Every small business has supplies that they need over and over again. Printer cartridges, printer paper, copier paper, pens, staples, etc… are always used. To help make your office more efficient, why not create a frequently used supply list. Here is how to make one for your small business.
First, you need to decide what supplies you frequently use. Do this by take a stack of Post-its and sticking them to each supply you use and replace often.
Then go around and make a list of all the items that you frequently use.
Then, write down how much you buy of those supplies. And, write down how often you buy it. If you track your supplies and know where they come from, you can look at your bank register in QuickBooks or Quicken to get a better idea of how often you buy the supply item.
I like to use a table to track this information. Be sure to add a check box next to each item to help check off what you need.
Print out the list and have other employees who may add to the list look at it. This way they can give you feedback on items that you may or may not have missed.
After the list is complete, print it out and laminate it and hang it in a visible space. Attach a dry erase marker from the laminated paper.
Here is an example of one I created that you can use for free.
I hope this helps you save money and not over buy these supplies. Even though you use them often, it doesn’t mean you need to buy a lot of them. By tracking these supplies, you will better know what your expenses are and when you buy them. So, try it out and see if it saves you time and money.