Starting a Business Should Involve Proper Office Technology Foresight and Planning

After graduating from Rutgers in 1980, I embarked on a career in Professional Business-to-Business Sales of Commercial Office Equipment and related technologies. In 1983, I started my own sales, service, supply, and marketing company, Electronic Office Systems of New Jersey (EOS). For more than 42 years EOS has worked with over 4,000 businesses of all shapes and sizes. The clientele that EOS serves consist of startups and Fortune 100 companies, amongst others. Helping companies to boot strap and grow their business has given me the greatest sense of joy and motivation to give back to society. Over these decades, I have met many business owners who started their companies without understanding their target markets and properly allocating their financial resources. As a result, these businesses tended to fail in the next 2-3 years and experience significant losses on their investments and their time.

Proper Office Technology Planning Should Be Done from the Get-Go

Passionate about helping businesses with pre-business setup/planning, I developed an Office Technology and Backbone Components list. Aspiring entrepreneurs should consider the following checklist

  1. Commercial Realtor: Location/Zoning/Dollars/Space needs to Lease/Purchase easy from inception. (Location, Garage Doors, Loading Docks)
  2. Bank/Banker: Checking, Lines of Credit, Fees, and Credit card processing
  3. Cellular Phone Provider
  4. Marketing Company: Corporate Identity, logo(s), tagline, website, SEO, social media presence, and public relations
  5. Signage: (Town Guidelines) seeking a variance if required for successful ongoing growth
  6. Offset Printer: Brochures, letterhead, envelopes, forms, and premiums
  7. Attorneys: Real Estate, General Business, and Human Resources
  8. Accountant/Bookkeeper: Accounting Software
  9. Insurance Agency: Property & Liability, Workman’s Comp, Errors and Omissions, Cyber, Sexual Harassment, Health & Life.
  10. Payroll Company: Tax Filings and Employee Leasing
  11. Employee Benefits: 401Ks, HRA’s, HSA’s
  12. Temp Agency/Recruiters
  13. Vehicles Purchase/Leasing: Fuel, Repairs, and Insurance
  14. Utilities: Gas, Electric, Water & Sewer
  15. Garbage collection: Cardboard, paper, and recycling
  16. Post Office: Register Address and PO Box
  17. Cleaning Company
  18. Electrician, Plumber, HVAC, Solar Panel System, and Sewer Cleaner
  19. Handyman
  20. Garage Doors and Loading Docks
  21. New/Used Office Furniture
  22. Racking, Forklifts, Pallet Jacks, Propane, and Equipment Services Providers
  23. Landscaper and Snow Removal Company
  24. Office Supply Company
  25. Break Room Supplier: Coffee, Water Purification, Snacks, etc.
  26. Locksmith
  27. Alarm Company, Central Station, and Video Cameras
  28. UPS, FedEx, and/or Pickup Box
  29. Elevator Repair
  30. Roofing Company
  31. Franchise Fees
  32. Business Coach (S.C.O.R.E)
  33. Government Finance Entities: SBA and NJEDA
  34. Budgeting
  35. Business Plan
  36. Drip Marketing Software
  37. Contact Management Software (e.g., Salesforce)
  38. Corporate Credit Cards
  39. Zoom Account
  40. LinkedIn Account
  41. Online Store
  42. Employee Handbook
  43. Marketing Plan
  44. Mission Statement/Value Proposition
  45. Staffing and org chart including reception/admin
  46. Hiring- Recruiting/Screening/Selecting/Training
  47. Compensation Plans
  48. Reviewing and Feedback Structure