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5 Essentials for the Organized Office

June 05, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 221

Running a business out of a small office space or even the home has its challenges. Having the knowhow for the industry isn't always enough. The most basic requirement for efficiency often comes down to the office supplies. It doesn't matter if the business owner is the best at what they do if they can't respond to clients, ship products or write down important information. Staying organized is often the key to good customer service. Good customer service is often the key to attracting and keeping clients. For the home office, there are 5 basic supplies that can help to keep things organized and help the small business owner stay on top of the basics. These items can be purchased from office supply stores.


Paper is a basic necessity for any company. Even for those with environmentally-friendly set-ups, some things simply need to be put in writing or documented by non-electronic mean. Printer paper, sticky notes and notepads are helpful for the most elementary tasks.

Writing Instruments

Writing instruments come in many forms. Pens, pencils, markers and highlighters help employees and executives alike keep track of projects, take notes, brainstorm and create visual aids. Writing instruments don't have to be fancy or expensive to achieve their purpose. Cheap office supplies help keep overhead low.

Clips and File Storage

Staying organized is critical to keeping customers happy. Compiling groups of paperwork and other documents can make the difference between appearing organized and competent and appearing disorganized and losing clients. Binder clips and paper clips can be temporary or permanent fixes for staying organized while working with a client or preparing a project.

Coffee Supplies

A small home-based business has many needs that regular offices have, but on a smaller scale. One of the most important aspects of having clients come for a consultation or meeting is having refreshments. Making coffee is a basic requirement for most business people every day, but it is even more important when clients are coming to visit. The basic necessities of coffee and coffee filters, cups, stir sticks and napkins should be available at a moment's notice. While small businesses need to watch their expenses, coffee supplies can be purchased at discount office supply stores to meet their needs and the needs of their clients.


Whether it's for shipping, correspondence or keeping small parts together in the same place, businesses need envelopes. There are various sizes available, depending on their use. Office supply stores stock large and small security envelopes used for invoicing, shipping and protecting documents and paperwork. These envelopes can also be used to provide paychecks and pay stubs to employees, payments to other businesses or samples for customers.

Whether it's a small company in rental space or a home office, good customer service and organization are important to winning and keeping clients.

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