If you’re bootstrapping, you should keep the costs to furnish an office as close to $0 as possible while you get the business off the ground. Once the business starts growing and you move from the seed stage to early stage, and especially growth stage, there’s the tendency to progressively improve the office in an effort to look more credible for recruiting, but especially for egos.
Here are ballpark costs to outfit a startup with mid-to-high-end furnishings:
- Open workspace with “L” shaped desk, cabinet, and electrical – $1,500/person (nice cubicles are $3,500/person)
- Herman Miller Aeron chair – $600/person
- MacBook Air/Pro – $1,500/person
- 25″ monitor – $350/person
- Wired ethernet port – $100/person
- Desk accessories like keyboard, mouse, etc – $150/person
So, for $4,200 per person you’ll have a great, professional environment. Add another five grand for things like a nice coffee maker (a must!), switches, routers, access points, foos ball, ping pong, and more (not counting build-out of the office, conference room furniture, etc). The final ingredient is blazing fast Internet ($2,000/month) and you’ll have a sweet set up.
What else? What other costs are necessary to furnish a nice startup office?
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