Smart Startups: Simple Strategies for Getting the Essential Equipment You Need


When you are first starting out in business it can be notoriously hard to budget, and it can prove to be a challenge to work out what to spend your limited resources on, so that you give yourself the best chance of hitting the ground running.

Contacting suppliers like to negotiate a price for the essential equipment that you need is part of the process and having a strategy in place for getting everything in place means that you can start concentrating on making a profit, sooner rather than later.

Decisions to be made

Every type of business will need some sort of equipment, some more than others of course, but whether you need a bank of computers or some heavy machinery, you need to not only decide what you need right now, but the best way of getting it.

There are always options and decisions to be made, such as whether you should consider buying the equipment outright or whether it might be better to lease it.

There are potential pitfalls with both of these scenarios. If you buy equipment and use up a lot of your cash, you might experience a short-term gain, but when that equipment becomes outdated and something better comes along, you are left to carry on with equipment that you can’t afford to replace without taking a financial hit.

Leasing does give you greater flexibility in that respect, but being able to upgrade your machinery more quickly, does come at a cost, and you can end up paying more in the long-run when you factor in finance charges.

Driven by standards

One fundamental aspect of your decision-making process and strategy for buying equipment, is to be driven or at least guided, by the relevant standards that might be applicable to your particular industry.

What this means is that to be able to compete on a level playing field and in some cases to be able to offer a service that complies with current regulations and standards, you might need to invest in equipment that meets those current and future needs.

Having a legal responsibility towards a certain standard of compliance is definitely one factor that can drive your equipment needs and checklist. You may also want to check out what your competitors are doing and what services they are able to offer.

You want to try and avoid a situation where you are already at a competitive disadvantage by operating without the latest equipment, so it makes sense to address those needs and see whether you can equip your new business to be able to compete and so that you have a future-proof setup to a certain extent.

Room to grow

Thinking about the future with your business plans is always a good idea and being able to grow your startup will be essential to your success with the venture.

Choosing your business equipment wisely is an integral part of your forward-planning strategy. With that in mind, you might want to check that any equipment you are considering buying is open to the possibility of updates and modifications.

That can make a big difference. Investing in equipment that has the capacity to grow and evolve with your business rather than hold it back, is definitely something that you need to give plenty of consideration to.

Keeping your purchase costs down

Once you have identified the equipment that you need to acquire for your business, the next challenge is trying to negotiate the best possible deal.

The deals you can do and the ways that you can save money, do vary between industries.

For instance, if you are starting a business in the construction industry, safety and compliance is just as important as saving cash, but you could look at renting some equipment you don’t need very often as a way of keeping your capital costs down.

If you are running a manufacturing business, it is highly likely that the equipment you need will be pivotal to your operation. If just one piece of your equipment fails for any reason, this could affect your whole operation. This is why you might want to consider trying to negotiate a deal that includes maintenance and repair costs.

Whether you buy, rent or lease, there is no question that getting the right equipment and machinery for your business, will be essential to your success.

Tom Pritchard has worked in the manufacturing business for many, many years. Now semi-retired he is sharing his knowledge with the younger generation through his articles.