9 Basic Office Supplies Every Business Needs

Now that your small business is big enough for you to have an actual office, it's time to think about the office supplies.


As a small business grows into a bigger office space, it's time to celebrate — and to think about the office supplies, furniture and other essentials you need to keep your business running as smoothly as possible.

Take a look at this list of essentials:

1. Desk Supplies

Start with the real basics. We're talking pens, tape, highlighters, paper clips, scissors, a trash can, etc. — all the various things you take for granted. They will enable you to take notes, be creative and go about your normal daily business.

2. Technology

Sure, you can balance your bank account right from your phone, but if you use any kind of proprietary software or perform more advanced tasks, you'll need a computer. In addition to greater functionality, you can store important documents and back up your mobile devices. While you're at it, don't forget a printer and a wireless router to keep all your devices connected — with each other and to the internet.

3. Apps & Software

Regardless of your device, you're going to need software and/or a few apps to help you manage your business, and handle tasks like tracking customer payments or client invoices, scheduling appointments, maintaining a website or blog, monitoring your social media presence and doing your taxes.

4. Paper

Stock up on notebooks, notepads, sticky notes and paper for your printer and copier. (And make sure your printer and copier have plenty of ink and toner so your pages don't stay blank and you're never in a lurch before a major presentation.)

5. Organization Supplies

Staying organized is essential, so have a stapler and binder clips handy to keep your various documents and printouts together. Add some folders — both regular file folders and the hanging kind — so you don't lose important paperwork, such as personnel files or legal documents.

6. Office Furniture & Storage

Is your office chair comfortable? Does your desk provide enough room for you to work efficiently? Where will you file away your folders? Having the right furniture and storage cabinets can eliminate distractions and help you get organized.

7. Stationery & Mailing Supplies

You'll need envelopes and paper to send out those invoices, paychecks or payments, promotional offers and other documents, so make sure you have enough to fit your needs. Stock up postage, too.

8. Time Tracking & Planning

The busier you get, the more important time management becomes. Getting a calendar or planner to hang on your wall or keep on your desk can help reinforce any digital calendar tool you use, and give you space to make additional notes about to-dos. 

9. Supplies for Hanging

Never underestimate the usefulness of a bulletin board for hanging reminders and calendars to keep you on task, as well as photos and art to inspire you. Don't forget the pushpins or thumbtacks, either.

It's All about Building a Foundation

It doesn't matter if you're an accountant, a plumber or a florist — some office supplies are used by everyone. Start with this list as your foundation and keep on growing from there.