When I work with clients in their businesses, I often get tours of the space before starting work. Almost always I find myself in a room that is filled with previously used equipment. When I ask about the equipment, I'm frequently told that they don't know what to do with it. So, today I'll share some ideas for what you can do if you have a similar room!
Sell Your Used Stuff to Your Employees!
You can sell your used computers, copiers, fax machines, office supplies, tables, chairs (you name it) to your employees through an in-house garage sale or auction. While the equipment may not be at the level you want to use, your employees may find great value in the items.
You might even consider donating the proceeds to a local charity or pay for a company picnic or party.
Donate to a Local Non-Profit
My son attends a before/after-school program ran by the local YMCA in the cafeteria of his elementary school. They do a number of activities, but his all-time favorite is to compete on "sonic" with his friends. A local business donated an old computer and monitor (no sound, no fancy graphics, etc.) to the program. The kids LOVE it! To make it even sweeter to the business, the donation was tax deductible b/c the program is ran by a non-profit.
There are a number of different programs both profit (daycare facilities) and non profit that would love your used office equipment.
Sell to a Used Equipment Store
Check your yellow pages directory and I bet you can find a used office furniture/supply store somewhere in your area. Give them a call and sell them your stuff. Many of these businesses will even come and pick up your stuff! Don't get greedy though, remember, they are paying you to clear away your clutter!
What are your thoughts?
To your success!