Office supplies for new businesses

When you’re setting out on a new business venture, there’s so much to think about. All the big-picture stuff can be pretty consuming, but it’s the small day-to-day details that will really make a difference. So, you’ve got the business plan, the funding and an empty office. What comes next is stocking the office with everything you and your team need to get the job done. To make your life a little easier at this very busy time, we’ve put together the ultimate small business office supplies checklist. Take a look through this list to make sure you have everything you need to keep your office stocked, employees happy and productive and to set the tone for success.


Everyone is enthusiastic about the dream of a paperless office, but the fact is that digital doesn’t cover everything yet. There are several instances where pencil, paper and an old-fashioned stapler are the only way to go. These are the basics for any well-stocked supply cupboard. Refer to this checklist when stocking up on stationery in the office:

Waste management

It’s easy to overlook this one. You’ll need desk wastepaper baskets, recycling bins and a shredder to cut back on clutter and properly dispose of garbage.

Office Chair

If you’re sitting for most of the day, an ergonomic seat can help you remain comfortable – and far more productive than you would be otherwise, attempting to work the kinks out of your back and shoulders. A good office chair is a must. I once had a friend who temped for a company for over a year while sitting on a stool. Unacceptable!


If your office space has not been blessed with big closets, you’ll need organised and attractive ways to keep things neat and tidy. Storage modules and organisers are a quality investment to ensure your office team has easy, organised access to supplies and more. This is also the time to decide on a filing system that makes sense

Office Life

No matter how big or small your team may be, keeping them happy, healthy and feeling great is fundamental to keeping the business running smoothly. Maybe you’ve got the budget for a great break room, or maybe you’re bootstrapping it and you’re going to have to be creative about establishing a pleasant environment. Either way, it’s possible to provide a few creature comforts and a few necessities: you don’t need to spend a lot to make sure everyone is well cared for. Here’s what you shouldn’t be without:

First Aid Kit

The exact size and contents of the kit may be regulated depending on the size of your company and the industry, so be sure to do your research.

Kitchen Supplies

Whether you’ve got a full kitchen or just a cart in the corner, here are the must-haves. For some of these, disposables will work in a pinch:

So there you have it, our essential checklist for stocking a brand new office. If you open your doors on your first day with all of these small business supplies in house, you’ll be set up for success. We wish you the best of luck in your new business!

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