Setting up a new office involves many decisions - from choosing a location to finding the right leasing arrangement.The articles presented here are a blueprint for the entire planning process.
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Office Space Resources
Refer to the following articles for solid information on office space options, costs, equipment, supplies and other key points.
- Selecting the Right Office Space - Strategies and Options - This section provides guidance on office selection, location and zoning. Learn about leasing, buying and more.
- Virtual Offices and Executive Suites - Explore ways to acquire an office address and built-in amenities without a long-term, full-time commitment.
- Improving an Already-Existing Office - This article discusses tips on enhancing your current space, with a focus on safe and productive surroundings.
Equipment: Hardware and Software
Your top priority is to outfit your office with the right hardware, software and equipment. The information here can help.
- Choosing the Right Office Equipment for You - Here is a concise overview of copiers, fax machines and other equipment, as well tips on purchasing hardware.
- Choosing the Right Computer System - This article discusses minimum requirements for a business-worthy PC, and the pros and cons of laptops versus tablets.
- Small Business Software - This section offers help on assessing your business software needs, along with product suggestions in marketing, bookkeeping and other categories.
- The World of Microsoft - This section reviews Windows 8, as well as Google Apps for Business and Apache OpenOffice 4.0, Microsoft's leading online competitors.
Business Services, Supplies and "Green" Practices
These articles will help you negotiate with business service providers, buy office supplies the smart way, and launch budget-smart "green" office practices.
- The Right Shipping and Print Services for your Business - Find the best print services and shipping providers, and make them work for you.
- Office Supply Options: Choose Vendors with Care - Read here for a detailed overview of bricks-and-mortar office supply stores and their online counterparts.
- Green Practices: Good for Nature - and Business - This article offers budget-smart, cost-saving tips and regulatory information that can impact your business.