employees who will be using the new office furniture, so keep their comfort in mind as you shop. For example, make sure any workstation you are considering has enough leg room for the people who will be sitting there all day.
- Ask colleagues for referrals. Check with your local chamber of commerce for referrals to budget office furniture dealers. Ask past customers if they are satisfied with their purchases or if they are sorry they went in that direction. The more information you have, the easier it will be to make an informed decision about where to buy your budget office furniture.
- If you buy online, consider shipping costs. Although it may appear that you are saving a bundle by purchasing budget office furniture online, you may be shocked when you’re hit with a massive shipping bill. Be careful of who you do business with on the Internet; many business owners don’t read the fine print carefully before signing on the dotted line.
- Look for refurbished office furniture. Over the past few years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of refurbished office furniture dealers. In addition to finding lower prices on some brand-name office furniture, you often get a warranty that is just as good as when it was new. From refurbished cubicles to refurbished work tables, you can find plenty of bargains from these types of dealers.
- Ask for additional discounts. The old saying “you won’t get it unless you ask for it” holds true in the budget office furniture business. Don’t hesitate to ask for an additional discount, especially if you are buying large quantities, or will be making purchases from that vendor again in the near future.
Don’t let buying office furniture become an overwhelming task. Do your homework ahead of time, plan carefully for what you need, and then be a pit bull when it comes to comparing prices and quality. Make sure you know what you are getting for your money, and you will feel better about the whole process of buying budget office furniture.
In addition to office furniture and office equipment, the cost of office supplies can be one of the bigger factors affecting your bottom line. But by doing your homework, you can save your business a lot of money. Read Save Money on Office Supplies for some helpful advice.