As a startup company, built on nothing but enthusiasm and entrepreneurship, you just have to cut some corner whenever you can. It might sound bad, but to be frank, you just don’t have all that much of a budget to splash about when just starting out. You have to make do with the bare minimum while remaining actually functional and efficient, which may be a tough balance to strike. No matter what kind of business you will be running, chances are you will have to purchase quite a few PCs, either to perform the main purpose of your service, for example, web design and anything slightly demanding, or just office PCs for your employees to do typical work office work on. Dependant on that, you might be able to get your work PCs on the cheap, or you will have to allocate some of your budget towards them after all.
Can you save a lot of money on PCs?
If your business is one which strongly depends on the performance of your PC, you might not be able to cheap out all that much. Say you need to do a lot of 3D rendering, or maybe video rendering, a pretty damn decent PC at least will be needed to save you time, and your employee’s sanity. If you want to just get some generic office PCs with no ridiculous specs to do your generic office things like writing the odd word document, handling emails, browsing the web and maybe the occasional spreadsheet and presentation, then you are in luck.
When looking for office computers, the best thing you can check out straight away, are refurbished PCs. You can find several websites online which sell refurbished computers, for a lot less money than you would probably expect. Refurbished PCs are obviously not brand new, as the name suggests, they are fixed up from whatever issue they had previously and put back together to be sold again. They will never be as good as a brand new PC right out of the store, but they basically are the next best thing and for a more than accessible price.
Other than the PCs themselves, you have to worry about all the peripherals needed, the most important ones being the mouse and keyboard. While there are all very nice and fancy mechanical keyboards available on the market nowadays, they do often fetch quite the hefty price which is why you should (at least for now) stick with the good ‘ol tested membrane keyboards with the now-classical switches made by companies which have been involved in Membrane Switch Manufacture for years on end. Mechanical keyboards are indeed making a comeback, but one should not discredit the fact that the large majority of businesses around the world still use membrane keys for much more than just keyboards. Calculators monitors, remote controls and air conditioners to name a few mostly still use them. So do not feel like you are providing your employees with something of terrible quality and you’re being cheap, not at all, you just are not going all out yet.
Computer mice should not be an issue to find for extremely cheap in the slightest, especially when buying in bulk. While roller mice were the original standard and are probably the cheapest to get if you even manage to find some, that technology is most definitely showing its age. Instead, just stick with normal optical mice for everyday office use