Diane Dilov-Schultheis reports:
"Whether you’re a sole proprietor running your company from a home office or a small business owner renting office space, a flourishing business needs well-organized office management. Office management includes maintaining all needed office supplies that are vital for your business’ day-to-day operations. You certainly don’t want to run out of paper when printing an important document, but you also don’t want to waste valuable money keeping unneeded office supplies around. Track these items with an office supply list...Walk around your company and note the various office supplies on hand. Start in one location, such as your office[,] and then check all other areas including supply closets, break areas and bathrooms...Write down how many of each item you have. Note whether any additional types of office supplies are needed as you’re taking the inventory...Open a word processing or spreadsheet program, such as Microsoft Word or Excel. Use an available inventory list template or create one from scratch...Create a category list separating the supplies into groups. Use category titles, such as paper products, printer supplies, filing supplies, cleaning supplies, mailing items, writing instruments, break room items, desktop items and miscellaneous...Fill in the details for each category using the information you wrote down during your office walkthrough. Name, save and print the completed supply list...Keep this list at your desk for easy access. Continuously make note of how often you use the various supplies and how long it takes to replace the item, such as whether you can buy the item locally the same day or whether you have to order the item a week ahead of time...Order or purchase your office supplies as required to maintain your essential inventory. Review and update the office supply list every six months or so."
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