Keeping an office supplied with items such as envelopes, printing paper and general stationery items is an essential part of any business. Depending on the size of the organisation, business owners or office managers may wish to buy their supplies from High Street stores, online retailers, or to arrange for their own personalised stationery to be produced.This article provides a guide to buying business office supplies.
Buying from the High Street
For very small businesses who don't require much stock, buying from the High Street is often the quickest option, as there are no minimum order requirements. Items such as envelopes, paper and filing products can be bought in small quantities, as offices need to dictate. While purchasing from the High Street can be expensive, it is probably most effective for people who work for themselves or for those who employ one or two members of staff.
Keeping your receipts
When purchasing stock from shops, business owners should always ensure that they keep their receipts, as office supplies are a legitimate expense for tax purposes. These expenses can be an off-set against the income of the company/sole trader to reduce the net profit/amount earned, thereby reducing the tax liability.
Bigger organisations will benefit from purchasing online. Companies, such as Viking Direct, cater for business customers who want their office supplies to be delivered to their premises quickly. These companies offer substantial discounts for customers buying in bulk. The bigger the quantity ordered, the the lesser the price per unit will be.
Aside from stationery, these companies often sell a full range of office furniture and equipment too. While the turnaround for general stationery is normally twenty-four hours, bulkier items can take longer. However, the price normally includes the delivery, installation and/or assembly.
Online retailers often offer additional discounts on certain items, especially those which are being discontinued. Incentives are also given to customers who pay promptly or order a certain combination of products. Be sure to check the special offers section on the relevant website.
While many businesses have their own letterheads, compliments slips and business cards, it is also possible to get a whole array of products emblazoned with the company logo. These items include pens, rulers and mouse mats. These can be used as promotional products or marketing tools.
Printing companies can organise letterheads and company stationery. These range from brightly coloured logos to stylish designs. There are lots of them being advertised on the Internet and it is worth shopping around for the most competitive price.