By Chris Martin
Opening a new small business can take a lot of up-front capital. First, you have to buy or lease the space for your business. Then there's the marketing and advertising, as well as the wages you have to pay your employees. When you've spent almost all of your budget on these startup costs, it hits you: you still need office furniture!
Because customers generally don't like empty businesses.
But then your heart sinks when you start seeing the price tags on new desks, chairs, counters, and filing cabinets. After you purchase new office furniture, how are you going to be able to afford to open up your business?
Here's a solution: Why not just get used office furniture for your small business?
If you opt for used office furniture, you could save hundreds or even thousands of dollars that you would spend if you bought the pieces new. That's because the markup on new office furniture is so drastic. If you were to visit a used office furniture showroom, you could literally save 65% or more by purchasing a name-brand piece that looks almost as good as new! And if you're buying several chairs, a few desks, and one or two filing cabinets or counters, the savings will multiply accordingly.
Think of it as buying a used car - only easier.
Why? Because there are many used cars that look great on the outside, but have mechanical problems that may be less apparent to the casual observer. With office furniture, there are no moving parts that can break - so if it looks good, it will "perform" just as well as new office furniture will. And if there are any physical blemishes like scratches or tears, they are often on parts of the furniture that are not visible (like the underside of a desk, for instance). Even if they appear on one side, many times you can position it so that the blemish faces the wall (like on an end table).
Here's something else - the used office furniture you buy may even be better than what you can purchase new!
You've seen old desks and chairs that are heavier and sturdier than their modern counterparts. That's because much of the office furniture built a few decades ago were constructed with solid wood and heavy-duty steel - unlike today's pieces, which are more lightweight and made with veneers. In other words, they were built to last. They won't fall apart when you try to move them across a room.
This is what happens when you accidentally bump into a table made with cheap materials.
Plus, when you visit a used office furniture showroom, you can pick out the actual piece you want instead of selecting a "model" and having it delivered some days (or weeks) later. And you won't have to assemble anything; the furniture will be ready for use as soon as it enters your business. There are no mixups, misunderstandings, or surprises!
So before you shell out too much money for new office furniture, check out what used office furniture is available in your area. You'll be surprised at the quality - and overjoyed at the price!
Pic 2 Credit: …love Maegan