Office Equipment & Supplies

e-Waste Association of South Africa

The e-Waste Association of South Africa (eWASA) was established in 2008 to manage the establishment of a sustainable environmentally sound e-waste management system for the country. eWASA is your central point of contact for advice and action. eWasa is a Pan African non-profit organisation based in Durban South Africa. As a non-profit organisation eWASA, provides support through efficient services and attractive terms and conditions by a small and highly and competent team as well as strong Partners throughout Africa.

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Insuring your home-based business

If you're like many entrepreneurs who run a business from home, you have to ensure that you are adequately insured against loss, damage or theft. The type and amount of insurance you need will depend on the kind of business you have and the replacement value of your equipment. A good first step would be to do an inventory of all your business-related equipment and attach a value to it.

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Inventory list template

An inventory list is a tool to keep track and manage the stock of products or materials necessary to your business. The attached file is intended to be a simple and practical tool to be adjusted and used by SMEs working in all sectors. You may adapt it to reflect your business needs, type of clientele, products and services you offer.

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Leasing equipment

Financing new equipment – from computers to phone systems to capital equipment and other gear you need to run your company – is a major issue for many small business owners. Leasing, instead of purchasing, can be a cost-effective option, particularly if you don't have the cash on hand, but need the equipment. In fact, you might want to consider leasing even if you do have the cash to invest. This article looks at the advantages and disadvantages of leasing equipment.

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Protect your business from crime

The high crime rate is a reality of doing business in South Africa. It is because of this that security is one of the most important aspects of running a business - it's not an area where you can afford to cut corners. Smaller companies, with fewer resources to secure themselves, are particularly vulnerable. Find out what basic measures you can put in place to make your business less of a target. This article looks at various ways of assuring your company and your employees' safety.

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Securing your inventory and property

It can be difficult to prove that an employee is stealing your equipment or inventory, but this can be extremely costly fraud. The key is not to catch someone in the act, but to enact policies that prevent it from happening. Use the techniques outlined in the article, such as inventory audits, inventory control policy and others, to secure business property and prevent inventory theft.

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Setting up your home office

Having a home office may be an attractive option if you're running a small "one-man show" or starting out small with a view to expand once the business is off the ground. There are, however, some practical issues to consider before you start setting up your office. When starting/running a business from home, you need to have a plan of action with regards to the where, what, why and how of setting up your work-space. This article provides you with some tips on how to get started on your home office.

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Take your business to GREENer pastures

"Going green" is not just a phrase being thrown around by various industries. As South African consumers (and potential international customers) become more environmentally aware, it makes good business sense to take your company into the era of environmental consciousness. Depending on what kind of operation you have, this may even be a matter of legislation.

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Tips for managing your inventory

Simply put, inventory management refers to the act or process of keeping track of or managing the stock in your small business. It is a crucial aspect of running a profitable business because the inventory you keep is essentially potential profit in the form material goods such as food, clothes, etc. Holding on to inventory should therefore be something to avoid as it will tie up your cash flow.

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Upgrading your home office

If you’re trying to run a business from your dining room table, on a dial-up Internet connection with the computer you’ve had since high school, it might well be time to revamp your home office. While there are no substitutes for a good business plan, having the best technology you can afford will ensure your working hours are spent more productively, thereby improving your output.

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Why small businesses need to care about security

Though to some degree this must seem obvious, security is a wide-ranging concern, since there are all sorts of dynamics and targets of theft. But with new tech and new ways of creating and storing data, we need to take precautionary steps to help secure ourselves - and, therefore, our businesses. This article looks at how not to fall victim to cyber and other crime.

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