Starting a new firm can be an arduous and extremely stressful experience. A thousand different decisions need to be made each week (if not each day!), culminating in an extremely costly and risky move to strike out on your own.
When you’re just starting out on developing your own law firm, any item big or small you can save some money on may pay off in the long run. That’s why we heartily recommend using used office furniture rather than splurging on the high-end new equipment.
All Business, the small business networking association, recently put out an article on the advantages of new vs. used office furniture, noting that each has its strengths and weaknesses:
“Business owners are always looking for ways to save money. Whether you’re an office manager, company controller, or a business owner, you know that buying new office furniture can be extremely expensive. That’s why more and more people are turning to used office furniture to save money while furnishing their offices.
If money is no object, feel free to buy as much new office furniture as you need. But if you’re working within a strict budget, used office furniture may be the way to go. If you shop carefully, it’s possible to purchase used office furniture that will not only look good, but will also be accepted by employees and customers alike.”
They note that buying used has four primary advantages. The first is, of course, saving money: much like a new car, once office furniture has been delivered and installed, it instantaneously loses a significant chunk of its value. Even lightly used furniture will be significantly less expensive than brand new, and switching to used can save you as much as 50% of the original cost.
The second advantage is saving time, as new office furniture often has to be ordered, fabricated, and delivered from overseas production facilities, meaning you’ll be waiting at least a good month for your furniture to arrive. If you’re looking to get started as soon as possible, used office equipment can take just a day or two to be delivered.
Third advantage is reducing the environmental impact of your office. Producing new furniture and having it delivered takes its toll on the environment, as those factories and that container ship spew out untold numbers of pollutants. If you’re a nature lover, buying used is a no-brainer.
Forth and final advantage is getting more bang for your buck, as used furniture will not depreciate in value anywhere near as quickly as new furniture. This means you can sell off the furniture you bought for almost the same price you paid for it.
You can get pretty much anything you desire in terms of pieces of equipment used; modern office cubicles, desks, couches, and rec room items can all be purchased used and in a variety of styles. If you use a trusted local dealer such as Creative Office Design in Los Angeles, you can be assured that the products you’re purchasing will be high quality and they’ll even help you design and install your new furniture once it’s delivered.
As a law firm, most of your staff will be hardly seen, meaning you don’t need to worry too much about your clientele judging you for your employee’s used furniture. It’ll save you money, time, and keep your new firm firmly in the black AND the green.
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