Regardless of the industry you’re operating in, you will have several options to choose from when purchasing energy management, office furniture, website hosting and other business solutions.
Refrain from being thrifty with solutions during the decision-making process. It may look good in the beginning (saving you more money), but it could cost you more than what you expect due to the hidden charges and rates that aren’t discussed.
Unreliable business solution suppliers may show efficiency from the start to grab your attention, but you will start facing stock shortages, faulty supplies and unexpected issues after a few months.
It is better to pay more for reliable business solutions rather than face problems and shortages while your business is gaining momentum.
Would you choose quantity over quality, or the other way around?
If your organisation chooses quality (of products and services) over quantity, taking the reliable solution route provides you the following:
You may have to pay more for business products and services offered by a reputable company at the start of your project. Whilst this one-time–big-time payment could cost you thousands of dollars in the beginning, you’ll be able to enjoy what you paid for without any upfront, and they’ll be with you along the way whilst the size of your business grows.
If you’re looking for a scalable web hosting solution, Rackspace and other similar brands can help you jumpstart the business. Besides the scalable, pay as you go public cloud solution, also make sure the company offers private cloud solutions in case there will be a future integration need in the organisation. The good thing about these companies is that they allow clients to choose specific add-ons to handle the increasing media content and traffic.
Durability is always considered when purchasing physical business assets such as office equipment, furniture and storage. Whilst you do not have control over equipment depreciation, it’s best to choose products that can last for many years to avoid frequent replacements, which is costly.
Alibaba, a popular business solution website, provides a list of suppliers for office equipment and ergonomic chairs and tables. You’ll find other similar sites, and most suppliers offer a one-year warranty. Whilst you can purchase cheaper products from these suppliers, there is no guarantee if the chairs will last for many years.
The supplier will ask you to return the goods for replacement if it doesn’t stand the promised durability period. However, this is time consuming and disrupts the operation of your business, making your employees unhappy and uncomfortable (without a chair, table or equipment). Most of all, sending products back overseas will cost a fortune in itself, unless the supplier pays the shipping costs.
Reliable business solutions have the potential to increase the productivity of all departments in your business. When employees are more productive, they’ll produce more output with the same amount of resources than before.
Cisco conducted a study on BYOD (bring-your-own-device) business solution and found out that it increases the productivity of employees and lowers the expenses of organisations that are implementing the method.
In the end, the decision is up to you. You may choose quantity (opt for cheaper products to get more in numbers), or you may choose quality where you pay more initially (quite expensive products, yet worth it) but will save you more money in the long run.
Are you willing to pay more?
About the author:
Krisette has been researching into different ways to improve productivity through the use of the latest technology.