Checklist: 5 Things You'll Need When You Move Into Your First Office

by Jennifer Goforth Gregory on February 26, 2013
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Moving out of a home office and into an office building can be both exciting and stressful for entrepreneurs. That’s because, as a small-business owner, you’ll want to make sure that you’re bringing in revenue while you’re still unpacking boxes and settling into your new digs.

Although your moving to-do list may be quite long, here are five things you’ll need immediately in your first office:

 1. Internet service — Connectivity is essential for most businesses to function. To avoid any downtime, set up the internet service in your new office before you move. If you anticipate a considerable lag in installation or a high probability of technical difficulties, consider having a WWAN device on hand as backup so you can connect over the cellular network.

2. Housekeeping supplies — Few things are more frustrating than forgetting to bring toilet paper for the restroom. Before you move, pack a box of essential housekeeping supplies for the office and send it over with the first moving load. Include toilet paper, hand soap, paper towels, garbage bags, and any other items that the office may need. If you’re required to have any safety equipment, such as a fire extinguisher, bring these items to the office before you begin any work there.

3. Professional signage — This may be your first commercial office space, but you don’t want your company to look new or inexperienced, especially to potential clients. Invest in professional signage to let passersby know the nature and location of your business. You never know when you’ll attract a new customer!

4. Furniture — In addition to desks and chairs for you and any employees you’ve hired, you may need seating in the reception area for clients, vendors, and others. You may also want to set up a conference table for meetings and collaborative projects.

5. Office equipment — If you’ve hired employees to work in the new space, your home-office printer or fax machine may no longer suffice. Before packing on moving day, evaluate your current office equipment, including phones, computers, and peripherals. Can this equipment accommodate all your employees? You may need to upgrade or add on to the equipment you currently own.

Jennifer Gregory is a business writer for Intuit and is passionate about solving small business problems.

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