Besides the obvious essentials (laptop, printer, paper, pens, stapler…) my label maker is one piece of equipment which I find invaluable. I use a DYMO Letratag (approx £25).
I use my label maker in my office to organise my paperwork, filing, stationery and materials. It’s the first thing I pack when I’m going to a client’s house to set up their office systems. (I also use it around the house to the hilarity of my family.)
Why use a label maker?
- A printed label looks much neater than handwriting and is easier to read
- Labelling things clearly makes them easier to find, making a tidier workplace and reducing your stress (because you can find things more easily)
- Labels provide a consistent, professional look – useful when taking files out for a meeting with a client, for example
- Printed labels are clear and don’t fade as quickly as ink
10 things to label using a label maker:
- Client files
- Your admin files
- Tabs on suspension files in filing cabinet
- In-tray, out-tray
- Recycling and shredding boxes
- Desk drawers and book shelves
- Electrical plugs
- Used notebooks (add the date range of when you used the notebook for easy reference)
- Archive boxes (include the contents and date archived)
- Personal belongings (e.g. I do this when taking my own training materials to a training session)
What is your must-have stationery?