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The point of all profit making businesses is to do just that, make money. Attention is seldom paid to the cost of running day to day office affairs yet this can be an avenue to save costs and improve profit margins. Office supply costs take up a considerable chunk of any office budget. However, there are easy ways to cut costs when it comes to purchasing necessary items for the office.
Brand Often Doesn’t Matter
It is human nature to want to have or be associated with the best. However, when it comes to products such as pens, sticky notes, printing paper, erasers and other supplies one does not necessarily have to shop for a brand. If the items in question function in the same way as the next one, then brand name holds no value other than the prestige. Shopping generic as opposed to focusing on the brand will end up being cheaper since the latter’s costs are not inflated.
Taking a more environmental friendly approach on how you do things in the office could help reduce your overall over heads. This not only applies to energy or utility costs. Costs of printing paper for example could be significantly reduced. Printing on both sides of the paper as opposed to one side is one way to save paper, therefore, save money.
Aside from paper, there are other pieces of stationery and other supplies that can be reused. Creating a culture of recycling and reuse amongst your colleagues will see that the little supplies present in the office are maximally utilized. You get to be nature’s best friend and save money while you are at it.
Buy In Bulk
Ordering your supplies in bulk and ordering them well in advance actually saves you money in the long run. Making bulk purchases saves you the hustle of having to make last minute dashes to the nearest store when you run out of supplies, and we all know how frustrating it could be to run out of ink especially in the middle of a printing project. You also have the time to shop around and compare prices before making a bulk purchase to ensure you get the most bang for your buck.