One potential bright spot in a somewhat gloomy world economy is that more people, whether by choice or because of their circumstances are starting up their own businesses. Starting up a new business is exciting, and people who do it quickly realize how much work it requires. You may have to take out loans, get a business license, find an office, hire employees, and furnish your office space. A lot of new businesses are on the lookout for discount office furniture, and they may find themselves choosing between new furniture from discounters and used furniture.
The great news is that you don't have to plan for every possible contingency right now. If your business consists of you, your partner, and your secretary, you can keep the furniture fairly simple to start out. If you're located in an open-plan building, you may want to get dividers so that you will all have some degree of privacy. You'll each need an office desk and a chair, and you'll want a few extra office visitor chairs for visitors. You might need a locking file cabinet or a drafting table. Discount office furniture suppliers are often very adept at outfitting start-up companies.
Don't go overboard in furnishing your office. One of the dangers of buying used furniture is being so smitten by the low prices that you buy way more than you need. Of course, you want enough office furnishings so that you can all do your work, but filling the place up with extras you don't need will do nothing for productivity and only add visual clutter. Divide up the square footage of your office space by the number of people working there to get an idea of how much square footage each of you will need. Choose the size of your furnishings accordingly. A good discount office furniture dealer will be able to help you choose the right sizes and styles to suit your particular needs.
Sometimes discount office furniture means "used," and there is nothing wrong with this. Unfortunately, businesses fail, and it's sometimes possible to buy furniture from a failed business at a huge discount. The risks here, of course, are pre-existing damage, stains, tears, and sometimes the smell of cigarette smoke embedded in the upholstery. Very carefully check out any used office furnishings you are interested in because chances are, you won't be able to return it if you later decide it isn't right for you. And check prices for new office furnishings. You may be pleasantly surprised at how far your money goes.
The days of start-up companies generously endowed with venture capital that can buy the poshest furniture are mostly over. Start-ups today have to be much more careful with their spending. But that doesn't mean an unattractive office full of half-broken, ugly office furnishings. If you're creative enough to start your own business, then you're creative enough to search out the best in discount office furniture so that your new office will be functional and attractive. If you're thinking of buying used office furniture, you should also take the time to scope out new office furniture sold by discounters. It may well be your best bet in terms of quality for the money.
In these uncertain financial times, it is of the greatest concern to preserve your capital.