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Saving tips when purchasing office furniture

One of the greatest challenges a small business faces is how to grow while still keeping overhead expenses down. Fortunately, purchasing office furniture does not need to be a costly endeavor. The steps below outline several ways businesses can save money while buying office furniture, caring for the workspace and establishing the business.

Tax tips

The arrival of April means tax season is in full swing, and some business owners are unaware that they can write off all office furniture and equipment purchased for work on their taxes. Any equipment bought for the business, including computers, fax machines, desks, chairs and other furniture can be written off as a business expense, helping the owners to save some money.

Buy used office furniture

When investing money in furniture for a workplace, most - if not all - business owners want to invest wisely. Buying second hand office chairs, for instance, from someone off the street or from a Craigslist posting is not the best way to ensure the investment will be a wise one, especially since a low-quality chair can result in injury. When choosing second hand items, finding a respected manufacturer that specializes in selling used office furniture and helps the business owner with everything from selecting the furniture to creating a layout can pay off well.

Do-it-yourself

Keeping office furniture clean, cared for and up to date is one way to ensure that the investment is a lasting one. Although it may be tempting to hire a full janitorial staff to ensure all the work gets done as quickly as possible, some business owners save money by rolling up their sleeves and polishing the office furniture themselves. Business owners may want to reevaluate their budgets to assess their financial situations before hiring a cleaning service.

Neighborly business

Workplaces can save money on advertising by sharing marketing with neighboring businesses. Partnering up with another local business to help promote a sidewalk sale, or forming a strategic alliance with a business that sells complementary goods or services can cut expenses in half. As long as there is no rivalry, business owners can work out mutually beneficial situations and split costs by sharing everything from mailing lists, distribution channels, office supplies, office space and vendors.

Want to create a comfortable, collaborative work environment? Visit the Office Furniture Warehouse website to complete your office landscape.

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