Technically Speaking: What Equipment Do You Need For A Startup?
Technology requirements for a new business
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Technology is all around us in one form or another. When you are looking to start up an organisation it requires the wearing of many (metaphorical) hats. So, when you’ve moved into a high rise space in a wonderful area, what do you need? We shall cover the obvious, and the not so obvious.
THE ONLINE TOOLS
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Looking at what routers to purchase will depend on the amount of staff you have working for you. You need to make sure the speed is enough to stop colleagues from speaking about “buffering” and “crashing”.
As most hardware is costly to upgrade, switching to the cloud is a very cheap option. The security of the cloud is improved with every software update, and you will save yourself on electricity bills. Because the cloud powers down when it is not in use, it is economically sound.
A Business Email Address
If you don’t have a business email address, get one! It’s the first step to making customer contact more professional, as a typical email address does not put the business forward as a big player.
There is a point to listing this. If staff don’t have pens, or paper, how are they able to complete the most menial of tasks? It all starts from the ground up, so have the basics in place! Keeping the store cupboard replenished with paper clips, rubber bands, post it notes and anything else in between will help you.
A Work Landline
Based on your means of contacting people, a workplace landline telephone system needs to be in place. Even in a startup, people using their mobile phones for business will incur them additional charges, which they will then want to claim back from the business.
Printers And Photocopiers
Printers and photocopiers are required for any means of correspondence, and will be used much more than you think. So get them installed.
Having a reliable tech support company for any system malfunctions, such as Ricoh Support, is a must to avoid unforeseen mishaps.
THE HEALTH AND SAFETY STUFF
Fire Alarm And Fire Extinguisher
Most offices are fit with fire alarms, but if you are moving into a new building check that they are installed. With computers and machinery whirring at such close proximity, it could result in small computer fires or worse. Making sure you have a working “water additive” extinguisher with CO2 at each fire point is essential. The amount of fire extinguishers you need will depend on the size of your premises.
First Aid Kit
Avoiding accidents in the workplace is something you need to be thinking about. Having a good first aid supply is the first port of call. A typical first aid kit will consist of plasters, bandages, tweezers, scissors, cleansing wipes, sticky tape, creams and painkillers, gauze dressings, safety pins, disposable sterile gloves and other items.
Making sure you have these in place are the basics to getting a business working at full capacity. Good luck with it all!
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