17 Essential Office Supplies for your Business in 2021

Are you looking for an office supplies list to help you purchase must-have items for your home or work office?  

To ensure your business has all the supplies it needs to perform right from day 1, we have put together a list of the most essential office supplies.  

 

1) Paper  

Printing is a common occurrence in the office and its important never to run out of Paper! There are many types of Paper:  

  1. A) Normal Photocopy Paper- This usually comes in A4 size and used for printing documentsand making photocopies.A5 & A3 size of Paper are also popular. A5 paper (148 mm x 210 mm) is smaller than A4 size. Whereas, A3 (297 mm x 420mm) is larger than A4 size.  

Double A Photocopy Paper 80 gsm 500 sheets

 

  1. B) NCR/Computer Paper

NCR paper is a type of coated paper designed to transfer information written on the front onto sheets beneath. For example You print some text, that text gets printed on the sheets beneath.  NCR is usually measured in terms of “ply” which is the number of sheets. 3 ply is 3 sheets.  

Paperline 2 Ply NCR/Computer Paper 9.5" X 11" White-Pink 1000 sets

This NCR paper comes in handy when multiple people require a copy of the document. For example Invoice can be printed on 3ply NCR paper- 1 copy is for the customer, 1 for the salesperson and 1 for accounts.  

 

  1. C) Letterhead Paper

Letterheads are used by companies for official company transactions. It usually has the company name, address and contact details mentioned. Companies submit letterhead papers to Banks, Government departments, Courts, etc. 

Conqueror Paper A4 100gsm 500 sheets High White

Letterheads should be printed on “Conqueror Paper” instead of normal photocopy paper. Conqueror Paper is thicker than normal paper and is accepted for all official transactions in the UAE. 

  1. D) Bond Paper, Glossy paper

Xel-lent Glossy Paper 180gsm 50sheets/packet

Glossy Paper is used for printing flyers and brochures in house rather than getting it done from expensive printing shops. It is recommended to get your flyer/promotional material designed from freelancers online and do the printing in house at a fraction of the cost.  

Bond Paper is typically used to prepare agreements & contracts.  

2) Paper Shredder 

Flamingo Paper Shredder - 8 sheets

Mostly used to destroy sensitive office documents, a shredder is a portable machine to get rid of waste paper. Don’t worry about your confidential documents falling into the wrong hands! 

3) Writing Tools  

Pens

Every office needs sufficient stock of pencils, pens, highlighters, sharpeners, erasers & markers.  

4) Desk Essentials 

Desk Organisers

Calculators, Stapler, Staples, Staple Remover, Post Its, Binder Clips, Business Card holder & Document Tray are the must haves for any staff or executive desk.  

It’s important to also purchase the right quantity of these items. We recommend stocking at least 3 weeks' worth of supplies. 

5) Stamps 

Stamps & Stamp Pad

For all official transactions such as agreements, contracts, letters to the bank; you must create the “official seal of the company” also known as the “company stamp”. In the UAE, typically Company name (English & Arabic), telephone number, emirate name and UAE is mentioned on the seal.  

There are other important stamps that can be purchased off the shelf without any customization:  

“PAID” Stamp 

“RECEIVED” Stamp 

“APPROVED” Stamp 

“POSTED” Stamp 

“CONFIDENTIAL” Stamp 

6) First Aid Kit 

UAE is a modern country where an ambulance typically arrives in minutes. However, it’s best to plan for unforeseen events and every business including small ones should have a first aid kit. All staff must be trained to administer basic first aid.  

First Aid Kit

Maintaining workplace and worker safety is essential.  

7) Paper Products 

Every staff, executive, guest will need a notebook or notepad when in the office. Some of the most popular paper products are:  

Receipts, Vouchers & Other Books

  1. A) Manuscript Books A4 / Full Scape Size 
  2. B) Payment Voucher Book – This is used to record payments and to get the receiver to countersign as proof of payment. 
  3. C) Petty Cash Book – This is used to record small cash transactions. 
  4. D) Visitor Book, Vehicle Log Book, Stock Register book.
  5. E) Cash Invoice Book, Receipt Book
  6. F) Notepads – A5 Size & A4 size 
  7. G) Legal Pads – A4 & A5
  8. H) Post-it 

8) Envelopes  

Envelopes

Envelopes are required to securely transfer documents to clients, suppliers and other parties. Envelopes come in White & Manila (Brown) Colour. Multiple sizes are usually available with the most common being A4.  

9) Files and Folders 

Files & Folders are essential to neatly organize your documents and present them to other people.  

FIS Bill Folder PVC 150X250mm Blue

The must-haves are: 

  1. A) Hanging FileFolder
  2. B)Display Book
  3. C) Clear Folder
  4. D)My Clear Bag
  5. E) Box Files
  6. F) Clipboards 
  7. G) Presentation Binder
  8. H) Dividers & Pockets

10) Support Equipment 

There are many things required to make the office functional. Some of the support equipment are:  

Rexel 4 Drawer Vertical Filing Cabinet 1320mm x 465mm x 645mm

  1. A) Standing Fans
  2. B) Wall Clocks
  3. C) Filing Cabinets
  4. D) Lockers – for staff to put their personal belongings
  5. E) Adaptors &Extensioncords 
  6. F) Key Cabinets- to organize all the important keys

11) External Storage – Hard Drive and USB 

Go Digital and Keep all your essential files handy in a USB or External Hard drive. 

Sandisk Cruzer Blade 3.0 USB Flash Drive

It is well known how internal storage of a computer system falls short. Documents, PPTs, and images keep piling up. Plus, you need backup. Hence investing in external storage devices makes sense. They are easily connected to many other devices and swiftly transfer data. 

12) Phone systems & Internet  

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  1. A) Telephone

Maintaining communication between all staff of the company is paramount. Typically, businesses take a landline (fixed line) telephone number from Etisalat or Du. In UAE, for fixed line & Internet, not all areas are serviced by both companies. Many times, only 1 company is covering a particular area of the city.  

If you have multiple cabins and many staff it is recommend to look into getting a PABX system. 

  1. B) Internet

For any internet connection a router & modem is required. Check which company (Du/Etisalat) is servicing your area. Usually, the modem is provided by the network provider, whereas you can arrange for a router from the market. There are many famous brands of router: TP Link, D Link, etc. For added security, you could also add a firewall to protect your communications. 

13) Computers & IT Equipment 

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Every office needs computers and All in One (Printer/Scanner/Copier) machines. Regarding computers, you will have to decide which type of computer is most appropriate for each staff member. It is better to give a tablet computer to a sales person and a desktop PC to an accountant who works from the office.  

If office staff shift around between multiple locations, laptops are the best. The disadvantage of Desktop PC’s is that they don’t run on WiFi. You could have considerable networking expense if you opt for desktop PC’s.  

14) Cardboard Boxes 

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Cardboard storage boxes come in handy when putting away old files or transferring files to another location.  

15) IT Consumables  

Usually all IT companies like HP, Epson sell their machines (printers/copiers/scanners) at cheap prices then charge exorbitant prices for the IT Consumables (toners/cartridges).  

Difference between Cartridges and Toners | Cartridges vs Toners

It’s important to pick the correct toner/cartridge that will work with your machine. Nowadays there are ink bottles that claim to provide more printouts with less ink.  

There are many fake IT Consumables being sold in the UAE by dubious shops. These are known as “compatibles” or “first copy”. Although extremely cheap compared to the original, these fake products tend to damage your printer.  

Securing a supplier of genuine branded IT consumables at an affordable price is very important. 

16) Presentation Products 

Do you get worried about giving a presentation in front of all staff, clients and the boss? Every office needs to have the below presentation products: 

Anchor Iview Tripod Screen 200x200

  1. A) Projectors & Projector Screen
  2. B) Flip Chart Pad & Stand
  3. C) Whiteboard,Felt Board &Cork Board 
  4. D) Accessories (Markers, Eraser, Push Pins)

 

17) Cash Handling Equipment 

It’s important to keep all company cash secure and transport it to the bank without any issues. Some products to purchase are: 

Counting Machines

  1. A) Cash Counting Machines
  2. B) Cash Box
  3. C) Cash Bags & Security Seals

That wraps up our office essentials list. If you would like us to write part 2 of this article or focus more on any particular area, comment below. 

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