It doesn’t matter what type of business you’re running. If you have an open office environment your clients are welcome to visit, the first thing they’ll notice is the decor. They’re going to notice whether your office is clean or cluttered, warm and inviting or cold and unwelcoming, and generally inviting and organized. The less professional this first impression, the less a potential customer or client is likely to want to trust you. So how can you find professional furnishings for your business without breaking the bank?
Check out local consignment stores in your area. Consignment shops are places where people put household goods up for sale – sort of like a yard sale but in a retail environment. The consignment store represents the seller and keeps a commission for making the sale. You can often great decent prices on nice pieces and you may even be able to find a couple of matching pieces for a lobby area or office, if needed.
Close Out Sales
Close out sales are also great. Furniture stores like to move out old styles so they can make room for new styles and designs. They often run huge, short-term close out sales in order to get rid of what they no longer want to keep in stock. Since these are formal stores, those who need complete, matching sets should have no problem finding the items they need.
Look around to see if the furniture stores near you offer refurbished pieces, too. Refurbished office furniture may have been sold and used before but has been repaired, recovered, and otherwise made to look as good as new again. The benefit is that you get a lower price on used goods.
Replica pieces are also growing in popularity and there are tons of stores popping up where you can buy them – online and off. Love the design of a set you saw in a major office supply or furniture store but hate the price tag? You can get pieces that look similar to those name-brand items at a fraction of the cost. Browse different designs as you shop and then look to see if you can find replicas at a lower rate.
You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to make your office look great, but you definitely need to present a professional front as soon as you can. Look around and think out of the box. You’ll be ready to open your doors in no time.
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