Anybody can decide on a whim that they want to be “their own boss” and start their own business. But for those that are truly determined to set themselves apart from the competition, it is vital to make some key investments at the start. To present yourself as a professional company, here are some great low-price purchases to set an official standard for your new business.
1) Label Maker — $30-$100
Whether you buy the simpler version or invest in the more complex label makers, these help bring a feeling of authenticity to your company. In addition to keeping your home office organized and making mailed documents seem more official, a label maker is a cheap way to get professional results.
2) Receipt Printer — $200-$350
While this may seem rather expensive, it will pay for itself in the future with the level of professionalism it brings to your transactions. When you provide a printed receipt as opposed to a written one, you are showing your customer that you are willing to go above and beyond to deliver the official service they deserve. Especially if you are selling to online buyers, you will be pleasantly surprised by the positive feedback when they receive a physical, printed receipt with their shipped goods. Albeit small, it is a message to your clients: You are dedicated to your service.
3) Customized Advertising Labels — $46.99/box
When you start a business, you create a brand for yourself that needs marketing. Advertising labels are a great way to turn your business from an idea into a tangible product. Customized labels are cheap to make and easy to distribute to local businesses and stores. They can be be given in tandem with a business card, given on their own, or thrown in as a free addition to any merchandise you send to clients. Putting an icon to the business is essential for making a memorable mark on the customers you market to.
With these few additions, you’ll have a great place to start for your new business and truly set you apart from the rest. For the prices listed above (and even further discounts), head to Office Depot and start investing the smart way, today.